4 Quick Tips To Help You Plan For A Great Family Portrait - Christopher Yates Fine Portraits

4 Quick Tips To Help You Plan For A Great Family Portrait

Tips for great family portraits

Christopher has been photographing families for over 31 years. His professional and creative style along with his easy-going personality helps create a portrait for you to cherish for generations.

Before the portrait session, he happily works with you sharing ideas and professional tips to help with every stage of the portrait planning.

During the portrait session, you will soon discover his ability to put everyone at ease, relieve people’s stress, ease tension and bring out the best in everyone.

Here are 4 tips to help get you started on planning your family portrait.

1- Decide on the style of family portrait that you would like to have created.
Some questions to help get you started are listed below. Your answers will lay the foundation for the creation of your portrait.

  • Do you prefer a Color or a Black & White Portrait?
  • Would you like your portrait to be created on location (your home, a park, etc) or in the studio? To help give you some ideas, take a look at our family portrait galleries:
    B&W Gallery
    Color Gallery

If you are still unsure of the style that you would like, give us a call and Christopher will be happy to share some ideas and walk you through the process.

2- Select an approximate date and time to have your portrait created. Portraits created outdoors are best 1 hour after sunrise or 1-2 hours before sunset. The time of day is more flexible for studio portraits since we are not dependent on lighting and weather conditions.

Next, give our studio a call to schedule your portrait session and your complimentary portrait design session.

3–  Select the clothing for everyone to wear. We go over this in great detail in the portrait design session. Here are some ideas to get you started with the process.

  • If you have chosen our Black & White Relationships photography, we suggest you wear long sleeved, dark shirts.
  • If needed, we have several sizes of shirts available which you are welcome to use.
    Wear dark pants or jeans.
  • Color portraits are best with solid colors, no patterns. Select either all dark, all medium or all light tones. Everyone does not need to wear the same color, but should be in a coordinating color.  We will discuss this in greater detail during your portrait design session.
  •  Dark colors will make you look thinner, light colors will make you look heavier.
  • Some portrait styles show the entire body, so make sure your shoes are clean and polished.
  • Nails should be polished for women and cut for men.
  • Make sure that you are happy with your hair style and bring along hair spray for touch ups. If you are getting a haircut, plan on doing so at least a week before your portrait.

4- On the day of your session, make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before.

  • Plan on arriving about 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • If you have young children, bring along their favorite toy and a clear drink and snack.

    Please feel free to give us a call with any questions ~ 407.628.9800

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Christopher Yates is a Winter Park, FL based photographer that provides family photography in Winter Park, Orlando and surrounding cities throughout the Central Florida area. A complimentary portrait design session is available to help you plan all of the details. Session choices include portraits in Christopher’s Winter Park Photography studio as well as your home or on location at a park or your favorite location.

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