How to Make Your Family Photo Session One to Remember

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  1. Plan it out.The one thing that every family photo session needs is a plan. What you’re going to wear, where the photo session will take place and how you’d potentially like to pose are all details you should discuss with your photographer ahead of time. It’s important to be flexible though to avoid any frustration on the day of the shoot. Your family’s session should be less about getting the perfect shot and more about enjoying the moment and making new memories together.

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  1. Keep it light and fun.People playing, letting go and having a giggle make for some of the best photos so make your family shoot a fun event that will leave everyone feeling happy and content. If you want to change things up a bit, bring along a few props such as glasses, balloons or toys to add that element of fun to your photos. An added bonus is that bringing some props along such as toys can keep your younger family members busy while their siblings are being photographed. You know what makes your family light up so find ways to incorporate those interests into your shoot.

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  1. Leave your expectations at the door. The perfect family photo session that you have in your head might not be what plays out on the day of the session, so it’s best to let go of any expectations that you might have. Instead, focus on relaxing and having fun and let your photographer do what they do best.

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  1. Everyone has a part to play.In order to make your shoot seem less like a chore and more like a fun family event, get your entire family involved. Ask for everyone’s input when it comes to clothing, locations, props and poses. Give each family member an opportunity to speak and take a vote on the best ideas. When family members, especially children, are able to give their input, they’ll end up being a lot more cooperative on the day of the shoot.

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Tips for Capturing Picture Perfect Graduation Shots

Your school years are filled with so many milestones and are years that you will never get back again. As a parent, you want to capture every single one of your child’s achievements, from kindergarten right through to college. A graduation is especially important as it signifies a new stage in your child’s life.

Below are a few tips to help you capture the best possible graduation photos, photos that you can look back on with admiration years from now.52283_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot

  1. Embrace the lead-up

The moments leading up to the graduation ceremony are the best time to capture a few shots of your graduate. Grab some photos of them in their gown and hat and in their graduation outfit too. You can also take some close ups of the outfit, gown, and hat on their own. Since the actual graduation ceremony will be quite busy, take this time to shoot a few family pictures too.

  1. Don’t forget their friends

While the graduation ceremony is all about your child’s achievements, their friends have played an incredibly important part in their life up until this point. Being able to look back on and remember their friends, school and favorite hangout spots is something that your child will really appreciate later on in life so take a few group shots around the school to commemorate this milestone.

  1. Experiment with angles and your zoom

Aim to take a variety of different photos on the day by experimenting with your camera’s zoom and various angles ahead of time.

If you want to get a good shot of your child walking across the stage on the day, set your camera up for continuous shooting so that you have a better chance of getting the perfect photo. It’s also always great to get a shot of the entire graduating class so take the time to learn how to take shots with a wide angle before graduation day.

School and college is such an integral part of everyone’s life, which is why it’s so important to make the extra effort to capture these moments and milestones, whether it’s for yourself or your own child.

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Professional Photo Tips for Every Season

Every season has its own unique beauty, from the golden leaves of autumn and the blossoms in spring to the white landscapes in winter and the green grass and blues skies in summer. Every season offers so many wonderful photo opportunities so it helps to know how to take the best photos at any time of the year.

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Use the best possible lighting for your photos

Taking advantage of seasonal beauty means most of your photos will be shot outside, which means you should plan your shoots around the sun if you really want the best results.

By keeping track of the sun’s schedule for the day, you can ensure that you’ll have the best natural lighting. Natural lighting will add more depth to your photos and if you take advantage of the Golden Hour you’ll automatically highlight your subject’s best features.

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Spend time thinking about your outfits

To make it easier to pick outfits for your shoot, choose a color scheme instead of trying to get everyone to wear matching outfits. A color scheme makes it much easier for everyone to look coordinated without looking exactly the same. Stay away from the latest trends. Opting to wear trendy outfits could backfire when those clothing items are no longer fashionable a few years from now so instead; go with colors and items that are timeless.

