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Senior Photos for this Guy | Raleigh Senior Photographer

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I get it.  You have a guy in the house.  And guys in general don’t like to have their pictures made.  But he’s a senior and how many times in this young man’s life are you going to have to pictures, REAL PICTURES made with him. So what’s a Mom to do?  Well this Mom managed to get both her boys to do a photo shoot.  I did her oldest son a couple of years ago but he was into modeling so it was pretty easy for him to go along.  So when his younger brother came up to graduation and was looking at getting senior pictures I think Andrew was a little more hesitant.

When we came into the studio he looked like most men I see dragged to a photoshoot for their wives, obedient, tolerant but resigned to their fate.  But after showing Andrew my ideas with some pinterest shots for the shoot and he saw they weren’t so ‘girly’ or all full of ‘cheesy’ smiles he really perked up and you could see he was getting excited.  Now of course we did shoot some of those smiles just for Mom because she’s the one footing the bill but I wanted Andrew to have something he would enjoy and appreciate later and a session he could be proud of. So if you have a guy out there don’t give up!  Senior pictures for guys can be fun and something they will like.  Feel free to contact us and we can put together a story board for your senior guy and see if we can’t get him excited about the possibilities!

Thanks Andrew!  Fingers crossed for State! Go Wolfpack!

-XOXO

Diane

 

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How to Dress for your Photography Portrait Session : Family Photos, Head shots and more

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As with all things there are the old ways and the new ways when it comes to dressing for your photos.  But there are some hard and fast rules you should try to never break.  I will go over both the old and the new and the cardinal rules of dressing for your portraits.  

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COLORS AND STYLE

In the old photography world we were taught to wear nothing but solid, neutral not too bold colors.  In other words no reds, bright fuchsia’s, hot pinks etc.  In other words the rule was you didn’t want the outfit to distract from the face.  But with modern times photographs have become somewhat less posed and perfect and more representative of who we are which includes how we like to dress.  It’s part of our personal style.  So having fun with outfits can make your shoot come a little more alive.  So unless you are a traditionalist at heart feel free to have fun with it.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLORS

With that said though you still want it to look good and not be too chaotic.  So while keeping with your style a couple of things what will make the over all image look better when you have more than one person.  First try to stay in the same color family.  Choose one cohesive color or two complimentary colors for everyone.   An example might be navy and brown, black and white, pink and gray but try not to do more than two colors or it gets too confusing.  One important note on choosing colors for each person, if you have a baby or toddler they are tiny in the picture an although we put them in front to make them more of a priority it helps to put them in a lighter color than those around them.  That way they stand out from the group.  So even if you have chosen navy for the whole family you might consider white, or light gray for the baby.  Also, if you have a lot of people coming together you might want to consider a color that doesn’t have a lot of variations.  For example if you tell everyone to wear blue there are a LOT of different blues. 

I love Pantone for their color of the year and here’s a great example of what might happen without a little direction to your family.  If you have a lot of people and can’t look at their outfits together you might want to choose a color with little or no variation i.e. white or black.  Yes, it breaks the old rules but in this case it might be worth it.  If you notice the family at the top did a pretty good job.  The blues are either navy or the light blue.  And the little people are in white giving them more dominance in the picture.  We do struggle a little with Mom’s top and the stripes.  But overall the image works and is a nice family portrait which can be challenging with that many people. And YES their were a lot of head swaps. LOL!  

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COLOR CASTING PROBLEMS

One more note on choosing colors.  I don’t know that I have personally read this anywhere but in one case with a client she wore a beautiful red blouse that was very warm in tone and very bright.  It looked amazing on her.  So I was shocked to see when I got it into the computer for editing that it had produced a color cast on her face that was very unflattering.  It almost gave her skin an orange quality rather than the beautiful tan that we saw visually.  Camera sensors are funny things and they can read a situation very differently than our eyes.  Our eyes are very forgiving and our brains will try to make sense of things that hard data won’t fix for us.  So just be aware with strong colors in some cases it will create a color cast.  Reds and Greens in particular can be unflattering to the skin if they are very bright. 

