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Making the most of your Family Portraits

29 January 2018

Let's face it, Family Portraits aren't something you do every day. So, you want to be sure you get them right, yes?

Here are some of our tips for making the most of your Portrait Session…. along with some answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

How often should we update our family portraits?

This one is completely up to you. Portraits are an investment and certainly come at some level of financial outlay. While your family is growing you might want to consider having an update every 2-3 years, or as new babies appear in your little family. Kids love seeing their life story and, long after they have grown, you will look back in wonder at all those magical moments, now just a fading memory (aside from those artful prints you have to cherish them).

We have some families who come yearly for updates but this is really up to you. The main thing is to be sure you capture each milestone as it happens. Some of these milestones for your kids can be (from newborn age): sitting, crawling, walking, toddler, prep, school, middle school, senior year.

What is the AIPP?

"An Accredited Professional Photographer is a photographer, who doesn't just claim to be a "professional" but earns that title by successfully completing the rigorous AIPP accreditation process.

Accreditation is designed to give you, the consumer, confidence that your Professional Photographer is a proven, experienced, technically capable, professional practitioner, who complies with all legal business requirements, has appropriate insurance and who is willing to agree to the mandatory Code of Professional Practice and to the requirement to continually improve their photographic skills by committing to continue their professional development.

To become accredited, a Professional Photographer has to:

  1. Demonstrate that they have been practising for a minimum of 2 years.
  2. Demonstrate that they have satisfied clients and suppliers by providing written references.
  3. Demonstrate that they comply with all legal, ethical and moral business requirements to practice as a professional in Australia.
  4. Demonstrate that their photographic skills are of our required "Professional Standard".
  5. Agree to have a portfolio of their work, assessed by a panel of experienced AIPP image assessors.
  6. Achieve the required portfolio assessment standard.
  7. Agree to continue their professional development through the AIPP CPD program, maintaining up to date skills and business practices each year.

The AIPP continually monitors its ACCC certified accreditation requirements to ensure that the standard for accredited membership is appropriate for the profession of photography in 2017 and beyond.

Full details of the current accreditation requirements are available HERE." - except from the AIPP website


Location or Studio?

I often have clients ask whether they are best with a location or studio session? Again, this one is very personal and comes down to a few things. How do you want your images to look? Do you find yourself drawn to studio or portrait as a preference? What sort of art work would you like for your walls? Are you crazy about a certain location, where your family spends many hours? Do you prefer that clean, traditional portrait look? If clean and crisp is your thing, you might want to consider studio. If adventurous and colourful is more your flavour, then location might be a good option. Whatever you decide, we can certainly help you make the very most of it!

How do we make our images a little different from other families?

This is a fun one! There are so many ways to answer this question. I could honestly spend a whole phone consultation chatting about this one. Does your family have any interests? Music? Books? Sports? Adventures? The list goes on and on. Basically, if your family is mad about something in particular, be willing to incorporate this into your photo shoot. The 'right' prop can help tell the real story about you and your loved ones.

Take these images below of Corinne and her gorgeous family. They LOVE to read! So, we decided to have a little fun with books and a newspaper (Dad's favourite read) during their session last Spring. This set of images sums them up, as a family and individuals, in so many ways…. and they had FUN with their shoot! That's what it should all be about.


Aren't these twins adorable!!!

What should we wear?

This is our NUMBER 1 question. If I had a dollar for every time I was asked this …. I would have quite an amount of pocket money by now. But it's a PERFECT QUESTION!!!

The right outfit can make or break a session. When I do phone consults with clients, during the planning stage of their sessions, this is something we talk about lots! I actually keep a series of Pinterest boards to help clients with this one. Visual aids are so effective, and Pinterest is the perfect platform for this. To see what I advice clients take a peak at these boards: What to Wear, Neutral Outfit Ideas, Couples in Studio and Awesome outfits for sessions. There is something for everyone here! Whether you are after a conservative or fun look, you are bound to find inspiration on Pinterest. Of course, I'm always open to a cuppa and a chat to go over these fine details. Imagine if Corinne's family had worn green or yellow in their location? They would be lost in that delicious backdrop. The blues in their outfits allow their session to really POP, and draw your attention to the subjects rather than their environment. Though location is important (studio or destination) you always want the focus to be on you and your family.

Still have burning questions?

We do offer individual consultations over the phone, or in person for EVERY full session. Be sure to get in touch today so we can arrange a catch up over a cuppa or the phone, and start planning your PERFECT session today! Those years roll by really quickly. Let's have some fun capturing memories together!!!


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