A fun and playful photo shoot is just what we had during this sunset family session. And, we couldn’t have asked for better temperatures given the record heat wave we’re experiencing here in Atlanta!
As I went through culling and editing this session I was struck by why we do this – why we schedule regular photo shoots of our family. Is it for the sake of the holiday card? Or is it really to give us parents something to hold on to? I think its the latter. As my children grow (they’re about the same age as these kiddos here), I find myself looking through old photographs and just being overcome with a sense of nostalgia. Documenting your family is so, so important. It is an investment in preserving memories, and you would regret not doing it, so don’t put it off.
Just take a look at this fun session – these are memories they can hold on to and smile. I loved seeing this amazing family again!
Fall is the perfect time to deck your walls for gatherings with family and friends, and October is the perfect month to plan your wall gallery. How many of you have frantically put up wall galleries in a pinch? (You can see me raising my hand now!) Yes, I have been so, so guilty of this, but now have a simple plan to getting those walls ready for really showing your family portraits.
Have a Plan Going into Your Family Session. This may seem daunting, but this is where your photographer can help! Start planning when you book your family session. When I work with my clients, we talk about which walls in their homes need help updating, or which need a fresh new wall gallery.
Think of that empty wall space…
…and make an easy wall gallery.
How Does the Process Work? Simple. Walk your home and snap photos of all those empty walls. Ask yourself, “What would make me happy to see there?”
Clients often send me iPhone pictures of blank walls and I help them design galleries from there either before or after our photo session. Sometimes with families I’ve photographed over years, or for milestones, we go back to those older images and create a wall that makes them happy.
Make notes about each wall with dimensions.
You can then send me your pictures and notes and I will send you sample wall designs, or we meet in person to knock it out quickly.
Your designs include pricing with two options: 1) Ready-to-frame-prints; or 2) Framed prints
Even walls that seem intimidating can be easily turned into a gallery.
After you send in your wall picture and wall dimensions, you receive a quote based on options we discussed.
Wondering what type of paper to print on? It can be confusing if you are new to ordering professional prints. I’ve found that the best paper for your portraits is archival paper. There are two categories of paper that I offer depending on your use. My favorite for everyday prints is archival matte. I use this for my galleries that I regularly switch out and update, but I will either have these mounted or matted, depending on the look I am going for, to ensure the images don’t warp.
However, for my own family galleries I use the fine art matted prints to ensure they last when I pass them down to my kids and they to theirs.
Take a look at my Artwork page to read more about the different ways you can feature your family portraits.
Frames can be found for every budget. Over the years I have tried out every frame option imaginable. You can find frames for any budget, but make sure you know what your long-term plan is for your images.
If you have a wall you plan to update regularly, I would go with good quality ready-to-use frames.
If you’re framing a special piece intended to last for generations, consider upgrading to solid wood frames, and use UV-shielding and Abrasion Resistant Standard or Museum Acrylic to protect your images to ensure they stand the test of time.
I offer two options: ready-to-use and custom framing. Each of these frames are specially ordered through me through my trusted vendors.
When you book your session ask me about my frame guide and pricing. We’ll find the perfect option for what you have in mind.
You can stop procrastinating and know that this can be done. If you have any questions, ask away!
This is the second year I’ve had the honor of photographing this sweet family. I’ve captured their girls as they continue to grow since they were babies during school portraits, and then as a family. Thank you so much for trusting me over the years! I’ve just loved capturing them as they grow.
Fall family sessions have officially kicked off, and I can’t wait to see all ‘my’ families again this year.
Enjoy these highlights from the first fresh fall morning of the season!
This adorable family came in for a family newborn studio session to welcome their second child. As they were in the midst of a big move into their new home, we chose the light, bright airy space at Park Studios for our session, and it just came out so lovely. Big brother was just so sweet with his new baby sister. Mom and dad purchased a large fine art canvas of their new family of four to hang in their foyer (love!). Welcome to the world sweet Scarlet! Thank you so much for having me capture this important time in your lives!
I captured this family reunion recently at Piedmont Park and fell in love with just about all the images. I literally sat down just now and watched a slideshow of their family sessiontwice, just because. One of the things I most love about my job is the people I meet. I know I say this time and again, but I find it’s especially striking when I meet new clients that are such good people.
This sweet couple just recently moved here from South Korea with their son, and are settling in to a new home and new environment. Welcome! This setting was magical. Thank you for having me capture your family all together!