Like it or not, family photos don’t happen unless you put it in the plan. Your family is the most important thing to you, right? So no excuses. Don’t miss another year of family portraits!
Here are five great tips to help you start getting these precious years documented. They will have you singing!
1. Plan ahead.
Take into consideration nap times, lunch, or any other possible melt down moments, when scheduling your session. Try to feed the family just before the shoot, preferably following lil Johnny’s nap time. In our studio, we have snacks, juice and a treasure chest to make smiles last and get the best family photos. Secondly, walk through your wardrobe decisions before the session with your photographer, discussing colors and patterns that compliment the room you plan to hang your portraits in.
Your photographer can provide guidance in all aspects of the session including planning, shooting, and ordering. Listen to what they recommend for locations and times. The photographer usually has good reason for their suggestions. The high-noon sun is usually too harsh for family photos, or a busy place can be too distracting to kids.
You should be able to trust your photographer to help guide you as to where you should do the session, what time works best for the light and your schedule.
3. “We need to wait to get family photos because…” Excuses are… well… just excuses.
We all have plenty of reasons why we put off getting family pictures. “I want to lose 10 pounds. I don’t have anything to wear. We want to wait until the kids are older. My husband is working long hours right now.”
Every year without a photo session is another year that doesn’t get captured. Your child might be a busy toddler who won’t sit still, but that’s them in all their toddler glory. Those 10 pounds? When your children are all grown up taking pictures with their family, they won’t have those memories to look back on for themselves. Next year will hold a different set of excuses.
4. Embrace the fun!
It never fails. Mom thinks that for this one hour session, her little two year old should be some sort of angel who sits on a box and smiles every time the photographer is ready. WRONG! Your two year old is supposed to do what two year olds do—be into something for all of 30 seconds, and then move onto something new. The photographer’s job is to capture these amazing moments. I guarantee you, if you let them do their job, you will LOVE your images. I always hear, “wow you actually got some great photos. How did you do that? Susie didn’t sit still once.” Well, it’s kinda my job.
Instead of just asking for the disc of the session, ask your photographer if they can assist you in getting your images printed, framed and hung on your wall. This service will ensure that you can enjoy your images for years to come. We provide you an experience that offers state-of-the-art software showing you to-scale, how your images will look on your wall even before we shoot your session!
What are you waiting for? Schedule your session today!
Written by Spokane Portrait Photographer Dana Reinke of Creative Catch Studio
We live in a different world today. The digital world.
A world where we can communicate with a friend living nine time zones away by picking up our mobile device, writing on their timeline and instantly get a response. Or pick up our tablet and Skype them to see them face-to-face, well sort of.
Our ability to connect is so vastly different than it was even 10 years ago, let alone when I was growing up calling my grandparents on a corded phone connected to the wall talking about all the activities I’ve done in the past six weeks since the last time I talked with them. Long distance calling was too expensive to call every day. This way of living is history. Today 328 of my not-so-closest friends will see photos and hear about the meal I ate 10 minutes ago. Grandma and Grandpa cherished those phone calls. Do you think your “friends” cherish your posts? Grandma and Grandpa probably still do, but that’s it.
Don’t get me wrong it’s fun to chat with people I wouldn’t have been able to connect with once upon a time, but really where is that time coming from? Have we magically grown more time with this new digital world? Not when we are talking about real relationships; we’ve actually shrunk it. We are stealing from the people right in front of us for the ones somewhere else with their nose stuck in their digital world ignoring their families too.
RELATIONSHIP MOTIVATES US
As of three months ago, NBC reported that the average American spends 40 minutes a DAY on Facebook. This doesn’t include Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any of the many online apps and games that suck people away from their real life to play with “friends” online. We are so drawn to relationships. It’s right smack in the middle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. We see online interaction as a connection with other human beings, and thus the viscous cycle begins. An addiction like no other, this appears to satisfy two of our basic needs, relationships and self esteem. We get excited when someone “likes” our stuff and agrees with our comment.
