Door Step Family Portrait

Door Step Family Portrait

I have always loved a front door portrait for families but this year I love them a little more as our homes have taken on a new appreciation. The front door is often a backdrop for the first photo you take when you bring your baby home from the hospital, it stands behind kids for countless first day of school snapshots and high school dances. It has welcomed family, guests and friends inside for many occasions and celebrations. This year I am even more enthusiastic about front door portraits. Our homes have transformed into schools, offices, hair salons, movie theaters and for families of high school seniors everywhere, this week we add graduation ceremony venues. 

Parents of high school seniors everywhere have bought stores out of 2020 balloons, congratulation banners and balloons in school colors. Families gathered in front of their televisions or computers to watch the graduation ceremony together as a family. Families cheered from their house for the students they have known for years, even though they couldn’t hear them. Photos of graduates being handed their diploma were replaced with screen shots of their names flashing across the screen below their senior yearbook photo.

This home is sending off it’s last Maine West graduate. The last high school graduation photos were taken last week and I was happy to be apart of it. It was a way to add a little more enthusiasm to this 2020 High School Senior celebration. 

She said she always takes a photo with her pup, Tonks, before school dances and celebrations. So naturally we had to get one portrait in front of the house together with her. She looks pretty excited to be apart of the front door session! A bonus to front door sessions, whether we are restricted to them or not, is that it is easy to photograph and bring your dog to a session at your own front door. 

For our last part of the session I set up an outdoor studio to get a studio portrait of the graduate. Right now, getting into a studio is impossible with all the restrictions. Thankfully my lights and backdrops can travel easily and I can put together a studio right on the sidewalk. And here is the final portrait:

Congrats to all the High School Seniors of 2020! I hope everyone has found a unique way to customize their graduates’ ceremony and end of the year celebrations. If you are still looking for a portrait session to help with that, click HERE for the 2020 Social Distancing Portrait Magazine. 

6 reasons to make your High Schoolers Senior Portrait Session a Family Day.

6 reasons to make your High Schoolers Senior Portrait Session a Family Day.

I once heard someone with older kids comment that after the kids get into kindergarten the pedal hits the metal and boom, senior year is here.  For me it was more like 2nd grade, after 2nd grade hyper-speed set in.  If you took the same ride, chances are that your last family photo is a little outdated. You could fall into the category of never getting a professional portrait OR your last portrait doesn’t include the last born child, because you were busy juggling kids and schools and activities. Not to mention no one was ever free at the same time ……. you are not alone and you wouldn’t be the first family I have helped solve this problem.

1. This could be one of your last guaranteed opportunities to get a professional portrait with your kiddo(s).

Life gets busy and before you know it its time for college graduation or their wedding! We thought High school went by fast? I’ve heard it gets faster and the years get shorter.

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2. This is your first or only graduate.

Your senior will no longer have the same school schedule. Their breaks and vacations may not line up with your schedule or your younger children. If you have younger children, take advantage and get some images together with them too as well as the siblings together, because before you know it, those kids will be seniors too!

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3. This is not your first graduate

If you can lure everyone home, this is a great way to get your grown children back out for a portrait. If not everyone in the family will be home, this is a great opportunity to snag some special images of just you and your senior. If they are not the oldest, they may not have many special alone moments and memories of you, let alone professional portraits with just Mom (or Dad, grandparents, the family pet.)

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4. You have never had professional portraiture or professional printed artwork.

If your last family photo is from when they were in elementary school, its time to update it with their current size, smiles and style. Don’t ditch the old one, just make the new one the focal point in your home and relocate the old one to a new location in your home or add it to the gallery wall and keep telling your story.

Your kids, grand kids and great grand kids will appreciate this more then you can understand today. Think about your own grandparents and great grandparents.

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What images do you have of them that you love to look at? Its fun to imagine your grandparents at that age? Maybe one of them will realize how much they look like you at this exact age.

 

5. The family portrait hanging is missing your last child

Like I mentioned earlier, you are not alone. We all know we have grand plans when we have our first child. If you stopped at one you may of maintained those plans but if you had more kids, chances are you understand that those baby books are less and less filled out with each child you added. This probably also extends over to photo albums and displayed portraits. I am a photographer with only two kids and I know this struggle.

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6. You should celebrate too.

We all know that you were a huge part of their success. All those early morning rides, late night study sessions, cheering from the stands, sitting in the audience for every play or band performance, running them something they forgot (even when you said you never would).

