I do offer GIFT CERTIFICATES!! I just redesigned and handmade my new gift certificates and I love them! I'm excited to hand some of these out. Contact me if you're interested! They make for such amazing gifts for anyone.
Why should you choose Custom Photography?
I constantly receive coupons and specials in my e-mail inbox for portraits at chain department stores, I’m sure you do too. But, there are many differences between Custom Photography and a Chain Studio, and it’s not all about price.
Basically, what custom photography boils down to is value. The value of the customer, the value of the experience, and the value of the final product. Do you want to be important and have timeless images you will cherish for a lifetime? I have been a patron of chain studios. I did it because I didn’t know of any other options! I’m here to tell you, there is another way! There is a way for your family and your portraits to be valued. A way for you to have an enjoyable experience, something you will cherish for a lifetime. Unlike a big screen TV or an iPad; your family portraits will only appreciate in value. As the years pass and memories fade, your portrait art from a custom photographer will become priceless.
“What custom photography ultimately is about, is choice and experience. Custom photography is about finding someone who will photograph your family, give you devoted 1:1 attention without the worry of who is next ‘in line’ or the feeling of a crowded portrait studio.”
Sometimes it can be hard deciding on what to wear for a photo session. Long gone are the days where families would all wear blue jeans and white t-shirts. It's wonderful to want everyone to match, but it's even better to just look good together. Here are a few tips to help prepare for your family session, or any group or couple session as well. I just highlighted a few things but there is plenty more to think about. Just remember, if you think you'll look back on these photos in 20 years and go "What was I thinking!", you should probably choose different outfits. Simple and timeless is best.
Tip #1: DON'T MATCH TOO MUCH!
I've already mentioned about the blue jeans and white t-shirts, and I can't stress about that enough. If you don't match each other every single day, don't do it for a family portrait. Even though it is a family photo, you still want everyone's own unique style and personality to shine through. You should coordinate your clothing, not match them. Pick colors and styles that compliment each other and you'll be so much happier with the end result.
The photo above is a perfect example of coordinating but not being too matchy matchy. Also, this is not my photo, I found it on Pinterest.
TIP #2: DON'T WEAR CLOTHING WITH A LARGE LOGO!
Unless you are being paid to promote a clothing line, there is no need to wear a shirt with a logo the size of your head. It's distracting and the photo becomes more about the logo than it does you. The goal of the session is to photograph you, not your shirt. The same goes for the shirts with words and letters all across the front. It's just a no-no.
I just find this photo funny. So whatever you do, don't do this :)
TIP #3: WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING!
What use is that amazing outfit if you're constantly pulling your shirt down and pulling your pants up? Or that gorgeous dress or skirt if the slightest breeze may create a wardrobe malfunction? If you have to spend too much time fixing your clothing, you should probably choose something else to wear. Comfortable clothing makes for a comfortable, successful session. Makes sense, right? I must also add, wear clothing that fits. Wearing tight clothes makes you stiff and can be unflattering, and if your clothes are too big, you may get lost in them.
TIP#4: KEEP THE LOCATION IN MIND!
If you're going to be shooting outdoors, which I mainly do, please wear something you wouldn't mind sitting on the ground in. Also, wherever we shoot, be sure to think if the color choices would look good with the location. For instance, wearing all green in a bright green grassy area, may not be the best thing to do.