This is one of my very favorite family photos. My good friend and fellow photographer Halsey took us to Sauvie Island last summer and we finally did our own family photo session! For years, especially before my son was born, I did elaborate setups with a tripod in front of our Christmas tree and then popped those onto our Christmas card. But you know what's not easy with a wriggly little one? GETTING THEM TO LOOK AT A TRIPOD!! And you know what else? Winter is not my favorite season. I know I live in Oregon where it rains 99% of the time, but I am totally and completely a summer person. So last year, when Halsey got us outside in July at a farm, she caught me at my happiest. We weren't worried about rain, there was a beautiful and warm sunset happening, and we traipsed through a dry field with zero mud. Yep. Happy place.
A lot of times I get clients contacting me wanting to schedule their yearly family photo in November because "it's that time of year" or they need a photo for their Christmas card and November is when they get around to it. If you're a winter lover, I say go for it! You're going to be comfortable with cloudy weather and a little rain or mud in your photos, or snuggling up in cozy sweaters in your home for the photos. But if your favorite photos all feature warm, sunlit outdoor scenes with blossoms on the trees and summery dresses, I totally encourage you to think about doing your family photos during summer time! And bonus--if you have kids, often it's way easier to schedule time for family photos during the summer, when school commitments wind way down and winter illnesses are at bay.
Some of my favorite summertime photos:
So are you a summer person or a winter person? What type of photo would make you happiest to see on your walls? What kind of scene or setting do you envision your family photos in? If you're leaning towards summer photos, now is the time to contact me to set up your session! Summer weekends fill up quickly, so plan to get in touch with me 4-6 weeks before you would like to do your session so we can get you on the calendar!
And a (big) mini announcement: I'm opening up a new offering for sessions starting in May: The ANYTIME Mini! My clients are always asking for inexpensive mini sessions to celebrate their children's milestone birthdays, capture a quick maternity session, or try out a mommy and me session! These types of events happen throughout the year, not just during special mini events, so now YOU get to choose when you'd like to do a mini session! Check out pricing and details on The Anytime Mini here.
After featuring Halsey's family session at Jenkins Estate on the blog earlier this week, I decided it was time for another installment of my location series! One of my favorite places to shoot at is Jenkins Estate in Aloha, just off Farmington and 209th. The reason I love it is for the variety it offers--there's a forested area, a botanical garden, a field, and a historic farmhouse built in 1912. It's so easy to find new corners of this park to shoot in to keep it looking new each time! And, I'm not sure what it is, but it gets MAGICAL light at almost any time of day (last year's afternoon mini sessions can attest to this!).
The Jenkins Estate is probably my favorite place to shoot in the fall--it gets fabulous fall colors on its tree-lined path. I could shoot those trees all day in every season and probably never get tired of them!
The Jenkins Estate is owned by Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, and if you're a mom, you're probably familiar with their excellent playground at the south entrance of the park. It has rubberized ground underneath the play equipment instead of bark chips, which is a GODSEND for parents of kids who are in that wonderful everything-goes-in-the-mouth phase. But, behind their stables, the Jenkins Estate is also a beautiful wedding venue! Elephants Catering manages all of their wedding bookings, and I've seen some truly beautiful weddings happen there--we're so lucky to have this historic farm right here in Aloha!
Facebook does some crazy things to your pictures. It might look super amazing on your computer, but then you upload it and BAM! The colors look muddy and you see graininess or blurriness that wasn't there before. Oh no!
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to make your photos look their very best on social media. Here are the steps that I use:
That seems like a LOT of steps! I totally don't do this for every little iphone picture on my personal page, but when I want an image to look its very best, this is what I do! And if you're a client in 2015, you'll get a web-sized file of any images you purchase with all of these steps ALREADY DONE! Woohoo! You can just pop those images on to Facebook without having to do any of this :)