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:
Changes Photographer Clients Will Love
The quarantine has forced business owners and professional photographers more specifically to evaluate our systems and look for ways to improve the overall experience of our portrait clients, like you. From the very start of the quarantine, I began looking at everything associated with the process from the Contact page to installing a Live Chat so you could ask a quick question without having to wait for an answer. In this article I want to give you insight into the different things that have been implemented to help with your overall client experience.
Let's Start at The Beginning
I have partnered with my website developer to do what's necessary to speed up the load time. This will give you quicker access to the website. Determine if you like the work of the potential client and if you would like to work with them. If you're visiting this website, I hope I get to photograph you! In addition to being able to ask your potential family photographer pricing questions, photography location suggestions, and more.
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.
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.
Gray Velvet Album
It's time to do away with the traditional boring album. Are you always looking for ideas for family pictures and how to store and showcase them? Well this album is a great way to store your family pictures for Christmas or any family portraits.
As a family photographer, I am thrilled to share this new album with you and the families that trust me to photograph their pictures. This Velvet album is luxurious and gorgeous. It is one of the most recent album additions to Tamieka Smith Photography product line. I can't sing the praises of this album enough. Once you see and touch it you'll understand why.
Touching this album, you'll become memorized by the softness and smoothness.
Beach Portraits at Laguna's Table Top Beach
The South Bay in California has several exquisite beaches and Table Rock in Laguna Beach is one that will not disappoint. This beach is the perfect location for a family portrait session or a wonderful place to watch the sunset. As a family photographer, I was pleased with the different aspects of this location.
Luxurious Story Box
Every time a client orders a Story Box I get really excited for them; because I know they are going to fall head over heals when they receive this luxurious box full of family portraits. The story boxes are beautifully designed wooden box with a luxurious soft touch material on the interior with chrome hinges. The quality of the build is phenomenal. When I received this Story Box I was excited and can't wait for Major Day and his wife to receive this beautiful box.
Fun Summer Activities for Kids
It's a new month and if you're like me, you're on the prowl for things to do with your children during the summer months. I've been looking for several different activities as my boys don't enjoy the same activities. This list will definitely help to avoid hearing the dreaded "I'm bored" statement from your children this year.
Here's list of summer activity possibilities for families in both Northern Virginia and Los Angeles.
Beach Family Portraits at Leesylvania State Park
Family photographers like to plan everything in advance (day/time/location/etc.) when it comes to family pictures to ensure we have an idea of what our clients want. However, I like to leave a little wiggle room in my schedule just in case there is a last minute emergency or a need for a last minute change for family's portrait session.
A few Saturday evenings ago, I was contacted about my availability for a last minute beach session. Unfortunately, the family had to make last minute photographer arrangement and contacted me to have their family pictures taken. They selected Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge as their location for portraits. As you can see from the portraits the location is amazing for cool and unique portraits.
Especially in the Washington D.C. area, there is limited beach access, so this location is perfect for the fun summer family beach pictures. From the pictures below, you can see how amazing the location is and the beauty of this amazing family.
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.