Out of all the millions of images an individual may feature in within a life time, it can be said that none can compare or hold a candle to the family portrait. The family portraits hold a lot of significance as they depict a wide range of emotions and feelings. However, even with level of importance attached to one, it is not a simple image to capture. This is due to the fact that it requires a lot of planning.
The following are two simple ways to make the process a whole lot easy:
– Getting the best photographer
The evolution of the digital camera over the past few years has brought with it a lot of surprises. Most of these surprises are a breath of fresh air into the niche called photography. All of a sudden, what is needed to take a good picture is just a tap of the finger. This has most people thinking that photography is something that can be easily gotten into.
Sadly, this is not a case that is true. Photography still requires a whole lot of patience, practice, skill and technique before a good picture can be delivered. This means that for family portraits, what you need to be doing is calling on the expertise of the professionals. To ascertain if a photographer is the right person to entrust your family photographs to, there are certain things you need to do:
– Perform checks on credibility
– Seek for previous clients and ask about experience
– Browse their portfolio and ask yourself the following questions:
- a) How do the family members in the picture look?
- b) Do I want my family portrait looking like that?
- c) Is the work of the photographer similar to something you’ve seen before or totally unique to them?
If the checks you perform satisfy your standards, then it means you should feel comfortable enough to reach out to the photographer to take your family portraits. A call is much more preferrable as it shows the level of comfort you have with the photographer. Simply sending an email means there are hang-ups.
The right photographer after you reach out to them will go ahead to ask relevant questions pertaining to getting the type of image your family seeks. A price can also be decided upon to make the discussion formal. Remember that your comfort level will affect how the portrait turns out.
The second thing you need to take of as well is the location in which the family portraits will be taken. It can be done anywhere from the family abode, photographer’s studio to a scenic destination. The location choice depends on what the family intends for the photographs to be about. Is it going to be a celebration of a new addition to the family? A commemoration of GrandPa turning 80 or a birthday surprise for mom? What ever the reason, close attention needs to be paid to the details of the location because at the end of the day it also plays a role in creating the mood for the shoot.