It’s also best to stay away from outfits that are really busy and will distract from the people in the photos.

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Use a checklist

In order to eliminate any stress on the day of the shoot, put a helpful checklist together that includes your outfits, props and the time and location of your shoot. If you’re working with a photographer, provide them with your ideas for poses, locations and outfit changes ahead of time so that everyone is on the same page about what needs to happen on the day.

A checklist ensures that everything runs on time and that everyone is relaxed and enjoys the experience.

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Simple is better

When it comes to creating great photos, the key is not to overdo it. This goes for everything from your outfit and your props to your background and your smiles. Being with a simple portrait to capture the beauty of the season, the more natural the better. You may find that the more basic shots make for the best prints because sometimes a busy photo takes away from the main focus of the photo.

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Take time to choose the right background

Make a decision on the kind of background you’d like to have ahead of your shoot. You can choose to use a natural background that offers natural light or you can choose to incorporate props. Remember to check that your background won’t clash with your outfit. Your background plays an important part in the overall shot but it’s important that it doesn’t detract from the focus of the photo.

Working with the seasons will always leave you with beautiful photos, timeless photos that you you’ll be proud to display in your home. Getting the basics right is all you need to create the best possible photos at any time of the year.

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Posing Tips for Him

 

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While having professional images taken can be uncomfortable for both men and women, men tend to find posing properly a bit more challenging. While women have a wide range of tools at their disposal to help them feel more confident and relaxed during a shoot, men don’t always have this same advantage. To help all the gentlemen out with pulling off a successful shoot consider these simple posing tips to guide you along.

3 Posing Tips for Him:

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  1. What is the goal of your images?

The first thing you want to determine is the kind of look or attitude you want to portray through your images. While you most likely want to look masculine do you just want to come off as a tough guy? Depending on what you will use your images for you might want to go with a more friendly or relaxed looked. Knowing the goal of your images will make it easier for you and your photographer to come up with the right poses.

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  1. Hands and arm positioning.

The most common pose men find themselves in is one that crosses the arms in front of them. This pose, however, can often give off an intimidating impression and doesn’t work with all images. An alternative to crossing your arms in front of you could be holding your hands together in a fist by your waist. For a more relaxed look try placing your hands or just the thumbs in your pocket. You can also have one hand in your pocket while the other holds your coat over your shoulder.

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  1. Body Position.

Most men tend to lean to one side whether standing or sitting. Leaning against a wall or railing or slightly leaning to one side with your hand on a chair or desk can give off a more relaxed and welcoming persona. If you want to stick with a more masculine stance make sure you keep your weight equally distributed on both feet.

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Things to Look for in a Photography Contract

No matter what the occasion or type of shoot, if you are hiring a photographer you should sign a contract. The contract will help you and your photographer better establish what is expected and can keep both parties out of any legal disputes. While the contract can seem intimidating there are some key items you will want to pay particular attention to.

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Photographer Contracts Must Haves

The basics.

You want to make sure the general information is included in the contract. Name, address, and contact number should be in the contract for both you and the photographer. If you are shooting at a location this should also be stated in the contract along with the date the shoot is taking place. If you are expecting there to be a second photographer their name should be listed as well.

The total price should also be included, as well as any tax you might be expected to pay. There should be a clear breakdown of what is included in the price such as hours of the shoot, prints, additional hour fees, and extras. It should state any deposits you have made, method of payment and the date you need to pay in full.

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The rights.

Who will own the copyright of you images is something many people overlook. You want to read carefully how you and the photographer can use the images after the shoot. Will you be restricted from posting them to your social media accounts? Do you have the right to make prints? Will your photographer be using them for promotional items or on their website? You want to carefully discuss this with your photographer to avoid and legal issue in the future.

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The clauses.

