4 Quick Steps to pick a Family Portrait Photographer

4 Quick Steps to pick a Family Portrait Photographer

It’s fall, and this is when many folks start thinking about portraits. I often get questions like, “How do I pick a Family Portrait Photographer?” So, here ar:

“4 Quick Steps to pick a Family Portrait Photographer”

Step 1: Recommendations from friends can be a good way to go. But a caveat:  just like people have different tastes and budgets for clothing and decor, they will also have wildly different styles in photography. Some people just want a photo that is one step above a snapshot. Others just want one really good family photo. Others want a high-end, boutique experience with a full gallery of WOW images. If you have a friend who has a similar taste and budget in interior decor and clothes, that can be a good indicator that you might like the photographer they use.

Step 2: Then check their website. Their photos should grab you, you should feel right away – “Wow! I love these!”

Step 3: Videos – I also always suggest that clients look at an entire photo session before booking their photographer. That way, they can see if the photographer can deliver a consistent and full gallery of WOW images.  This means different angles, close up and wide-angle, each person alone, kids together, kids with parents, both posed and casual, different expressions, etc. That’s much more reliable than seeing just one or two good images.

On my video page, you’ll see about 30 different sessions, to give you an idea of my style. A few of them even have BTS (behind the scenes) and client interviews, which gives you even more of an idea on what it’s like to work with me. Of course, if you want the quick read, my testimonial page can provide that.

Step 4: Contact the photographer. Do they get back to you within one business day? Do they seem to know what they are doing? Do they ask lots of questions to make sure they understand what you are looking for, and you understand what they offer? Do they explain things clearly?

So, there you have it. A complicated process simplified to four key steps. I hope this helps you pick your family photographer. And whether you pick me, or someone else, please do have family photos taken this year! Every year your children change sooo much – these precious times deserve to be captured. Oh, and if you are doing holiday cards ….please please include you and your spouse/co-parent if you are together. Your friends love seeing your kids, but even more than that – they want to see YOU! I feel so passionately about this, I should probably do an entire blog post on “Make sure you appear on your holiday card!”

Here is a sample session taken in the Boulder mountains. I can’t wait to photograph this family again this weekend, this time with their newest family addition!

Session in Boulder, Colorado (with guest appearance by family dog)

Westminster Family Portraits Outdoors in the Boulder Mountains from N Lee on Vimeo.

*Your dogs are part of your family! And we often include them in portraits. There are a few steps to follow to make sure we get the best photos possible, and one of the key  things is to have someone who can take over the dogs once we are done photographing them. A neighbor, a friend, etc. It’s also a good idea to have them groomed a couple days before, and bring them a little bit hungry so they will pay attention.

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Top 5 Tips for WOW! Family Portraits | Family Photography by Natascha Lee Studios

Top 5 Tips for WOW! Family Portraits | Family Photography by Natascha Lee Studios

Today I’m updated a blog posting from a while back – its on how to select a great photographer for your family photos.

One of the things I specialize in is capturing your child’s and family’s true spirit and personality during portrait sessions.  Not just stiff posed photos where you look nice. Sure, you want to look great, but you also want to say, “That portrait is so THEM! That’s exactly the expression I recognize.”

This isn’t easy, as your children, spouse, and perhaps even you are possibly meeting me for a the first time, probably at a new location, I’m a stranger behind big black camera, and we are asking them to do things they don’t usually do.

But, as you’ll see from my images and these kind words from super-happy portrait families, capturing stunning images of your children’s true spirit is one of the unique things I deliver to clients.

While I focus (pun intended!)  on local  baby, children and family portraits, these tips will apply to anyone, anywhere planning a professional portrait session with their children.

Here are my top 5 tips for parents looking to have authentic images of your child and family:

Tip 1) Select the right photographer. Look at their portfolio, and see if their style is what you are looking for. Do you prefer posed images? Or more lifestyle images, where people are relaxed and not looking at the camera?  Do you prefer indoor images shot in a studio, or perhaps in your house? Or outdoor images with nature as your backdrop, or perhaps in urban settings? An experienced photographer will have galleries for each of the types of images they shoot, and should have enough images to give you a good idea of their style.

Tip 2) Budget accordingly. Expect to spend money on the right photographer, since talented photographers are in-demand and appropriately compensated for their work. Something to consider: of all the “optional” things you will spend money on this year (restaurants, movies and concerts, new clothes, spa and hair services, those impulse buys at Target and Costco), professional portraits will be one of the most long-lasting purchases, giving you and others the most joy for years to come.

Two Key Tasks: Find a photographer whose style you love and budget appropriately.

