Finding the perfect location for your family portrait session might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location and be sure to discuss it with your photographer:
What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas, too.
Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.
Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.
How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.
Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location.
Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. And remember, your photographer is a perfect resource! Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.
We take great pride in the locations we select for each and every photography shoot. Rest assured we will help you decide on the best location(s) for your upcoming session. Clients often choose us because we “hold” their hands through the entire process, making your family portraits an easy and stress-free experience. Ready to book? Call the studio at 912-200-5284, or email me at email@example.com I can’t wait to see you!
Woohoo! I am incredibly excited for this Back 2 School Portrait Event! MMP has been photographing preschoolers for the last 6 years and have often received requests to photograph big brother and sister as well. Well, the wait is over!
Where? MMP’s studio located at 128 Frances Meeks Way, Suite 3, in RH. Right off Ford Avenue, across the street from the Catholic Church.
What’s included? Your $30 session fee is applied to the collection of your choice and includes a 10 minute session, fun backdrop picks, engaging props, and an online gallery of 3-5 images to make your selections from.
What is this year’s theme? You will have your choice of: a rustic chalkboard backdrop with antique desk and books, or a more sleek red brick background.
Are siblings allowed? You will need to purchase a separate time slot for each of your students, although we will accommodate for one sibling image, if time allows.
What ages are encouraged? With the choice in backdrop and props, our Back 2 School Portrait Event will easily welcome Pre-K through 8th grade. This event is not recommended for high school aged students.
What is the cost? The $30 session fee may be applied to the package of your choice.
I love this! Where do I sign up? Click here to reserve your booking.
I look forward to seeing you and your students in the studio soon!
Kristen is an amazing force of nature. A former Soldier, she is high-powered, high-energy, and passionate about her family and beliefs. Her husband, David, is warm and kind-hearted, and their beautiful children were some of the sweetest I’ve ever met. What started out as a simple family session with your favorite Richmond Hill family photographer has turned into multiple sessions over the past year and happily, a new friendship. I’m a big fan of this Motley crew. 😉
(See what I did there? A little play on words … am I dating myself? And in case you’re wondering, yes! I was a fan in the late 80s and early 90s! Who wants to be in the Same Ol’ Situation? I know I need to Kickstart My Heart. 🙂 )
Their dog, Henry, joined us for a glorious evening of photography. Aren’t they a handsome bunch?
Adore David and Kristen’s relationship. Their love is easy, welcoming, and non-assuming.
A quick glance at Kristen would make it seem unlikely that she’s had four children (because man! she looks good!) but alas, here they are. Unique in their personalities, beautiful in their own rights.
The Motley Crew olders.
And the youngers. 😉
Here at MMP we will definitely capture the “traditional” family poses, but we thrive on the more intimate, real moments truly showcasing your family’s dynamic, love, and laughter. Check out pup Henry in the first image … such a dear heart!
Nothing beats a setting sun.
This is one of my all-time favorite family images to date, and the Motley’s thought so, too. It’s one of two images they had enlarged (big!) and framed to grace their new home.
And gah! What is is about adding a dog to your family portraits? It just makes my heart soar, to see pets treated like family (like they should be!)
Kristen and XXX, thank you for trusting me to capture your family portraits, and for being such kind and loyal clients and friends. I am thankful our paths crossed and can’t wait to document your loving family over the years.
As your Richmond Hill Newborn Photographer, I am afforded the opportunity to meet some truly wonderful people. The Shoaff family, and their new love, Baby A., was no exception.
When I first met Lauren I was struck by how sleek and gorgeous she is, with a beautiful smile and a tender heart. With her gentle personality it’s probably no great surprise that she spends her days instructing elementary school students, all while raising small children. Lauren came to me pregnant with her third, and I had the most wonderful time photographing not only her pregnancy, but the lovely Baby A.’s newborn session as well.
Lauren’s wardrobe choices in shades of dusty pink, cream and blue were perfect for a baby girl’s session … subtle with just a hint of color.
Mr. H. and Miss M. were the cutest siblings ever. Honestly, they were incredibly sweet and gentle with their baby sister. And check out Miss M.’s curled toes … swoon!
And again, how I adore the traditional clothing choice.
Love this little surprised “peekaboo” shot.
While I generally edit extremely clean, it is fun to change things up a bit and try more of an artistic edit once in a while. Lauren’s gown, a bridesmaid’s dress from a wedding she was a part of, was the perfect backdrop for this timeless mother and daughter image.
How I love little baby parts. It’s the smallest details that we tend to forget.
Baby A. had the squishiest cheeks and the most pouty lips! And that bonnet? A favorite among my clients. It’s sweet, classic, and utterly feminine. When you book a newborn session with MMP there is no need to worry about bringing props of any sort. With our extensive prop closet, I promise we’ve got you covered.
One of my favorite images from her session. Isn’t she simply perfect?
Adam and Lauren, thank you for trusting me to capture Baby A., your beloved new addition. It was a pleasure working with your family and getting to know you. Wishing you all the best with your move and getting settled in a new location!
