What is a family portrait session and why should I have one?
Many families are reluctant to have pictures taken because of anxiety and fear that it won’t be fun. However, having your family picture taken is a great way to showcase your family’s true personality, relax, have fun, and create fond memories together.
Portrait sessions are the perfect time to let your silliness come alive and create beautiful moments with your children. Making silly faces and skipping around is the perfect way to start the session and break the ice.
Family Portraits at Malaga Cove Plaza
Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes is a majestic location to have your family pictures taken; it has a European feel. So, when Claudia reached out to participate in the family model call I was having in March, Palos Verdes was one of the first locations we discussed for her family's pictures.
As you can see from the portrait above, the scene is amazing!
Top Los Angeles Locations for Family Pictures
Selecting a family photographer in Los Angeles can be a overwhelming task. Then attempting to find the best location for your family pictures can take you over the edge. Especially since Los Angeles has so many different beautiful locations for pictures. In an attempt to help, I have complied a short list of possible locations for family pictures.
As a Los Angeles photographer, I've had the privilege of photographing many families in amazing locations. However, my favorite locations are Santa Monica Pier, Madrona Marsh, and Disney Hall.
How long of a session do I need?
Not sure how much time you need for your custom portrait session? You’ve come to the right place! We’re here to help you figure out the perfect length for your photo session. Many family photographers offer three slots of times: 30 minutes, one hour, and up to two hours. Portrait sessions that are 30 minutes versus two hours can be a huge difference for various reasons.
How Not to have A Mental Breakdown During Your Session!
Family Pictures; when you hear these two words what emotions come up? For some it may be excitement and yet for others it can be overwhelming and stressful. Having your family portrait taken is a great experience that you'll never forget. Family pictures help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family at each stage. However, many parents, especially Moms have stated this day can get very stressful and overwhelming. I want to ensure this feeling doesn't happen to you.
Did you know, If you’re stressed it will be on display in your portraits. I want your portrait experience to be filled with fun and your portraits to be carefree and full of fun. Here are some tips you can use during your family's portrait experience to help you relax and enjoy the moment:
Preparing Your Husband for the Portrait Session
Fall; that time of year when many families will be wanting to get their annual family picture taken. Will you be one of those family in the Los Angeles area looking for a family photographer to not only be patient with your children, but encourage your reluctant spouse to participate. Many, just maybe get a smile so the picture can be used for your family's Christmas card.
For some of us, preparing our husbands for the family photo session is as exhausting as preparing the kids. If your husband is happy-go-lucky about photo day, that’s excellent (count yourself blessed). If you’re dealing with someone who’s reluctant, however, then here are some things you can do to help:
Posing Tips for Family Pictures
With Covid-19 in full effect, many families or should I say Moms are hesitant to have family pictures taken. Why, you may ask? Many times as Moms, we're not comfortable with our weight and we surely don't want pictures taken of us (I totally understand; I'm right there with you).
We want to just have pictures taken of just our children (in reality it's another way to hide from the camera). What if you could have a family portrait where you can "hide" or eliminate those areas of your body you're not comfortable with showing?
#7 Benefits of Having A Portrait Session During A Pandemic
I just want to SCREAM! I know I'm not alone in this emotion. For many of us, myself included, I'm tired of being surround by these same four walls. I'm ready to venture out into our community to do things other than just grocery shopping. I guess I'm ready to get back to a sense of normalcy; kids going back to school, shopping at the mall, making places for family vacations, and the like. With everything going on, the only normal thing I can do right now that is normal is having a family picture taken.
Every 12-15 months, my family has a picture taken to celebrate the life of our family and to remember the growth and changes that each new year brings. With all the changes to our current environment, I started thinking about some benefits of having a family picture taken during this pandemic.
A New Take on Family Pictures and How to Describe Them
Here in Los Angeles, CA, we’re starting to get back to some sense of normalcy. Imagine this Memorial Day weekend is your first holiday back home with your friends and family after a long time without seeing each other; especially since the COVID quarantine. As dinner wraps up, somebody might take out one of the old family photo albums to reminisce.
The following hour or so will involve storytelling about the family memories the pictures captured. This stroll down memory lane will bring up a feeling of happiness, excitement, and warm nostalgia that may leave a person or two with wet eyes.
Family Quarantine Bingo
The last few weeks have been interesting and I've been looking for ways to entertain my kids and when I find interesting ways I enjoy sharing them with you.
Today, I'm sharing my family Quarantine Bingo card and by quarantine bucket dream list.
Download a copy of the bingo card. This game is great to place with kids during this time of quarantine. At the end of the week, the winner can watch their favorite movie or something else.
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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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