We had a fun time with Sullivan Family on Monday.
The happy Sullivan Family
Its all started from these two.
Family is one. But, each individual make their own foot prints.
Shooting up to create nice portrait with heavy bang. You know, it’s in style now…
Memories of fun vacation time in Maui.
A lot of laughter during this session.
They were so happy and could not stop jumping around.
After the session, lounging around enjoying the beautiful sunset.
It was so nice to meet you all, Sullivan Family!
“What should we wear” for our family portrait is a question Mieko and I get frequently. I tell clients that as much as we create beautiful portraits that capture the emotion and expressions of their family, we are also creating custom home decor. So it makes sense that the clothes compliment the color scheme of the room the portrait will be displayed in.
This means that for rooms that have soft colors and wooden tones, colors like white, khaki, denim and soft pastels work well. Clothes with logos, stripes, checks, or loud patterns do not. Black should be avoided.
Our goal is to help families determine the number of different poses or breakdowns desired so we have time to create everything. Knowing what is desired also allows us the opportunity to inform clients what the costs are so any issues or inconsistencies can be taken care of.
So, a fair amount of advance planning is required. While this does take time, it enables families to make important decisions before they get here so in the end they get what they really want.
Our web site has a portrait planning guide and a consumers guide to photography on Maui, located on the family portraiture gallery drop down menu.
If coming to Maui and you would like to learn more about photography please contact us.
Below are 7 tips to photographing pets and children. Enjoy!
1) get out of your comfort zone and into theirs. Kids and pets are not tall like adults, so go down to their level. Try getting low or even on the ground. You will see all kinds of new angles and possibilities.
2) Dont bark commands and force them into cooperation. Parents are famous for this. Yes, we want respectful children, but we dont want tantrums, tears, and conniption fits. so sometimes parents just have to relax.
3) Let kids & pets be themselves. If they want to explore let them, you might just get something really special that you would otherwise not have even considered.
4) Remember the best portraits are the ones that tell a story and evoke an emotion, not just looking at the camera. In this way you capture the personalty and emotion of the subject and this is timeless.
5) Saying cheese triggers the mind to make a cheesy smile. Instead capture a portrait with a real expression.
7) Use props like a noise making chicken, sea shells, bubbles, toys, & sand castles for kids, frisbees, dog toys, treats, ocean, and squeaky noise makers for dogs.
6) Have Fun – Remember Getting wet or dirty makes for great story telling.
7) Have dog treats, kids snacks, drinks, towels, and extra clothes standing by.
If coming to Maui and are interested in a family portrait please contact Maui Photography. If interested in learning about photography, check out Maui Photo Tours. Workshops on landscape, basic, I-phone, portraiture, and underwater photography are offered. If interested in fine art photography or joining wildlife photography expeditions check out Douglas J Hoffman
Many times families ask us to create a portrait that includes not only the beauty of Hawaii but also the playful nature of their family. One of the ways we do this is to ask the family to go for a walk on the beach.
This week I photographed a large family with four kids under 6 years old. This is nothing new but hearing a comment from one of the parents resonated with me because I have been in the same position with my family. We were about halfway done with the session when the one of the kids decided it was time to have a fit. Tarzan screams, funny animal sounds, and bribes with ice cream had no affect. I saw the frustration build in the parents faces and the child fed off this energy as if there were sharks smelling blood in the water.
The last time my family planned to have a family portrait created, I wanted it too bad and our eldest child knew it. For a little while she had the power and decided to be uncooperative. If I would have only relaxed and let go, things would proceeded much better. Instead, I became the frustrated father. In retrospect it would have been better to take a brief timeout.
Life gives us opportunities to learn and it when it comes to kids, sometimes its smart to try and understand what its like to be a kid. Our child is testing her boundaries and finding out what she can and cant do. This is important for her development.
So, the next time we have our family portrait created I will be more relaxed. Hopefully without the scent of blood, our daughter will be relaxed as well. However, in the event one of the kids should have a tantrum, rather than get stressed, I will take a short time out in order to relax. I will offer the same advice to our clients.
Mieko and I know as professionals that with the absence of pressure on children, most of the time kids have fun and enjoy the family portrait session. However, each child is different. Sometimes, regardless of what parents do, a child will melt down.
If this should occur, portraits can still be made that capture the personality of a family. In this case we would have the everyone sit on the beach and look at the view, sunset, boat or whale on the horizon. We might also have everyone looking at each other. This often stops frowns and starts smiles. Walking away from the camera and jumping into the setting sun are also great options. This captures a family in action. While we cant see the faces we can feel the emotional impact and let our minds go back to a beautiful place called Maui.
When it comes to having portraits of family created the goal is to capture the love and relationships that exist within a family. If their is frustration & stress it will show up, so its best to just let go. Otherwise its time for time out!
Enjoy family. Live life. Aloha
Recently, on Halloween, and Mieko took our daughters trick or treating while I sat on the porch and gave candy to all the kids. I would have gone with the family but with recent toe surgery, I had to stay off my foot.
As I gave candy out to all the Spiderman, Superman,and Disney Princes’, it I realized that spending time as a family is really what life is all about. All to soon the kids will grow up, move out, and then start a family of their own.
With that thought in mind, I think its smart to take time to play, read, and relate with kids while they are young.