In 2002, we started designing one of a kind books and have worked with many companies to print and bind them. We found one in New York that runs a great operation and love selling their books with our photography.
Coffee table books are truly one of a kind pieces of family art. Each page is designed with one goal to tell the story of your family. We do not use any software to make a book, just your photographs and our imagination.
A large percentage of our portrait business is made up of anniversaries and family reunions. We understand there a lot of logistics involved in getting multiple families together and over the last 13 years have designed a three step process that takes into account the needs of the group as well as individual families within the group.
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First is planning. Lets say we have a client whose parents are about to celebrate their 50th anniversary. In this example lets imagine we have three siblings with their families in addition to the parents celebrating their 50th. That means we really have four families.
Each family needs to be involved in the planning. This process takes time and energy, but pays off in the end because you determine what you want and establish the costs are so there are no surprises.
Most important planning makes you look at your walls and think about sizes before the session. Planning also lets us consider the clothing to be worn so the portrait completes the room rather than competes with the room.
It may be that one of your siblings recently had professional portraits done and is not interested in more of their family but is motivated to be part of the group image for your parents. We do not want to pressure siblings into having portraits created. Nor do we wish to take time away from members of your family that want to have portraits. When planning is done well, we know what sub families want portraits and make time to do everything.
Will the siblings be hiring the photographer and providing the session and a modest wall portrait as a gift to the parents. Has a plan been devised.
The second step is to do what we planned. We will meet on location and create the images discussed.
The third step is the image projection. This is where famlies see the images for the first time and place thier order. We suggest large families stagger the times of the progjection so there are only two-three families in the projection room at time. We can show you the portraits at the sizes you planned for as well as any other size you might want to see. We can also show different cropping . This way you know what to expect when your order arrives.
Portrait Planning Worksheet
Family Members:_______________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________________________