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Picture People makes the story of your life more colorful because our photos are unique
to you. And the more creative input we have from you, the more personalized
your photo session. Of course, when marking milestones, it never hurts to have
a little inspiration. So select any category for some simple tips to help
prepare for your session. In fact, bring along some make up so you can get in
the picture and focus on yourself for a change.
Schedule your session during your child’s upbeat time of day, after feeding or naps,
when he or she is ready to light up the camera room with smiles. But be
open-minded: often a frown or even a sleeping baby make for great photographs.
The goal is to capture a variety of expressions. Something from your workplace
or dad’s could make for a cute pose. Cook up another idea with pots and pans.
Wardrobe is easy. Just choose colors that reflect the season. For example, bright
greens, yellows and pinks are best for summertime photos. It helps if different
kids’ outfits in a photograph blend together. Try various shades of one color
or colors that complement one another. But avoid overpowering patterns if
they’ll be photographed in a group.
You may even want to view our backdrops and plan the outfits to coordinate.
Any Hollywood director will tell you that props make the picture. So bring items
from home to make your child feel more comfortable and add a personal touch.
Maybe it’s a favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. If it’s a 1st
birthday photo session, our cameras love to see a fully decorated birthday cake
or cupcakes. You could even dress a stuff animal in the clothes your child wore
as a newborn.
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You can easily turn your photography session into a family affair. Use it to mark a
special occasion, like mom and dad’s anniversary. Or celebrate a family member’s
military service by bringing a uniform or even a flag. Brothers and sisters
always brighten up a camera room when they clown around. So bring along some
family games. The goal is to capture a variety of expressions.
For families, wardrobe is easy. Start by choosing colors that reflect the season.
And don’t shy away from accessories like hats and scarves. These portraits can
be more formal if you so desire or completely casual with kids wearing sports
jerseys. Imagine the whole family wearing their pajamas. Bring multiple outfits
so you can create some fun interaction.
Props make the picture. So for your session, bring items from home that’ll make your
family feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photograph. A vase
full of flowers is a great way to freshen up a session. Bring along some toys
they played with as tots. Maybe your teenager can hold her favorite stuffed
animal. And don’t forget a bandanna for your photogenic pooch.
If you want to be photographed during pregnancy, plan your session for the time of
day you feel your brightest. If you’ll be posing with a newborn or toddler,
schedule it during your child’s upbeat time of day, after feeding or naps, so
he or she is ready to light up the camera room with smiles. But be open-minded:
often a frown or even a sleeping baby make for great photographs.
Wardrobe is easy. Expectant mothers often photograph best in form-fitting, button down,
collared shirts. If babies are part of the picture, wear colors that complement
their clothes. Just avoid overpowering patterns. And feel free to bring along
multiple outfits to provide the best variety of photos.
Props make the picture. So bring items from home that’ll make you feel more
comfortable and add a personal touch. Maybe booties you wore as an infant, pink
or blue ribbons, an ultra sound photo or even a marker to write on your belly.
Bring a special gift from the soon-to-be grandparents. Or show the expectant
father pushing a stroller - anything to help tell your story.
You don’t need a special occasion to be photographed with the one you love. But new
photos are a great way to celebrate engagements or anniversaries – from first
dates to first decades. Schedule your session like you’re planning a date.
Follow it up with dinner and a movie. The point is, have fun. The more romantic
your experience, the more heartfelt the expressions in your photographs.
For couples, wardrobe is easy. Choose colors that reflect the season. But think
about what makes you both feel comfortable, romantic and light-hearted. Many couples
bring attire they’ve shared together – like concert t-shirts. Others have fun
with matching outfits. But avoid patterns that might clash with one another.
Props make the picture. So bring items that’ll make you and your significant other
feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photograph. Have a
treasured keepsake like a menu from a first date? Bring it on! Or perhaps it’s
a memento from a grandparent, a souvenir from your first vacation together.
Even better, think of something that’ll add humor - like a ball and chain, for
Students graduate around the same time of year, so it’s always a good idea to plan
early. Plus, you’ll want your session somewhat near graduation day so that the
excitement of one of this milestone is apparent in the photographs. But
remember, we’ll also take those special graduation photos you want to send out
to friends and family, so you may want to plan your session well in advance.
Graduation wardrobe? It’s a cinch: cap and gown. But you can also bring along other
related attire. For example, wear a letter jacket or even a prom dress (if
you’re a girl, that is). Will parents be part of the picture? Have them wear
colors that complement the star of the show. Let the graduate be photographed
with a group of classmates. And feel free to bring plenty of other clothes for
Props make the picture. So bring items from home that’ll make your graduate feel more
comfortable and add a personal touch to the photographs. Have any trophies and
honors, a sports jersey or uniform, even senior portraits? Class rings also
make the grade, as do homecoming keepsakes, anything with school colors musical
instruments, books or items from your time at school.
Schedule your session during the early part of the season and on a day when football or
volleyball practice isn’t taking place. Photographing several team members
together is always a fun experience that leads to a variety of great
expressions and playfulness between the teammates.
Not surprisingly, sporty attire is great for these photos. Uniforms are always a
plus. But if it’s too much to suit up in football gear, a simple jersey with
blue jeans works just fine. Cheerleading outfits can also pep up any picture.
Helmets and other gear added to street clothes often make for a nice contrast.
But feel free to bring along multiple outfits for variety.
Props make the picture. So bring any items from home that’ll make your team members
feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photograph. Maybe it’s a
class mascot; a football, soccer ball or tennis rackets. Often a school pennant
or older photographs of other accomplished athletes in the family make for
interesting, memorable photos.
It helps to schedule Christening, Baptism, First Communion or Quinceañera photo sessions as close to the big
day as possible. That way, the formal attire for the respective occasion will
look its best. Have other family members pose in these
photographs, especially mom. Remember, these make great photo cards to send out
for the holidays.
Many religious occasions tend to require formal attire – usually white or ivory
colors for dresses and black for suits or tuxedos. However, if other family
members will be photographed with main subject, special care should be taken to
choose complementary colors that don’t steal the show.
Props make the picture. In this case, a rosary or other prayer beads, a cross, or
anything personalized. Perhaps you have a sentimental item passed down from a
grandparent, brother or sister. Bring any items from home that’ll make your
subjects feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photograph.
Dogs and cats are part of the family, too. And having photographs made with them can
be great fun. It’s always a good idea to feed Fido and take him on a quick walk
before your session so he’s relaxed and ready for his close up. But be
open-minded: if he’s not in the mood to roll over or shake hands, a sleeping
pooch often makes for great photographs.
If your pet wears sweaters or t-shirts, by all means, bring this attire to your
session. Funny sayings on pet clothes are always a nice touch. And feel free to
bring along his favorite pillow from the sofa, that chew toy that has seen
better days, even the pair of socks he always manages to sneak out of the
Pet props make the picture. So bring any items from home that’ll make your furry
friend feel more comfortable and add a personal touch. Maybe it’s a squeaky toy
to get attention, a hat box or similar for your cat to sit in, or a picture of
the kids to place nearyour dog’s head. And for the holidays, nothing looking
better on your little elf/hound than Santa’s cap.
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