HANG YOUR LIFE ON A REAL WALL
We post all our images to our social sites and message them to friends and family. When we get photos taken, we just get a CD of them. For what? So we can post them to a site and plan to go get prints made someday when we have time? Then we put them in a drawer to deal with later. Digital copies of our portraits are fragile, some day we will not be able to access them. A good example is the “air” laptops and tablets. Where do you stick your CD to retrieve those beautiful family portraits now?
Many of us are so wrapped up in the digital world, that we forget the real world. We sit in an empty room with no family portraits on the wall, board games still in their wrappers and upload images to our flickr account to share with the world, and then get sidetracked checking our online game that “needs” our attention, our love.
Once upon a time, you could see a family portrait on the walls of homes. Home was warm and inviting and dinner was cooked and ready for the family gathered around the table. Chatter about everyone’s events of the day were shared there. Today, our walls are bare, and dinner is brought home from the closest fast food place.
Let’s think about what’s really important here. For me, behind the Almighty, my family is a close second. We can all work on that, and spend more time with our real family and less with the ones through the wireless router and 4G towers. Play more board games, go camping “disconnected,” eat at the dinner table together, hang beautiful family portraits on our walls, and embrace what Maslow hierarchy really was talking about, a complete balanced life.
This post was inspired by this YouTube video, titled, “Look Up.” If you haven’t already seen it, take a moment now to view it, and then get off this device and go give a little love to the people around you.
Written by Spokane Portrait Photographer, Dana Reinke of Creative Catch Studio
It’s a wonderful day when you can photograph an amazing couple for the second time in one year.
About 10 months ago, we photographed the two of them tying the knot in Soap Lake, WA! The energy felt around them when we were documenting their big day was something we unfortunately don’t see much in couples these days. We were in awe to experience them committing their lives together! Their wedding photos turned out amazing—there was so much positive emotion in these photographs. You see, it’s much easier as a photographer to capture that energy, than it is to try and create it.
FAST FORWARD TO PRESENT DAY – THE FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION
Last Saturday, they drove two hours to Spokane to document the addition to their beautiful family with Creative Catch Studio; lil’ miss Emily, a picture perfect nearly 6-month-old. Seriously, she must of been a model in a previous life…we got this session complete in half an hour! The energy must be genetic because we captured some seriously awesome connections between this family. They went to lunch while I prepared their order session, and within an hour they had picked their wall design for their living room that will tell this fragment of their story for years to come.
We at Creative Catch Studio, here in Spokane Wash., are so blessed to assist another client in getting their family framed and on the wall. Thank you Liz and Jake for letting us photograph you again, we can’t wait until the next session together!
With a newly expanded NorthPointe clinic, Houk Chiropractic and Massage Therapy’s Jay Sherrell, LMP asked for some new artwork to decorate his new massage room. Once Jay discussed it with the boss, Dr. Houk took it one step further and suggested that together we sell the artwork off the wall and rotate it out with fresh pieces periodically.
“Your metal prints have great color and a unique fresh look,” Jay said. “We would like to hang your Spokane Landscape Photography in our new rooms on large metal prints.”
We asked for a snapshot of the walls they were considering hanging Spokane Photography on. He sent one over and we went to work to put the perfect image on metal for his massage room. We sent him a to scale photo from our software to show how it would look, and he was instantly ready to get it on the wall. Today it was hung, and we grabbed some snapshots to share how this piece added the final touch to finish this room.
Today was the first of more to come. So if you need an adjustment or massage therapy and want to look at some work by Creative Catch Studio, Houk Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Clinic is the place to go!
The best part is, these Spokane Landscape Metal Prints are for sale! If you like what you see, you can buy it off the wall, or we can get it customized for your home and room decor. Call 509-879-3262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
We had a blast photographing these smiles with the first shoot in our new studio! This is just a teaser of the fun we had tonight. We think Piper (the dog) had the best poker face smile.