I have had the pleasure of watching this beautiful family grow. It’s one of the priceless gifts I receive as a photographer. We had a gorgeous night in Pittsburgh this Spring day in April. I also am blessed to include this quote from my client.
“I have used Pam to capture some of the most precious moments for me and growing family. From a fresh 48 session — to family shoots — to mini sessions — she has been my go-to photographer for years now. She is patient, kind and is, above all things, passionate about her work. I know I will get amazingly beautiful photos from Pam (that always take my breathe away and bring a tear to my eye). I cannot recommend Pamela Salai Photography enough. If you want the best, you’re in the right spot.”
How to create magical memories.
OK. Lets face it kids can be tough. Sometimes the adults can be just as tough or not harder than the little ones. Not everyone loves to “pose” in front of the camera-or in front of strangers.
1. Don’t be a stranger. Get to know your family. Ask questions find out what makes them who they are. Make a questionnaire & use it. Make sure to really get to know them.
2. Blend their clothing colors to match their home. Wait- you mean don’t just tell them to wear a basic color that you tell everyone to wear? That is right. Find out what colors are in their rooms that they plan on hanging these memories. After all you do want these hanging up in their home right ? Trust me- they will second guess hanging a large canvas if they decided to wear all blue’s because it makes the kids eyes stand out. Than come to find out her home is beige & creams with a hints of blush and blue doesn’t match on the giant blank wall that needed a gallery on it.
3. Help them. The only way they are going to feel good & look good is if you guide them. Don’t be afraid of this. Practice with friends first. Practice makes perfect after all – right ?
I personally do stylized|concept sessions. So I make pinterest boards for all my sessions. I create a theme based off the family. Basically, every session has a purpose and a reason I chose that prop or that color or that location. Pinterest is a great way for me to lay it all out & see what looks the best together from clothes, colors to props. I start with a sketch pad & than take it digital.
I always suggest to the mum to hire a makeup artist ( which I can provide for an additional fee). Show her places she can buy/rent clothes for herself or the kids. Why spend all that extra money on an outfit you might not wear again.
Come back often for more tips & ideas!