Mieko and I get contacted by members of large families that are coming to Hawaii on vacation on a daily basis. We understand that there are several families and involved, and each person/sibling has their own specific needs in addition to the needs of the entire group.
For many of our clients this is the first time in years that everyone has been assembled in the same place for a reason other than a funeral. One of the most common requests we get is to create a portrait with the entire family for the patriarchs. Then to create at least one family portrait of each siblings family.
Were professional and detail oriented. We want to make sure the clothes you select fit the decor in the room where the portrait will be displayed. We also want to know the emotion and expression desired. Looking at the camera and smiling gives one emotion, while walking along the beach and talking to each other gives an entirely different feel.
The key to a successful family portrait session with multiple families is pre -planning. Knowing the needs of the group and each sub family allows us to let you know the costs are before you get to Hawaii so there is no surprise. This way when you come to the studio to see images projected on a five foot screen the time is spent selecting the images that have the most impact not thinking about the cost.
Some families are large and 25 plus people. We understand driving everyone to a location can require effort and extra planning. Since family portraits are not something done often, it makes sense to pick the best location possible. Portraits are forever.
Having said that there are plenty of times when convenience is more important. Moving a lot of young kids, or handicapped family members can be an issue. When this happens we strive to find a location that fits everyones needs.
The hardest part of the entire process is planning and communicating before even getting to Maui.