Yippee!! Autumn is almost here! This is the busiest time of the year for family portraits, and believe it or not it's time to begin thinking about your Christmas card plans. Here is everything you need to know about getting portraits of your family before the holiday rush:
The best way to get creative images that truly reflect the personalities of your family members is with a Signature Session. I'll meet with you for a planning consultation so that we can brain-storm an awesome location for your family. I'll also help out with clothing decisions and answer any questions you might have. The session itself can take place just about anywhere your family would love to go for fun! Landa Park, Morgan's Wonderland, or even your own backyard are just a few ideas of great locations. Sessions take place weekdays 9-2 AM, M-W-F 3-7 PM, weekends are 8-11 AM or 3-7 PM. My weekend sessions fill up fast, so book early to secure the best spot! The Signature Session fee is $150, with a $50 discount for returning clients. Prints and products are sold seperately, with packages beginning at $440.
Mini sessions are quick & easy, a great little slice of fun without the whole production of a full session. Minis are 15 minutes long and done on selected weekends at specific locations. Each mini is good for 2 people (two kids, one kid and one parent, etc) but you can book two consecutively to get a whole family. A minimum of 10 retouched images will be posted to an online gallery, and you will have permission to download them immediately to your computer. The Mini Session fee is $99. This year’s minis are as follows:
Sat. Oct. 12th 3-6 PM Rockwall Ranch
Sun. Oct. 20th 3-6 PM Gruene TX
Sat. Nov 2nd 2-5 PM Pearl Brewery/River Walk
I love creating Christmas cards for my clients every year, but this year's cards really stand out...literally! The center of the design has a perforated ornament that pops out and becomes an instant keepsake for your friends and family:
I'll have a full lineup of card designs to choose from, with different price points and customization options. Templates can be found HERE. Cards must be ordered before Dec. 1st, but you can request your envelopes early to get a head start getting them addressed.
What to Wear
This is the most difficult part of the process, but I'm here to help! Here are my six top pieces of advice:
Avoid the "matchy-matchy" thing. The current trend in photography is for everyone to blend together in similar tones and styles. White shirts and khaki pants are a thing of the past.
Avoid large blocks of white, especially on just one person because they will stand out from the group-trust me!
Pay attention to everyone's shoes! Boys frequently have bright tennis shoes with neon shoestrings, switch those out if you can.
Long sleeves are the most flattering, especially if you are self-conscious about how your arms look.
You can be "Christmassy" or not! The choice is yours, there isn't a right or wrong.
Be yourself! The point of a family session is to capture the relationships between all of you and to show who you are at this moment, not your clothing and stiff smiles. Don't stress too much about how everyone looks and come ready to relax and have fun!