6 Tips For A Smooth Mini Portrait Session
The fall is when many families look for their favorite family photographer to photograph beautiful family portraits. Especially if you’re on the east coast and in the Washington DC / Northern Virginia area. The fall foliage is amazing and makes for a perfect scene for fall family pictures. Usually during the month of September and beyond many professional photographers are booked solid or close to it.
This is a popular time of year for many families are these photos will be used for Christmas cards, shared on social media (Facebook and Instagram), in addition to many families wanting wall portraits of their family picture.
Once the photographer has been secured, many families thoughts turn to what are we going to wear, how are we going to keep the kids in check, where are we going to have our picture taken, and more.
In this article, I will give six tips to help your family in the Northern Virginia area have a smoother mini session. Hopefully these six tips will help you and your family have a smooth portrait session, create wonderful memories, and beautiful family pictures.
Creating Evergreen Blog Articles for Family Photographers
Blogging is a great way to educate, inform, and showcase your clients from a portrait session. As professional photographers, we hear we should blog about our sessions with clients. However, there is so much more that may be blogged and spoken about.
In this article, I’m going to give several blog topics ideas on what family photographers can discuss in upcoming articles.
They are back in school...
It’s the end of August; and what does that mean? If you’re a parent with school age children, this is the time we as parents are excited and overcome with joy, because the kids are heading back to school. Especially after the last 17-18 months of homeschooling (virtual) due to Covid protocols. I'm sure you've taken out the camera to document your child's back to school picture. Ha..ha...I did too. It's a tradition!
If you're in the Los Angeles area, many of our kids went back to school last week. This has afforded me the opportunity to be at home and get work done instead of being the peacekeeper, referee, lunch superintendent, teacher, etc. How about you?
It’s hard to believe I have a high school senior and a new teenager! I look at my kids and wonder where has the time gone.
Beautiful Story Box
This beautiful Story Box will be a centerpiece in any room of your home you place it in. Tamieka Smith Photography offers two different types of Story Boxes. This Story Box has a built-in window frame to showcase your beautiful family portraits or military portraits inside.
This Story Box features a newly promoted Ft. Belvoir Army Colonel. It's no secret I'm a huge advocate for printing family pictures. With the heavy use of cell phones and cell phone pictures, many of us have let the printed portrait go by the wayside.
This Story Box is an easy way to showcase your portraits.
Turn Your Portrait Packaging Into A Luxury Experience
Luxury packaging isn't only for the high-end retail stores in Beverly Hills, it's possible to create a luxurious experience in your portrait studio. It doesn't matter if you are making a purchase online or in person, your product will be delivered in some type of packaging. This is also true for professional photographers. Where your portrait studio hand delivers to clients or send the portraits through the mail, the first thing you'll want to consider is how to protect your wedding pictures, family pictures, maternity or newborn pictures.
You'll want to ensure your portrait packaging is sturdy and will properly protect the beautiful artwork you've created.
Impress your portrait clients with a creative and over the top unboxing experience.
National Museum of the United States Army
Did you know there is a new venue in the Northern Virginia? The National Museum of the United States Army in Fort Belvoir is now open and available for service members to have their military promotion or retirement ceremony. This is great because The National Archives books out extremely fast and service members are consistently looking for alternative locations.
With this venue coming online, it is a great first choice for many military members, especially Army service members.
A few weeks ago, I made this post on Facebook regarding how technology changes, and you don't want to have your family's portraits get lost on obsolete technology.
If you remember, not to long ago, CDs were the rave. You could find them everywhere; on your computer, DVD, car, etc. Families used CD to store their family pictures, to listen to music and more.
Then we moved to USBs. Have you purchased a new computer recently? USB drives are typically not included in a standard computer purchase.
Loyola Marymount University Graduate Portraits
Congratulations to this 2020 Loyola Marymount University (LMU) graduate. Her Aunt reached out to me to photograph her niece’s graduation portraits. Due to COVID, we had to push the dates for the portraits until this year. We met on the LMU campus near Playa Vista, California.
Don't Forget to Go Big!
What's the biggest size family portrait you have in your home? Can you image having a portrait that's so big it's almost as tall as you? Those type of family pictures are called an impact portrait.
For some reason, we have become condition to having 8x10 family pictures and thinking the best size to have and display in our home. However, that's not always true. You'll want to have portraits on the wall that are perfectly sized for the space it's going in. Can you guess the size of this portrait?
Yes, it's an impact portrait that will be the centerpiece of any room.
Air Force Military Promotion Ceremony in Fairfax, VA
Have you been selected for military promotion and will be having a military pinning ceremony in the Washington D.C. or Northern Virginia area? I would be honored to photograph your event.
Earlier this year, Lt. Col Kiel, contacted me to determine my availability for her upcoming promotion ceremony. Thankfully, I was available, and we determined her wishes for the event.
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Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a family photographer in Torrance, CA and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.
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