Tag Archives: teen portrait

A Session at the Botanical Gardens

When my friend told me that her daughter was going on her big OE (Overseas Experience) after she graduated from High School, the first thing I thought was:  “You need a family portrait!”  How nice to mark this occasion with images.  Their daughter’s plan is to be back in 6 months, but who knows how long it will really be.  Regardless, when she does return, she will have been changed by the experience.

We decided on having the Session at Napier’s Botanical Gardens.  We braved the weather and all the downed tree limbs, leaves and branches from the cyclone that hit the Bay just days before.  The rain soaked greens of the Gardens made a wonderful backdrop for our Session.

Family portrait in Napier, New Zealand.

Family portraits are enduring keepsakes.

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

A Session at the Beach

This family portrait session was for a mother & her daughter.  When I asked where they would like their session to be, she said, “We are beach people!”  So I found a nice section of beach north of Bay View.  Happily the weather cooperated too.  It was so nice to capture a few memories for them, playing in the surf.

Family portrait in Napier, New Zealand.

Family portraits are enduring keepsakes.

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

The Beginning of a Tradition

I had the opportunity to work with a lovely family recently.  They wanted a family portrait.  It had been a really long time since their last portrait had been taken.  I think it was when the kids were in grade school.  The kids are done with school & are on to the next phase of their lives.  It was the perfect time to capture who they were now, as a family.  When I asked if there was a location close-by that had special meaning to them, everyone agreed that it had to be Dobel Reserve.

The Session has been the source of a custom family album & gift prints for Christmas.  But more than that, the kids have decided they want to do this every 5 years.  What a wonderful new tradition!

Family portrait in Napier, New Zealand.

Family portraits are enduring keepsakes.

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

Custom Albums Make Wonderful Keepsakes – Family Portrait Sessions 1

Family portrait taken on location at Dobel Reserve, Taradale.

Family portrait taken on location at Dobel Reserve, Taradale.

As a photographer, it is so fulfilling to be asked to design an album for a client.  Piecing together favourite images to tell the special story of their day.

Here is an album I designed for a Family Portrait Session.  The nice thing about this session is that it was a Christmas gift from her mother.  The gift was given to create an opportunity for the very busy family to slow down just long enough to capture a series of images to be enjoyed long into the future.

This is an example of a 6″x8″ rectangular, lay-flat, album with a photo cover.  Other sizes & cover options are available.

Note: To view this album example, you will need to have Adobe Flash Player version 11.1.0 or greater installed.

Cool Autumn Days are Perfect for Portraits

Teen portrait in outdoor setting.

On location at Napier’s Botanical Garden.

Autumn is here & winter is around the corner.  That means cooler days & softer light. It is an optimal time for outdoor portraits.  Jackets, jumpers, scarves and long sleeves are comfortable to wear at these temperatures.  All those layers and textures add interest to images.

Do you have a teenager at home?  When was the last time you had their portrait taken?  Often the answer is years ago, when they were just a little kid.  I bet they have really changed since then!

Interested in having a portrait taken?  Contact me today to discuss location ideas.

For more information about my portrait sessions, please see my website.

Teen portrait in outdoor setting.

On location at Napier’s Botanical Garden.

5 More Tips on What to Wear

Family portrait taken at Ahuriri Estuary, Napier, New Zealand.

Coordinating clothing colours is a winning combination.

Here are 5 more tips if you want to take it a step further when planning what to wear for a family photo:

  1. Look at your home decor.  Do you like bright colours?  Neutrals?  It is can be nice to coordinate the colour scheme of the photo session with that of your home.
  2. Consider your location & the season.  These things set a mood and clothing can complement the mood.  Do you want the images to feel casual or dressy?
  3. Think classic.  By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.
  4. Adding Texture.  Items with texture, like jeans, scarves, belts, wool jerseys can add character to an image. Or layers, like jackets or layered tees.
  5. Plan ahead.  Start thinking of the clothes right away. Check to see if the outfits you were thinking about for your kids still fit and are ready to wear.  If you wait until the last minute you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting or being in the laundry.

In case you missed it, here is my first blog post on 5 Tips on What to Wear.

5 Tips on What to Wear

 

Boy with his hand up.

Just five things to keep in mind.

Here are a five tips to keep in mind, when planning what to wear for a family photo:

  1. Choose coordinating colours, not necessarily matching.  Pick a couple of colours for the family to work with and then they can choose clothes that will fit in this colour scheme.  One way is to start with one person first & then revolve your choices around that outfit.
  2. Limit patterns.  Keep it simple. Solid colours or simple patterns work best.  Generally, patterns can be distracting.  It is best to avoid stripes, herringbone & checkered patterns.
  3. Say no to logos & characters.  Just like patterns, characters, pictures or writing/logos on t-shirts & clothing are distracting.
  4. Shoes. They will be in the photos, so be aware which shoes you put on.  Dark socks & footwear are generally preferable.
  5. Hair.  Do your hair the way you would normally wear it while wearing these clothes.  If getting a haircut, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to the session.

The goal is selecting clothing that does not attract attention.

If you would like to find out more, go to my next blog post 5 More Tips on What to Wear.