It’s hard to believe that August is upon us and school starts in 5 days! Summer is always a welcome sight come May – when the days are long, the rushed, busy schedule gets pushed out the window, and having ice cream for dinner is just the norm.
Our summer started off rough, unfortunately, with our youngest being sick for most of June and spending four days in the hospital. July saw us flying home for 2.5 weeks of swimming, fishing, tons of food, and relaxing. We here at MMP hope your summer was full of memorable experiences, too!
But as the dog days of summer wind down, the cooler air of fall and the desire to return to some sort of routine becomes beautiful, too. Always just in time.
Our 4th Annual Mommy & Me event was another huge success and we raised $200 for the Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill. Thank you to all of you that came out to support this amazing local organization and receive some wonderful photography in the process!
Here are a few blog posts since our last newsletter that you might have missed:
Back 2 School Portrait Event – Saturday, September 9
Friends of the Library Sale – Saturday, September 9
Halloween Sessions – Saturday, October 7
Santa Experience – November 17, 18 & 19
Would you love to have better pictures in your Instagram feed? It’s easy to improve your photos for Instagram and you can start by following these 5 simple steps.
Lighting is the key. Make sure your subject is near a window if inside, but not in direct light. If you are outside, shoot in the shade to avoid harsh shadows. Avoid shooting at night when possible, the low light availability causes blurriness in your images.
Don’t use the Instagram camera. Instead, take your pictures with your camera’s phone or even using the Camera+ app. Both will create better images that have more clarity. Then select them from your photo album once you are in Instagram.
Use better editing apps. Instagram’s filters have been outdone by better apps including VSCO, Camera +, Photoshop Express, and many more. If you want to up your photography game, then you need better filters and editing options.
Get creative. Use different angles, compositions, and even vary the distance from your subject. Don’t be afraid to take many pictures and just choose one. Playing around will stretch your creativity and help you develop more originality.
Add blur. Using the blur function within Instagram is a great mimic to the “shallow depth of field” that can only be created with DSLR cameras. But if you’re not shooting with a DSLR, then just add blur.
Many parents (including our clients!) are using the school photographer less and less. They find that using a professional photography studio, like MMP, offers more value than the school photographer. The limited options of the school photographer make it not even worth the packages. Here are some of the things many parents enjoy about using a professional photographer.
Any background is better than a cheesy school photo background! MMP selects fun, unique backgrounds for all of our studio sessions, including school portraiture.
More natural smiles. Wouldn’t you rather have a picture of your child laughing than a pushed smile? We spend up to 10 minutes with your student(s) to ensure we are capturing more than just “say cheese.”
Props. Many parents like to include some of their child’s “favorites” in their photos with them. We encourage parents to bring their child’s backpack, school supplies, even a favorite toy to their Back 2 School session.
Multiple Poses. Get more than just one headshot and one pose. Full length shots are great for a memory (record) of their growth. Your online gallery will offer you 3-5 different poses of your student to choose from.
Custom designed packages for you. Order just what you need and want with MMP.
More product options. Love canvas? Ever seen a metal print? Both are amazing and something you will love having as a product choice. You have the option to purchase more than just prints with MMP.
Digital copies. Who doesn’t need or want a digital copy of their keepsake pictures? It also makes sharing on social media that much easier! Digital images can be added on to any of our school portrait packages, or select or digital only package.
I have been photographing preschoolers (and their siblings) for the past 6 years and, after years of parents asking, we are pleased to offer our school portraiture to children aged PreK-8th grade. The event will be taking place on Saturday, September 9th. Packages start at $30. Watch your email and social media for more information, coming soon!
Figuring out how to better manage your time can be a constant battle. At the end of the day the list only has 2 things checked off, you’ve missed an appointment that you swear you had on your calendar, and your late to just about everything. Does this sound like you? If so, you are not alone. Here we share some favorite habits that may make your life a bit easier:
Write everything down. It’s been said that the faintest pen is stronger than the best memory. By writing it down, it won’t be forgotten. A great idea to stay on task is to keep a piece of paper (or digital notes) nearby so when a new idea or a task that you need to complete pops into your head, write it down, then stick with your original task until it’s complete. You can tackle the new one idea without losing focus on your first task. I’ve actually jumped on the Bullet Journal train and will be blogging about the experience.
Use only one calendar. With today’s technology, digital calendars can be in your pocket, at your work station, and in the kitchen. They can be wherever and whenever you need them. So don’t leave the soccer schedule taped to the fridge, get all your activities and events on one central calendar! That way you don’t overlap planning activities and events.
Don’t underestimate your time. This is a huge one for me as I’m always trying to squeeze the most out of every minute. If you feel like you are late to everything, then maybe it takes you longer to get ready than you think. Or maybe you don’t calculate the correct travel time. Sometimes just getting into the car can take a good 5 minutes. Start planning for more time than you think and plan to arrive early. This not only helps you to be on time, but allows for unplanned road blocks as well.
Here’s hoping you all enjoy the last few days of summer and that your children have a wonderful first week of school!!
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11258 Ford Avenue, Suite 5
Richmond Hill, GA