Photos in the Fall

It’s been a very busy month for Michelle Deemer Photography. October and November in the Northeast United States are great months for family portraits, as the changing leaves provide a gorgeous backdrop. I met the Garner family on a Friday evening in October to capture their family photos, and we had an absolute blast. Heidi, Brian and their kids were terrific sports, willing to hike all over the park and do all sorts of photos. Here are just a few of the highlights from the session. More can be found in the gallery.

Heidi, Brian and their kids.

The day after my shoot with the Garner family, I had the opportunity to help the Monahan family celebrate Marshall’s second birthday party. The weather was beautiful and the kids had a blast. Here are some highlights from that shoot. Again, more can be found in the gallery.

The Monahan family

The next few months are shaping up to be just as busy!  I even have my first wedding booked for December 8.  Look for more session highlights in the weeks to come!

November 25, 2012Permalink Leave a comment

How many people can I bring to my photo shoot?

I often receive questions from my clients about how many people they can invite to participate in a photo shoot.  Sometimes the request is to include Grandma and Grandpa or aunts, uncles and cousins in a family picture. Posed whole group family photos Sometimes the request is for me to take pictures of all of the guests at a birthday party.  Including a number of guests in a group photo is not a problem, but it is something we’ll have to plan well.  (For this blog post, all images were taken from Leah Smith’s photo shoot.  Leah’s mom did all of the things I recommend before this shoot.)

For this reason, I encourage phone consultations prior to the day of your shoot to make sure we’re on the same page.  I try come to every shoot with a plan in mind for the general order of pictures.  With family photos, the order tends to go like this:

  1. Posed whole group family photos
  2. Candid shots of family interacting, children playing, etc.
  3. Youngest child individual shots
  4. Candid shots of sibling groups/family sub-groups
  5. Posed sibling groups or other family “sub-groups”
  6. Next youngest child individual shots
  7. Older child individual shots
  8. Candid shots of family interacting, children playing, etc.

Candid shots of family interactingYou’ll notice that the goal is to get the most important shots of the youngest child done as early in the process as possible.  If there are more people involved, I change the order up to allow for snack and play breaks.  If you bring extra people, we will just have to plan for more time for the shoot.  Sometimes, that means that a 90 minute shoot will take two hours or more. Generally, I will block off a half day if I know the shoot involves a very large group, just in case we need extra time.

When there are more than 6-8 people involved, that phone consultation beforehand becomes really important, and here’s why:

It’s very, very difficult to get cute picture after cute picture of any child interacting with more than eight people individually in a two-hour window. 

Careful planning pays offThink about it.  What are the odds that any child under the age of four will give you a happy, cute expression over and over again for eight or more different poses/shots in a row?  Pretty slim, right?  So, if you really, really want a picture of dear little Jane kissing her Aunt Mae, I need to know in advance so I can plan for it.  For larger shoots, I like receiving lists of specific shots that my clients would like to see.  I’ll still do some posed shots and plenty of my own candid shots as well, but if there are images that are very important to you, tell me in advance.  I prioritize the most important images first so we have the best chance of getting the images you want before we move on to different poses/activities.

The answer to “how many people can I bring to my shoot” is always “as many as you want,” as long as we can put in the extra planning necessary in advance to make the actual shoot as productive as possible.

Favorite Photo Moment

I captured this image at a family wedding earlier this month, and I wanted to share it here.

Grandma and Grandpap Deemer

Grandma and Grandpap Deemer

This is a photo of my husband’s grandparents (my grandparents-in-law). Grandpap Deemer, as we call him, is on dialysis three times per week and walks with a cane, but halfway through this wedding, he leaned over to his wife of 65 years and asked her to dance.

It was beautiful.

P.S. While I snapped this photo, I was not the official photographer for the event. This image is not for sale.

September 30, 2012Permalink Leave a comment