The couple enjoyed their day and each other during the photo shoot. This shows clearly in the images.
Sechrestphotos was kept very busy this October and November taking family portraits. I have a few tips for the families thinking about using a professional photographer.
- Discuss with your photographer the location. Families can choose locations that may not produce the best result. If the location has sentiment the photographer can make it work but if your goal is awesome photos let the photographer choose. The family can lead with park or country settings, beach, or city.
- Wardrobe can make or break your family portrait. Speak to your photographer with your ideas and listen to suggestions. If someone in the family is a rebel and wears plaid while everyone else is in white that family member will be the focus in the pictures.
- Time of day. Schedules often dictate the family availability but being a little flexible can make a big difference in the light and the final product.
Finally have fun. A good photography will be able to relax the family and capture the love relationships family members share.
Alan and Ina
After completing many Graduation Shoots I have learned some very important “Best Practices” I’d like to share.
- Location, Location, Location! Pick a location that has some meaning to the graduate. Laguna Beach, Downtown San Diego, and Local Parks are all good choices just to name a few. Talk to your graduate for what they are interested in.
- Outfits: Educate the graduate and their family on what will look good at the location. Suggest several outfit changes. This gives more meaning and insight to who the graduate is.
- Props: Props are fun. If the graduate is interested in reading, writing, sports, etc. Bring some items to utilize in the shoot.
- Timing: Pick a time of day that the light is useful to the shoot.
- Last but certainly not least: Make sure the experience is fun for the graduate and the family. I would suggest take a few family shots after you capture the graduate.
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When we met with young Sandy and her family in San Clemente; the job was for a Family Portrait for grandma. There was seven grandchildren from 2 families. We wound up spending extra time and taking individual portraits. Alan and I enjoy getting to know the familes and making sure we can get our photo subject to relax and let their personality come through.
Sandy started out shy but soon was having fun posing and moving through the shoot.
A good photographer will know how to relax their clients and how to “capture the moment” .
Alan used the natural sunlight as his main light to accentuate Sandy’s blound hair. It was at 2:00 PM when we shot this picture.