Family Portrait Wrangling comes in handy with kids in the portrait session.Family portrait wrangling is the photographers responsibility at a session with kids involved. (Occasionally I have had to do it with adults but thankfully, not too often.) I understand how hard it is for parents to get everyone together because I have I have a family, too. However, the rewards are great and I encourage you to take the plunge if you have not already done so. Here is a common scenario at home while getting ready for a portrait session:
- Everyone is grouchy
- The boys don't like getting dressed up.
- The girls can't decide what to wear or if their hair should be up or down.
- Dad could care less and hopes it won't take too long.
- Mom is feeling the pressure.
- Sound familiar? This story before a session has been retold multiple by my clients over the years.
TIMEWith enough time set aside, I have a chance to help my clients feel relaxed and make it a fun experience. This session took about an hour and 15 minutes and we went to two places quite close to each other near my studio. Small kids are more cooperative and relaxed with time and patience. When they feel comfortable enough to roll in the grass and be themselves, you know you are on the right track! Capturing the natural character of the kids are what parents love. When they are not constantly being asked to be attentive to me and the camera it is easier on them all.
Tips on wrangling.Family Portrait mini-sessions don't always work as well when young kids are in the mix and here is why:
- They need to time to scope out the photographer and get a feel for the situation. They have no idea what is going to happen so they may be a little apprehensive. The kids just want to play. MEET the kids before the session if possible, it helps. I did meet mom and the baby before this session and she shared photos of the whole family on Facebook which really helped.
- The photographer needs to create opportunities to capture them naturally and being themselves. This may take a few minutes depending on the individuals. Patience, getting down at their level, learning their names, being silly like pretending to forget their names and mix them up for example. Having fun is key and find way to help them feel comfortable. Remember that a photo session is hard for adults, too, so imagine how the kids feel! I usually ignore the kids and talk to the parents upon greeting everyone. This way the kids have a few minutes to check me out. Then I will engage the kids, get a little silly, encourage them to look at stuff and explore the area a little. Once they see how easy it is (and quick), they start having fun.
- The photographer has to teach them all, the kids and parents, how to stand, how to be close together while looking good. When everyone gets the hang of it they start feeling comfortable. It is truly amazing to me how everyone, even the kids, just start hitting poses after awhile. The kids will become more comfortable and then start ignoring me. Then I can get those unexpected photos capturing them unaware of me and the camera.
Attention all Beer LoversIf in your travels you find yourselves in Brussels, Belgium, you must take the time to visit Cantillon Brewery. It is the home of the traditional 'Lambic Fermentation Style' beer. The final product is called 'Gueuze' (More about this amazing beer in a moment). This post is a continuation of my family adventure to Europe in May. My son Dave voted to visit Cantillon Brewery in Brussels. I was luke warm on it since I am gluten free so beer and I do not usually get along very well. So, Cantillon Brewery was on the agenda and as it turned out, I loved this beer and we are friends.
Cantillon BreweryThis Brewery is a working museum of Lambic Style beer. For a small entry free of about 10 dollars you get a great experience:
- self guided tour
- a tasting of various flavors of beers in their delightful tasting room
- time to hangout and chat with the owner/creators about their delicious beer and their process.
To plan for our senior portrait photography session we did 3 important things:
- We connected by phone, determined a date for the session.
- Then we met in person to get to know each other a bit, and I learned about what she loved about New England so I could incorporate those things in the photos to remember her best times here at UCONN.
- We discussed what she would wear, the colors that she looks good in, and what colors would look good in the environment.
A Wickham Park WeddingI had the honor of photographing Andrea and Jim's Wickham Park Wedding at the Log Cabin in September. It was a bright sunny day with big puffy clouds so they could not have asked for weather. Joined by their family and friends, their vows were exchanged high on a hill overlooking the spectacular view of downtown Hartford.
Great reasons to choose a Wickham Park Wedding.The Log Cabin at Wickham Park is one of my favorite places at the park to photograph a wedding. This location has a spectacular view of the city and sunsets. There is a resident Moosehead over the stone fireplace in the cabin for those who care! The white tent attached to the Log Cabin helps with larger events, rain, or hot days so this is a definite added advantage. The Guests and newly weds are able to enjoy the gardens for lovely photo opportunities or simply the ability to relax outside on the benches. On top of all this, the formal flower garden and outdoor ceremony patio (yes with a spectacular view) is a wonderful place for ceremonies. Andrea and Jim planned a day that was totally reflective of their interests and personalities resulting in a great time for everyone. Here are some photos from the day. We started photographing Andrea getting ready at the Charles Cheney Inn. Here are the links to the Charles Cheney Inn and Wickham Park Weddings if you want to look into it. Thank you for reading my blog. Kim
Seeing Value in Professional Family Portraits On Your Walls.Professionals know how to photograph all kinds of body types and we study the best way to compliment everyone. We understand light and composition and how to handle kids who just want to have fun and not stand still, or who don't want to smile right now. My clients come to me because they see the value and the difference between the photos I can create for them and snapshots they make themselves. They hang them on their walls so they can get the most enjoyment out of them.
My goals as a professional photographer:
- To create a family portrait or a series of portraits that show who my clients are as a family.
- Show the connections and love for each other while creating images that preserve a moment in time for for years to come.
- Plan the portrait session before hand in order to get to know the family I am photographing to capture their personalities.
- Make it a fun experience.
Where do I like to photograph families?Your portraits can be created almost anywhere.
- In natural environments.
- Urban settings.
- In your back yard or home.
- In my studio.
Client Feedback:I asked Monica, the mother of this family highlighted here, for a testimonial about her experience with me after her portraits were delivered and hanging on her walls at home. Here is what she wrote:
"Our eldest child was leaving the house to go to college. This felt like a moment to be marked with a family photograph. My biggest fear was being nudged into a style of photo that did not match our sense of who we are as a family. I was already reassured that this was unlikely to happen when I saw Kim's photos on her website. I was further reassured when I met Kim in person. Kim took the time to ask us questions to learn about what we wanted and why. She took many different kinds of shots, suggested different set ups, and ensured that we had a lot to choose from. When we sat down to look at which ones we liked the most, she did not rush us and offered helpful insights. While in some ways a professional family portrait felt like a splurge, we enjoy Kim's photos every day and I'm very glad we did it."Seeing value in professional family portraits directly link to the printed image. Preserving images of our loved ones is so important for our kids and grandchildren. "Who were my great grandparents?" Family Portraits and the stories that go along with them help answer that question. Interested in a professional family portrait? Please reach out via my contact page or just give me a call at: 860-230-8828. I would love to plan your session with you! Kim
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