Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wall Portraits of Children turn Nightmare into Bliss

I love what I do! Every day brings something new but the greatest satisfaction comes from bring joy to other people's lives. I just got a message from one of my favorite clients, Cristy, and thought I would share:

"These portraits have made all the difference for me.

"At the beginning of November, our house was flooded. All of our possessions that were salvageable were put into storage and we had to move into a hotel while all the flooring was replaced, the walls repaired and the entire house repainted. I love the holidays and being in a hotel during this time was really depressing.

"To make matters worse, the people doing the work did shoddy workmanship and we had to fight with them every step of the way. It was a nightmare!

"We spent Christmas Day in the hotel. We watched the kids open a few presents but Paul and I couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to open our own presents. Finally, Paul told me that someone had brought a surprise out to the house and we needed to go over there. I had no idea who or what it would be.

"When I walked in, my jaw dropped. I saw a brand new grouping of portraits of my children on the wall. Miriam had selected some of her favorite images from the sessions she had done of them over the last five years and had created a grouping and hung them on my wall for me.

"I can’t stop looking at them! They are the most beautiful portraits I have ever seen. Now I want to go home. We have arranged the furniture in the room to make the portraits look best and I made sure that my chair is where I get the best view. I spend hours looking at them. They are so beautiful! I want to have an open house just so I can show them off. I am sure every mother is going to be jealous!

"I don’t even know what to say. Nothing seems adequate. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Miriam!"

I feel very loved!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Family Portraits in the Studio

"We want a portrait that expresses who we really are." This came from Christy, a pretty and vibrant mother of three that I met with recently to talk about their upcoming family portrait session. She told me that they are passionate about athletics (basketball in particular) and try to instill in their children to always be improving, always doing their best. Like good coaches, Mom and Dad lead by example. They stay clear about what is most important in their lives and work hard to be the best they can be.

My challenge is to capture something more than just another attractive family portrait. Something that captures the essence of who they are without being artificial. Another factor is that it is December so we need to be thinking about studio options. I have an idea of them on a hillside with lots of sky but that will need to be another day.... another month.

I promised Christy that I would show her some ideas and I thought that the best way would be in a blog post so that I can share the planning process with other that are thinking about their next family portrait. The portrait at the top was a studio composite that I did for a family of very individualistic sports enthusiasts. Fun and definitely unique.

This portrait doesn't include mom but I like the simplicity and the way the boys are all little copies of Dad.

I like the white sweep because it is a blank canvas that you can do anything with. You will never guess which team this family roots for!

I included this one for the background. It works well for small groups (3 adults or 2 adults and 2-3 little ones posed close together.)

Here is our Tuscan Wall background.

Two more ideas with a family of five.

I never heard the joke but I was ready to record the aftermath!

I love the closeness of this group.

Closeness and relationship...

Finally, let's end with an outdoor portrait and dream of warmer days to come!

Hope this give you some ideas of the possiblities!