So a little while back I did some photos for friends Jon and Sarah. I wanted to mess around in the studio a little with some different ideas and Jon is always willing to offer up his kids as guinea pigs when it comes to photography. I loved how the photos of Sam, their son, turned out. The idea was that if they liked the photos of Sam maybe we could do shots of all of the kids. Well, that’s what we did. The are a few things I love about this — from the photos to how we planned it out.
Let’s start with the planning because there is an important thing that often gets overlooked when going to a studio to have photos done. Ask yourself, what am I going to do with the photos? It’s great to have them, but you really need an idea of what you want in a finished photo. We talk to clients about this all the time.
That’s where Jon and Sarah come in. They think of photos as artwork to be displayed. Few people would buy a large painting without knowing where in their home they want it to hang. It’s the same with photos. If you are going to invest in photography, let’s work together and get a plan going of where things are going to be in your home. What kind of space do you have? What are the colors of the room? Will black and white work better or is color the best choice? We always recommend snapping a few photos with your phone and sending them to us so we can help in the process.
In Jon and Sarah’s case, we decided that individual shots of each kid, photographed and edited in the same style would work best. We will probably do canvas prints, each at least 30 inches wide and stacked on top of each other. We are still looking at black and white or color. The wall where they will hang is neutral so either will work. All of these little decisions can pay big dividends in the end so our clients and Bob and I have a good understanding of what we want the finished pieces to look like.
So here are the edited images from the shoot. We love how they came out and think once they are on the wall, Jon and Sarah will have really nice images of their children that they can enjoy for years.