Your family is one of a kind. Your personalities, interests and style are just part of what makes your family who they are. We want to help you capture part of that personality in your portraits, making them truly your's and one-of-a-kind.
The first thing I always recommend is to jump on Google and do your reseach. A quick image search for "Family Portraits"or "Family Portrait Ideas" will help you to get an idea of the types of portraits you prefer. Pay attention to the the poses (are they traditionally posed with everyone facing straght to the camera? Or is the posing more relaxed and quirky? Maybe people are looking at each other or laughing?) and also pay attention to what people are wearing (Is it formal? Casual? What colors or patterns work well together?). Remember to take into consideration the ages and ability levels of anyone involved. Particuarly young children or babies and older relatives like grandparents.
Another idea is to look at what portraits you may already have in your home. Do you want to keep the poses and clothing styles simillar? Or do you want to go completely different?
Once you have decided which types of portraits you like, print out 2 or 3 examples or save them to your smart phone to show our photographer. While we may not be able to replicate your choices exactly, we will do our best to match the portraits to your taste.
When it comes to selecting the size and number of portraits to order, it's much easier if you know what you plan to do with them. Take a look around your home and decide where you would like to hang or place your portraits. How big are the spaces? Do you prefer prints or canvas? Do you have frames in mind which you plan to fill? Do you need to coordinate colors in this area? Would black and white, or color portraits work best?
Next have a think about who else you may be buying portraits for. Prints from our photo packages make great gifts and could be an opportunity to get several Christmas, Mother's Day or Birthday gifts out of the way easily and inexpensively.
Finally, if you regularly share your portraits online through social media or email, or if you enjoy scrapbooking with your portraits, our print packages all include a Photo CD. The high resolution images can be printed, copied and shared in any way you choose.
There are no set rules for what you should wear, it is entirely dependant on personal preference. Some people may choose to dress in all white and denim, which will allow the focus to fall entirely on your faces, however, others may prefer an array of bright colors, which looks like a lively burst accross the canvas. Whatever you decide, the most important thing is that everyone will feel comfortable and confident in clothing that fits well. We always use a white backdrop for our family portrait fundraisers.
Here are a few suggestions for clothing selections you might like to try:
If you're still not sure, here are a few general tips: