Maui Photography Tip – Planning before the session is key to success

Every week the phone rings with a potential client interested in having portraits created while on vacation in Hawaii. According to many of our clients,  families are too busy with their routine at home, making vacation an ideal time to organize a family portrait.

Knowing when to have portraits created is very important but so is knowing what your going to do with the images created.  Will the portraits be going in your home, given away as gifts to loved ones.

Technology has made it possible to offer wall portraits on canvas, gift prints on kodak paper, produce one of a kind coffee table books, painted portraits on canvas then embellished with acrylics, images boxes, etc. Some portrait artists are selling collections of wall portraits so that clients can design their interior space using multiple portraits in a variety of designs. Every week the phone rings with a potential client interested in having portraits created while on vacation in Hawaii. According to many of our clients, their families are too busy with their routine at home, making vacation an idea time to organize a family picture. Knowing when to have portraits created is very important but so is knowing what your going to do with the images created.

Technology has made it possible to offer music slide shows, wall portraits on canvas, gift prints on kodak paper, produce one of a kind coffee table books, painted portraits on canvas then embellished with acrylics, images boxes, etc. Some portrait artists are selling collections of wall portraits so that clients can design their interior space using multiple portraits in a variety of designs.

Waiting until after the images are created to decide what to do is a recipe for disaster and stress. Imagine viewing dozens of images of your family that are all good and then wondering what to do with them. Without an established goal its quite possible to be overcome, and frustrated. However, with established goals in place its easier to view and select images from the session.

Establishing priorities is part of a process we call portrait planning and this is best done long before the session ever begins. I know it sounds funny, but the thinking about size and medium of print should take place in the planning stage not the selection stage. The projection should just be about selecting the best image, not about price