Family Portraits

Are you interested in something a little different from the group shot at the last wedding you attended or the selfie you snapped at a Halloween party? Let me help you capture a “wall-hanger” photograph of your family. Yes, we know how hard it is to get everyone to coordinate schedules and wear something without holes, all at the same time, so we try to make our time together friendly, easy, and just long enough.

I like to get to know you so we can get comfortable working together and find the best image that reflects your family’s personality. I have portable lighting and backdrops so we can make your photographs where it is convenient for you; in your home, an outdoor setting or my home-based studio.

 

Packages

 

Family Single

Looking for a “wall-hanger” portrait of your family?  Here is how our Family Single works.

We will arrange to meet at a location near your home or in my home-based studio.  If we are going to be outside, I will try to scout it out ahead of our appointment.  I will do some preliminary set up for lights, etc. and be ready when you arrive for our appointment. We will finalize the setting and the set up together and make several photos.  You will have several shots to choose from after I eliminate the ones with blinking eyes and photo bombs. I provide:

  • Up to 30 minutes of photography at a single location
  • One retouched group look in color and black & white versions
  • Classic portrait lighting (indoors) or supplemented natural lighting (outdoors)
  • In-session image review and private online proof and download gallery
  • Image files prepared in high resolution print-ready JPEG and small web-ready JPEG and provided to you from our download gallery
  • License for print and social media use
  • $25 credit toward photo products purchased through my website
  • Price: $175

 

Family Collection

Have you got a couple of family groupings or do you want shots with a formal background and a natural setting?  Let's make a Collection.

Dalton FamilyDalton FamilyStephanie, Mark, Meghan, Will, Nicole and Michael

       

Rich, we can't thank you enough! Our family portraits are beautiful! Who would have thought that getting 6 adults and 3 dogs to not only cooperate but look good at the same time, well all we can say is you are a true artist! Thank you and Sue for a truly delightful and memorable experience.


- The Dalton Family, Mark, Stephanie, Meghan Will, Mike, Nicole, Molly, Charleston and last but not least Kenji

We will handle the Family Collection session like the Family Single and we will make several shots of each family grouping.  Here's what is included in the Family Collection:

  • Up to 1 hour of photography services
  • Up to Six retouched group looks in color and black & white versions
  • Your six looks can cover different family groups, one family group in six different attitudes, or any other combination that fits your situation
  • Classic portrait lighting (indoors) or supplemented natural lighting (outdoors)
  • In-session image review and private online proof and download gallery
  • Image files prepared in high resolution print-ready JPEG and small web-ready JPEG and provided to you from our download gallery
  • License for print and social media use
  • $50 credit toward photo products purchased through my website
  • Bonus: Discounted rate on future Double or Single sessions
  • Collection Price: $300 ($1050 value, save $750)

 

Family Experience

     

Rich Howe gave us lasting memories of my mom’s 93rd birthday party. We were able to have a great time at our own party and not have to take time away from guests to ensure we had photos of everyone. It was a delight to have not only freedom to enjoy the event, but also beautiful professional photos of the day. Thank you, Rich and Sue.

  - Monica Keane, Elk Grove Village, IL

Have you got a family reunion or a party for a milestone birthday coming up?  Why not let me record history while you make it? Here’s how it works.

  • Up to 2 hours of photography at a single location or venue
  • Up to six group looks in color and black & white versions
  • 15 to 30 candid images of the emotion, fun, and activities
  • Private online proof and download gallery
  • Image files prepared in high resolution print-ready JPEG and small web-ready JPEG and provided to you from our download gallery
  • License for print and social media use
  • Bonus: Discounted rate on future Single, Double, or Experience sessions
  • Family Experience Price: $300
  • $75 credit toward photo products purchased through my website
  • Optional additional time: $90 per hour

Ready to go?

Contact me and let's talk about the best way to get a family portrait you will be proud to hang on your wall. Here are some tips to prepare for it.

  • For men, try to get your hair cut a week or two before your session. Your hair will look more natural if you get it cut several days in advance.
  • On the other hand, women may want to have their hair styled the same day.
  • Get a good night's sleep the day before your session, drink plenty of water, and avoid salty foods and excessive alcohol.  This helps reduce dark circles under your eyes.
  • Mid- to late-morning are ideal times to schedule your session--you'll feel more energized and typically have fewer things on your mind.
  • If your session is late in the day or in the evening, take time to freshen up your appearance.  Men should consider shaving again to reduce any five-o'clock shadow.  For women, a camera seems to exaggerate details so makeup should be simple and minimize shine on your skin from lights or the sun.
  • Wear clothing that fits well--not too tight and not too loose.  Long-sleeved clothing that creates a v-neckline looks flattering in portraits. 
  • Everyone should wear what they are comfortable with, so they look natural.  Solids in darker colors (blue, gray) and mid-tones photograph well on most people. Busy prints seem to distract from the people themselves. For studio portraits, I use a gray background since it works well with nearly any color clothing.
  • Generally, a group photo looks “formal” if everyone wears the same type of shirt (e.g. all short sleeves or all long sleeves) and a similar type/color on the bottom (e.g. all jeans or all slacks/skirts).
  • Keep your accessories simple. Neckties, scarves, and jewelry should not draw attention away from your face.