 

ABSOLUTE DON’TS

Now on the the HARD and FAST RULES.  I try to tell my clients to NEVER wear plaids.  I know those seer sucker suits are adorable but they can cause some serious problems.  The first and most practical problem is it makes it almost impossible to do a head swap.  So for families with little people this can be super important if brother and sister just aren’t ever on the same page.  I can remember one of my photography interns calling me so frustrated with her family sessions because she couldn’t get the kids to behave. My response was “anytime you have kids under the age of five and more than one be prepared to do a head swap”.   I’m a mom.  I get it.  Your kids aren’t misbehaved.  They are kids! And we have to do everything we can to make them smile, laugh, giggle, sit still, fold their hands in their laps etc.  And that’s a lot to ask sometimes of a little person.  Then getting two or three of them to do it at the same time even tougher! Then throw in a Mom or Dad that at just the moment you get them to smile and do it, Mom looks down at them to make sure they are behaving.  It’s almost comical.  And if you don’t have a sense or humor and love it you shouldn’t be doing family portraits.  So with that said if you or your child is wearing plaid those lovely stripped lines BEND when you turn your body or head so trying to line up one headshot or body shot from one image to the next may become impossible if those lines don’t line up.  

DON’T’S EXPLAINED: PATTERNS & PLAIDS

And the last hard and fast rule is to avoid plaids, houndstooth (I know… I love them too) and thin stripes if possible.  The sensors in the camera just don’t like them.  They can create moiré patterns and can ruin a picture.  Here’s a little excerpt on moiré patterns. 

Avoiding Moiré Patterns

Have you ever seen a distracting pattern on a person’s shirt when watching television? This effect, known as a moiré pattern, is caused by geometric elements of the shirt conflicting with the image sensor.  In dSLRs, moiré patterns occur because the image sensors are arranged in a specific matrix pattern that can conflict with patterns on the subject. The patterns aren’t visible through the viewfinder, because you’re not looking at what the image sensor is picking up.

I hope my dentist will forgive me for posting this picture.  It was one of those quick, can I drop buy and get a quick headshot and we didn’t have time to talk but it been GREAT for showing clients what can happen. Thanks Leo! LOL!

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It’s generally best to not to wear geometric patterns in clothing when being photographed.  

So hopefully that wasn’t too confusing and we are always willing to look at outfits you have picked out to help you in choosing the best combinations to make the most of your family portraits or other photo sessions. 

-XOXO

Diane

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Jenny & Cole Wedding Day | Raleigh Photographers

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It’s no secret I love weddings.  I love the special magical moments that just happen. I love the nervousness before the ceremony and the relief as soon as the bride and groom walk down that aisle together at the end of the ceremony.  Then the laughter and fun on the dance floor when all the days activities are done but that last exit.  And yes, I even love the chaos.  Because that’s what weddings are… controlled chaos.  But that’s what makes them so exciting.  And Jenny and Cole’s wedding was no less than that…  With Jenny’s gorgeous blue eyes that just screamed at my lens and Cole’s adoration for his beautiful bride it was a beautiful day.  I loved all the special touches from the dried flowers in Jenny’s bouquet from her grandparents funeral to Mom making the flowers being a former florist herself.  Each detail was expertly selected to represent them.  And I love shooting at Caffe Luna because the natural light is so beautiful with easy access to downtown and phenomenal food and service. 

Congrats Jenny and Cole!  You look amazing.  I hope you enjoy your sneak peek. 

-XOXO

Diane

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Choosing the Right Location for Family Portraits | Historic Oakview Park

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Part 3 in Choosing the right location for your family portraits.  Historic Oakview.  Another one of my favorites. It can be a little crowded with photographers depending on the time of year but it’s still a great location.  I love it because it has a lot of variety and can be shot at almost anytime of year.  The winter can be a little tough in that only the barns and porch on the main & side house are an option for backgrounds but the rest of the year it is beautiful.  

