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.
NEWS: Latest After COVID Smackdown
With the states of California and Virginia reopening soon, I want to check in and make sure you and your loved ones are doing ok!
I also want to let you know Tamieka Smith Photography will be opening for business May 15, 2020, offering family, military event and headshot photography that comply with state and local guidelines of maintaining adequate physical distance among 10 or less people.
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.
Capturing Everlasting Moments in Timeless Photographs
Family pictures tell stories; the story of our family. Yes, words do the same, but pictures capture important moments along with the emotions being – for the lack of better words – emoted. In the age of smartphones, everybody takes pictures of the smallest moments. This includes food. Let’s think about it, you care what food you ate at 15 years ago? I know I won’t. However, the way your child smiles will be something you will always want to remember. Especially when they have teeth missing.
Celebrating Independence Day in Los Angeles, Northern Virginia & DC!
Living in the DMV we’re blessed to live so close to Washington DC and be able to experience the the National Fourth of July celebration. It includes a parade, a concert, and fireworks is something you need to experience. But if you want to be “closer to home,” we also have many fun options for Fourth of July celebrations in the Northern Virginia area. From huge daylong festivals with parades and fireworks to smaller, quieter celebrations, there really is something for everyone! My list includes several events in Northern Virginia and the “can’t-miss” celebrations in DC in addition to the best places to see 4th of July fireworks in Los Angeles. As always, check directly with the official websites for other details such a rain dates and other policies.
For my friends in the Los Angeles area, I have included a list of the best places to see the fireworks.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles 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.