That empty wall you have been meaning to design, the gallery wall you want to finish or the current frame you want to update the family image in. You worked hard, it’s time to show off all your accomplishments 🙂

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(virtual software helps decide design, style and size appropriate for your room. Actual images of client homes are used during design appointments.)

 

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If you are worried adding the family won’t keep it special for your senior, that is never the case. The first portion is devoted to your senior only. Special locations to fit your graduates personality and multiple outfits to fit their style still happen. The rest of the family can meet up with us later, fresh and ready to go.

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If you have a 2019 High School Senior, click here to get on the wait list and to receive reminders of Senior Portrait sign up

Fall Family 2018 Portrait sign up waiting list and reminder is here.

 

 

 

Mount Prospect Family Photographer – Fall Session

Mount Prospect Family Photographer – Fall Session

Mount Prospect Family Photographer – Fall Session

This family was looking for a photographer, not just take family photos, but to create a long lasting family art piece to put up in their home. If it was up to this photographer (that’s me! 🙂 everyone would have a huge, gorgeous family photo up in their home. We don’t all have the perfect space for it, in fact I don’t really have space for it. There are a lot of other ways to create a long lasting family art piece.

If you are in the Mount Prospect area and surrounding towns, give me a call and we can find the perfect piece for you!

This family rocked their session from the outfits to the perfect poses, genuine smiles and most importantly, they had a fun! When the kids look at these images all over their home, they will remember the great time they had. They will remember throwing leaves, running, being silly for their little sister and playing in the forest preserve.  Its more then taking a family picture, its a family experience.

Scroll down to see some of the fun had in our fall family session.

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Mom has been looking at this empty stairway since she moved in. She knew she wanted a huge canvas to hang above it. We took the photo of the empty stairway when their youngest was just a baby but we didn’t get the session done for over a year. We decided to wait until their youngest was older and bigger, making sure she wouldn’t disappear or be super tiny in the image. We planned and waited for the perfect time taking into account the colors of their home and her love of fall. Turned out perfect and that’s it good because this will be around forever and ever.

Step one: photograph wall.

Step two: use special software to get correct sizing and spacing

Step three: Hang and Enjoy!

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Mount Prospect, IL Newborn Photographers – Baby Charlie

Mount Prospect, IL Newborn Photographers – Baby Charlie

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Newborn sessions with older siblings are tearing at my heart strings lately. Probably because my own two are getting older.. a lot older.

I have had so many great big brothers and sisters in the studio lately. This big sister was so excited to be part of the session and help out which was a huge relief because the main focus of the session was the siblings images.

If you live in or around the Mount Prospect and you are looking for newborn photographers… Give me a call and we can chat about your own newborn session!

Now booking through Fall 2018.

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If that picture below doesn’t say PROUD BIG SISTER then I don’t know what does! We were able to get some images of Mom and both of her kiddos, which I am hoping will be a great keepsake and addition to part of this families growing story.

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Ok. Ok. Big sisters have their moments too 🙂 One of my favorite images above ^^^

Baby Charlie woke up and even gave us some giggles and laughs. He didn’t make it into the studio until after he was a month old. I think Baby Charlie just proved that even if you miss the perfect newborn time frame of 7-10 days, you can still get some amazing family images. Don’t skip a session! Just jump in and document your family at any moment you can.

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The most important part… What did this family do with their newborn portraits? Click here for the post on their heirlooms and keepsakes

Mount Prospect Newborn Photographers – Artwork & Keepsakes

Mount Prospect Newborn Photographers – Artwork & Keepsakes

Mount Prospect Newborn Photographers

The best part of the custom portrait process is meeting with your photographers and viewing your newborn photos. It can be overwhelming and fun (yes, at the same time) deciding how you will preserve and view them. When we are unable to have the actual wall we can use some mock home images, seen below. We went through so many ideas and here is the final design choice in our new Heritage Wood Print.

Live in Mount Prospect and looking for newborn photographers? Give me a call to discuss your new arrival!

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I need to correct myself. The best part is the delivery of your art products. The final result of your hard work. Getting outfits together, getting everyone ready AND getting yourself ready, making sure everyone naps and is fed. Getting everyone there and then imagining and deciding on how you will enjoy and love them. All the work comes down to the delivery day. It is kind of like Christmas Morning or your birthday. On this delivery day, Big Sister was very excited and was suggesting that the small wood print be hung just at her eye level so she could look at it all the time.

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Do not just tell your children, show them. Show them they are important, show them family is important. Print and display. Even if it is just one professional product.

Booking now through September 2018.