Here is the link from my first blog post | Factors to Consider when Choosing your Portrait Location
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Choosing the Right Location for Family Portraits | Fletcher Park

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This is part two of choosing the right location for your family portrait. If you haven’t read my previous blog post regarding the method in which  to choose the best location here is a link to read up on the factors involved in choosing the right location for your family photos. How to Choose the Best Location for Family Photos 

With that said here is location #2 Fred Fletcher Park.  This is probably one of my favorite locations.  Mostly because it works for almost any situation.  It has low flowers and bushes for little people and tall trees, winding paths and fences for families with teens or adults and best of all I can find areas of greenery to shoot even in winter.  

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Family Portraits at 12 Oaks | Raleigh Photographers

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Whenever I am consulting with a client on family portraits the discussion of location is always a big part.  There are many factors I consider when choosing a location.  The first being the time of year.  Whether my clients want the fall leaves, a specific color to match their decor or have just missed the fall family portrait rush and the leaves are gone and we need a special location I pick the best location based on the time of year we are shooting.  The next factor is the age of the kids.  I have a lot of little people in my family portraits so I don’t want them dwarfed by trees or bushes.  I try to choose a location based on the size of the  foliage so it accents the pictures and highlights my clients rather than the background.  One other small thing to note is when shooting in public parks it’s always best to shoot during the week so the parks are less crowded so you don’t have to spend time waiting for people to move out of the background or shoot around bystanders.  And lastly convenience.  It’s always a series of compromises.  Although I prefer to choose locations based on the two above if I have really little people who are going to get grumpy, tired or hungry if the drive time is too long we may forgo the above to make it more convenient.  Happy little people are the most important to a family portrait.  But before I move on to the next location blog post I would be remiss if I didn’t include one other important key factor that is critical in achieving the best results and that is LIGHTING.  Lighting is probably the single most influencing component in your pictures being their best.  People tend to think sunny and bright in the middle of the day is the best time but actually depending on the time of year a couple of hours before sunset or after sunrise is the best time to take pictures outdoors.  If you shoot in the middle of the day not only does the sun cast shadows under the eyes that are unflattering but all that harsh light shows every flaw in the skin.  Now does that mean we can’t make it work during the day? No. But it does require areas of full shade which limit the areas we can shoot.  So just another little thing to think about… The good news is during the summer months you don’t have to worry as much about taking off work for family pictures as usually the best times for shooting are between 6 and 7pm.

So here we have some family pictures that were shot in the neighborhood at 12 Oaks near 12 Oaks Country Club.   The nice thing about this location is the abundance of flowers, the golf course, a touch of rustic with the wood shed and metal walls.  This location is great for smaller families with little people.  
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Stephanie & Chris’s Wedding at the Glassbox and Stockroom | Raleigh Photographer

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This was such a special wedding for me.  I have known this bride for almost 10 years now. I am so happy she finally found that one guy that was just perfect for her.  Through the dating, engagement and wedding planning as well as enagement  portraits at the beach and the park it was clear that this guy was her one and only.  I love the venue she chose in the Stockroom and the Glass Box.  Such a beautiful place to have a wedding and as a photographer I am in love with the lighting.  The whole wedding was just gorgeous!

Steph & Chris you guys looked amazing.  And I think I cried a little too when Chris saw you walking down the aisle.  I know you will be fabulously happy and I am super jealous of your Hawii honeymoon. But I’m glad you missed Pete!  Eeeeek!  

Thanks to Emily Warrick Events for the Planning, Plume Events for the Flowers and of course the amazing folks over at the Stockroom and Glassbox for all their help!

-XOXO Diane

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Welcome Baby Wyatt | Newborn Photographer

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I must say I think babies and weddings are my favorite of all my shoots.  With my own children getting older and less willing to cuddle I get my baby fix in the studio these days and little baby Wyatt was a great cuddler.  Maybe a little too much as he wanted cuddles a little more than my posey pillow. LOL  But he eventually fell asleep and we got some great shots.   Baby Wyatt is so adorable! And big brother puppy dog is almost as adorable.  I know Mom and Dad are so excited.  Welcome Wyatt!

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Shelby’s Senior Session | Raleigh Senior Photography

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Shelby’s got a bright future coming up!  Already graduating from Peace College with an internship and scholarship to NC State for her graduate program is aligned for success!  We had so much fun with you and Mom!  You guys are awesome!  Here’s your little sneak peek. : ) 

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