The contract will have a section that protects the photographer against any unforeseen circumstances that make it impossible for them to be present or complete the shoot. Equipment failure, medical emergencies, and other unavoidable situations can prevent the photographer from completing the job they were hired to do. It will typically state whether there is a backup photographer on call, refunds that will be given and other liability issues you will want to be aware of.

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Refunds.

You want to know what the cancellation policies are for both you and the photographer. How long before the shoot do you have to inform the photographer you are canceling to be able to get your money back. While most photographers rarely give a full refund you can expect to get something back if you cancel within an appropriate time frame. This also goes for if your photographer has to cancel. Be sure to know what their refund policy is.

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Timeline/Shot list.

You want to make sure that you and the photographer are on the same page so having an outline of what you both expect from each other is a good idea to include in the contract. You want to make sure the time you photographer is expected to show up on the day of the shoot is clear and what time they are expected to stay to. If you are having a shoot that consists of different locations, like for a wedding, this should also be included. This allows you to avoid any miscommunication on the day of the shoot.

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How to Enjoy Your Photoshoot When You’re Camera Shy

Just because you cringe at the thought of having your photos taken doesn’t mean you need to accept the fact that you’ll never have any good photos of yourself. There is a way to overcome your camera shyness and feel comfortable enough in front of your photographer to get the photos you want, whether it’s of you and your loved ones or just you on your own.34113_2017.12.21_ENG_Cribbs

Below are three tips that you can use to conquer your upcoming photo session.

  1. Be as comfortable as possible. Take the time to pick out an outfit that not only suites the purpose of the photo session but one that you feel completely comfortable in too. Wear a color that you love and get your hair and makeup done to give you that extra boost of confidence.15496_ 2017.07.22_MAT_Dugan
  2. Practice really does help. Stand in front of a mirror and strike a few poses, get comfortable with your body and your smile. Once you’re feeling better about how you look, use your smartphone or camera to snap a few shots of yourself to see which angles and poses work best. Your photographer will be able to help you with this on the day too but it never hurts to be prepared anyway.14235_2016-06-09_wed_wise
  3. Why are you doing this? Sometimes focusing on the camera and the person taking the photos is enough to put anyone off, instead rather focus on why you’re doing this shoot in the first place. Are you updating your family albums or perhaps you’re taking a few great shots for a holiday card, keep your mind on the result of the shoot instead.14676_2017.07.18_SEN_Washburn

Remember that your photographer does this for a living because they love working with people. They want to help you achieve the best quality images so have fun with it and trust that your photographer has your best interests at heart.

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6 Photos Every Parent Needs of Their Child

Having a child is one of the best experiences life can give you. They grow up so quickly, which is why it’s so important to cherish every little moment and milestone.

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  1. The new born shoot. You will never get this time back again so capture every little bit of it. Capture your baby as they dose or grab a shot of those tiny little feet. You can even snap a photo of them in that cute little onesie that grandma bought him.6400_ 2017.03.21_POR_Noland-2
  2. The family shoot. Capture the time when your little one loves to play, is walking around and loves to cuddle with mom and dad.18454_2015.08.25_por_hughes
  3. The birthday parties. Every birthday is a milestone but their first birthday party is definitely one of the most special, don’t miss out on that photo opportunity.Portrait-Photography-in-Crested-Butte-RSO- 11 (1 of 57)
  4. The first day of school. There are so many cute photo ideas for this specific time in their lives and there will be several first day of school opportunities for you to take advantage of.15345_2016-08-01_por_dunaway
  5. The sibling shoot. If you’re adding a new member to the family, getting some shots with all your children together is a must.15530_2015-08-02_por_tucker
  6. The holiday shoot. Whether it’s for your yearly holiday card or you simply love celebrating holidays surrounded by your loved ones, holiday shots are up there with the have-to-haves.4372_2015.12.15_POR_Lodovico

If you can’t resist any of the above options but you don’t feel the need to have a full photo session for each of them, you can always opt for mini sessions, which are affordable and give you a handful of amazing images to treasure.

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