Archive of ‘Family Photography’ category

Episode 73: Prioritizing Play over Posing with Erin Brant

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Isn’t it just the coolest thing ever when you see a peer of yours do amazing things with their business?? We are totally excited to have Erin Brant on the show this week because she is totally doing that and more!! She recently finished her Clickin Moms Breakout (The Happy Now) which was a huge success AND she just announced she’ll be presenting at Click Away 2018!! She joined us this week to chat about FUN! She is a big believer in candid photography… as in, prioritizing play over posing and she’s here to tell us exactly what that means and how she tends to run her shoots!

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Key Takeaways

  1. Establish expectations with your clients. Clients who are in the market for candid photography can be difficult because sometimes they don’t quite know exactly what they want. They might THINK they want all candid shots but then once the shoot starts it’s clear they’d like some posed shots too. Erin makes sure to outline her expectations of the shoot beforehand. She knows a few shots she wants to get, and once those are done she can let the family play around and hang out. It’s always a great idea to grab some posed shots along with your candid photography, because that gives the client some variety and options.candid photography
  2. Develop a rapport with the kids. Candid photography sessions are the perfect opportunity to chat & laugh with the kids in the family! You can point out cool stuff for them to do (look for shells, build a sand castle, play tag, etc) that helps you grab those candid shots you need. The more you connect with the kids, the more relaxed everyone will be and the better chance you have of getting great candid photos. Don’t be afraid to get some more calm, emotional moments as well. Consider asking kids questions about their family like “what do you love about your mom?” to help this along & help the kids connect with their parents. These shoots are especially great for shy kids, who can totally just cuddle up with their mom or dad and not have to worry about standing still and smiling at the camera for an hour. Ideally, you’ll reach the point where the camera isn’t the focus at all.candid photography
  3. “Don’t miss the great while looking for the perfect.” Ooh isn’t that such a good quote from Erin?? I LOVE IT! We can get so caught up with making sure everything is absolutely perfect that we miss the moments. I know I’ve had times where I’m messing with settings or something & miss a great TRUE candid moment between family members. If you connect with your clients in a real way, you’ll see moments you might otherwise miss. Don’t be afraid to let yourself get really personal with the family. Focus on the experience… if the family had a really great time at the shoot, they’ll reflect that feeling when viewing the images. They won’t care as much about a hair out of place or a crooked shirt… they’ll be thinking of the fun they had as a family that day & the moments that were captured.

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If it isn’t clear yet, Erin is an absolute rockstar when it comes to beautiful, candid photography & capturing deep, meaningful images of her clients! Be sure to download & listen to the full episode… it’s a great one! And check out Erin online below!

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Episode 72: Lifestyle Photography with Chrystal Cienfuegos

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There have been a lot of trends in the photography world. Some are around for a short time and disappear (thank you selective color), and some stick around for good. We absolutely love the shift from stiff, posed portraits toward lifestyle photography, both in weddings & in family portraits! Chrystal Cienfuegos is an extremely talented birth & family photographer & she is amazing at capturing documentary style, candid photos. We invited her on PhotoSpark this week to chat with us about what lifestyle photography entails & how she achieves such great images!

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Key Takeaways:

  1. Why lifestyle photography? There are a million reasons why this style of photography is amazing both as a photographer and as a client! First of all, it’s SUPER personal. You’re really getting to know your client on a very intimate basis. You’re likely in their home for at least a few hours & you’re capturing very special family moments. This is a great way to bond with your clients & keep them for life! Also, for clients it’s a LOT easier! They are able to just be in the moment with their family & not stress about everyone’s outfits, hair, shoes, etc like they normally would for family photos. The result is priceless images of their family as they are today, which is such an awesome memory to have!lifestyle photography
  2. How can you market lifestyle photography? Just like any other type of photography, Chrystal suggests portfolio-building. Her first lifestyle shoot was with her best friend, and Chrystal spent the night at their house & started shooting first thing in the morning! She was able to get a ton of authentic, photojournalistic images from that shoot which she used to market to potential clients. She blogged about her portfolio shoots, talked about how much fun they were, and showed off the images. After that, the clients started rolling in!lifestyle photography
  3. What about the Christmas cards?? Something that’s a concern when thinking of moving toward a more photojournalistic approach are Christmas cards! While some families are okay with this style of photos on their cards, others want posed, staring at the camera photos. Chrystal markets specially priced mini sessions at the end of the year for her lifestyle clients, which makes it easy to get both needs met. We also discussed doing lifestyle photography of the family preparing for their photoshoot, and then doing an actual, more traditional shoot afterward. There are tons of ways to incorporate both lifestyle photography and traditional photography into your business!

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Chrystal is seriously such a rad guest, you guys have to listen to the rest of the episode for more tips & conversations about day in the life sessions & lifestyle photography! Thanks for listening!

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Episode 67: Photographing Children with Chris Dowd

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Julie is out of town this week (at Melissa McClure’s wedding… lucky ducky!!) so Ashley & Kate decided to take the chance to talk about photographing children! We invited Chris Dowd of All Colors Photography to join in on our conversation. Tune in as we tackle subjects like working with tough kids, tricks to get kids to smile, and more! Below, we’ve outlined a few of our favorite tips for family and child photographers!

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Key Takeaways:

  1. Establish expectations beforehand. We all know we work better when we are comfortable and relaxed during a shoot. Same goes for our subjects! By establishing expectations prior to the shoot, you’re making sure everyone remains calm. If you’re photographing 2 year olds, you should probably inform the parents that you’ll try for posed photos, but a lot of the photos will be candid shots of the kids having fun. That way, when the kids don’t want to sit still & look at the camera, mom & dad already know that’s totally normal & you plan on getting great shots anyway! Once you tense up, the family will tense up, and you have a lesser chance of getting relaxed, fun images!
  2. Have some tricks up your sleeve. When photographing children, it helps to get on their level! Not just physically, but emotionally as well! Not being afraid to be silly and goofy is a huge help! Figure out what makes each kid smile at your shoot and don’t be afraid to do it over and over and over again. The three of us are fans of fart noises, funny jokes, high fives, and silly sounds!
  3. Limit parental involvement & discipline. This seems like a no-brainer but oftentimes parents get very nervous & upset when their kids aren’t “performing” well for the camera. They’ve spent a lot of money on this shoot & it makes sense that they want it to be perfect, so when their kids aren’t behaving they way they want them to, they can get upset. When photographing children, be sure to tell parents ahead of time NOT to discipline their children during their shoot. Especially physically. Spanking & yelling at their kids will not get them good photos. It’s better for them to just stay relaxed & let you take the reigns. Sometimes, if kids are really not giving you any good shots, ask the parents to step away for a bit. This takes the pressure off the kids & gives you a chance to get those shots you need!

We had SO much fun with Chris in the studio this week! Julie will be back next week so stay tuned for some more awesomely fun PhotoSpark episodes!

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