Family, Kids, Maternity and Weddings | Photography business

How to get the most out of your family portrait session

By on August 23, 2012


This is what you get when you tell Callie Not to smile


During a recent family portrait session a mom asked me what was harder – shooting weddings or family portraits? Hands down shooting family portraits is one of the hardest photography jobs. A wedding may be stressful and complex but at least there’s a plan.  People are there to celebrate an incredible occasion and they are there to have fun. I can’t say the same for family portraits.  Many family portrait shoots are controlled chaos. Sometimes people don’t want to participate or in the case of kids they can’t help being kids.

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Architecture and Design | head shots and portraits

Environmental Portraits for Creative Professionals

By on August 7, 2012
Tina - K. Marie Design - environmental portrait
Tina – K. Marie Design – environmental portrait

I am a firm believer that professionals should have a good head shot. For executive professionals the image is usually used for speaking engagements, annual reports, websites and newsletters. Most executives come to me because they need  a head shot. I think it is even more important for service-oriented professionals to have a great head shot.  Creative professionals tend to come to me because they want  a head shot. That was the case with Tina. She wanted a head shot for her new website and marketing materials.

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Family, Kids, Maternity and Weddings | head shots and portraits | Photography business

It costs how much?

By on November 2, 2011

A few years ago most commercial photographers wouldn’t stoop to shooting weddings and family portraits. It was beneath them. Some of the photographers that did, went to great lengths to hide their wedding and family work from their commercial clients. Although I separate my commercial and family work on different websites I’ve never been shy about either. I love working as a photographer. Period. I love shooting both and I’m proud of the work I do in both areas.

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Family, Kids, Maternity and Weddings

Watching ’em grow – a five year tradition of family portraits

By on October 12, 2011

One of the great things about shooting family portraits is developing relationships. This year I’m shooting with a lot of families I have photographed on numerous occasions. In a lot of cases I only see the families once a year but documenting the family’s growth is an amazing experience.

A few weeks ago I shot Tracey and Carley. This marks the fifth year I’ve photographed them. The night before our shoot I bumped into Carley at the El Segundo High School football game. My heart dropped to think she was already in high school, but it turns out she’s still in 8th. Carley was nine years old the first time I photographed her in 2007.

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head shots and portraits

Shooting personal work keeps me sane

By on August 11, 2011
Eva - Santa Monica Pier - July 2007
Eva – Santa Monica Pier – July 2007

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I’ve started to scratch out a couple blog posts over the past month but each time I start a job comes up and takes precedence. This week I vowed to shoot for me. Shooting personal work keeps me sane. When I end up working on shoots for other people for weeks at a time I can feel the itch to go out and shoot a concept I have control over.  Family portraits, TV commercials, architecture, Galas, receptions and pretty much every other paid job means my client is running the show. I often have creative input on my jobs but photographing people giving speeches and shaking hands doesn’t give me the satisfaction of going out and making great photographs.

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Family, Kids, Maternity and Weddings | Photography business

Getting great results with family portraits

By on July 7, 2011

Of all the different types of photos I shoot, family portraits are the most challenging. It’s the one type of shoot where the outcome is uncertain, the participants may not want to be there and there’s group photos involved.

A few weeks ago I spoke at a high school career day and asked a room full of students if they enjoyed their family’s portrait sessions – all but one said they didn’t like them. If you asked me the same question I’d be in the same camp; I’m not a fan of having my picture taken. Why? I feel awkward, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to stand, I don’t know what to do with my hands, I don’t know how to smile, do I look goofy, do I look fake? These are the same thoughts going through my client’s minds.

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