Tip 3) Share advance intel. Tell the photographer a few things about your child(ren) in advance – things they like to watch, read, do. That will help create a quick connection and conversation starting point. Similarly, tell your child about the exciting event you are going to do together. Build it up as something special and fun. With your child, visit the photographer’s About Me section of their website – show your children the photographer’s photo, and a bit about them. This will make your child more comfortable with the photographer. And this doesn’t just apply to young children – even teenagers are a bit more comfortable knowing about the photographer (even if they won’t admit it.)

Two Key Tasks: Tell the photographer two things your kid likes, and visit the photographer’s About Me page with your child.

Tip 4) Follow the photographer’s preparation suggestions. A experienced photographer will send you detailed instructions on how to prepare, which go beyond just selecting cute clothes for everyone. Invest time in reading them and doing all the ones that make sense for you and your family. As I tell my clients, proper preparations can take your photos from Amazing to Mind-Blowing.

 Key Tasks: Review and follow the prep  tips. And if all else fails, make sure your kids are well rested, super clean (noses, eyes, face, fingernails, etc.) and select clothes your kids are comfortable in.

Tip 5) Relax. Once you have done all your preparation work, let the photographer do their job. I know it’s tempting to step in and tell you kid what to do/not to do, but that usually creates a more stressed/less cooperative kid, not a more cooperative one. Professional Photographers have plenty of tricks up their sleeve, and sometimes even a roll of SmartiesTM.

Two Key Tasks: Show your child you are relaxed and having fun, and trust the photographer to get amazing images (Because you did follow tip #1, right? 😉 )

Capturing Your Child’s True Spirit and Personality in Vibrant Portraits – Colorado Family Photography

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video (TBT)

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video (TBT)

I just love videos for explaining concepts or doing product reviews. Here’s a quick explainer video for what it’s like to work with me:

Natascha Lee Studios 2016 Explainer Video from N Lee on Vimeo.

If you are looking for family portraits, that video gives you a super quick overview of me, the kind of photos I create, and my style.

Below are a few more key links that people like to have, when they are looking for a Denver family photographer and considering working with me.

Feel free to check them out. And, if you aren’t in the area looking for a Denver family photographer, ask your local photographer if they have similar links available for you to check out. In addition to pricing and their gallery, be sure to see a video or a sample of a full session – I always recommend seeing an entire session by your photographer. Because anyone can take one or two good photos, but you want a photographer that will deliver and entire gallery of great images for you to select from.

Not all photographers have a studio, but if they do have one, you’ll want to ask where it is and what it is like. Their studio is a great meeting place, you can see their product samples and it also provides a back up shooting location if your outdoor location gets rained/snowed out. (Although it can be very fun to shoot in the rain and snow!

1. What people say about working with me

2. My photo galleries, (one for each of my specialties so you can see my photography style)

3. Videos to see what an entire session would look like 

4. Pricing Overview

5. A bit about me

6. My N Denver Studio Tour

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Denver Urban Photography Studio Tour  2-   Natascha Lee Studios – Denver Baby, Kids, Family and Highschool Senior Photography

Denver Urban Photography Studio Tour 2- Natascha Lee Studios – Denver Baby, Kids, Family and Highschool Senior Photography

Brrr. It’s cold in Denver today. And tomorrow’s Denver forecast says a high of 2 degrees. When it’s this cold, I like to huddle inside with the dog, coffee, the fire going, and catch up on sharing some recent work. How about a little Denver Urban Photography Studio Tour?

I’ll let you in on a little secret – often, I get a question like, “I would like my model portfolio done by you. Do you have any places you shoot with red brick walls, kinda distressed?” And that will become an inspiration to do a blog posting….I can answer that photography client’s specific question with images, and then I have it available anyone in the future who asks.

Today, I’m sharing a few iphone videos taken this Fall @ one of my satellite studio locations. This isn’t far from my Denver Studio, but it’s a totally different Urban space and feel.  For one thing, it’s mostly outdoors – so not so great on sub-freezing days. But the variety of background make for fab photos. I did a senior shoot here in the fall, and the space helped us get truly unique photos to celebrate Bella, the Cherry Creek Highschool (CCHS) senior during this special time in her life.

The videos below help you get a feel for the place, and I’ve included photos taken in each of the spaces (like my other studio tour posts here and here).

First up is this great red brick barn, with sliding doors on one side and it is just flooded with natural light from the sliding doors:

Denver Urban Photography Studio Shooting Space Video 4 from N Lee on Vimeo.

We can make photos like this:
#CCHS Senior Photos - CCHS_ClassOf2017_IMG_7637_NataschaLeeStudios-eal-sfw

And the cool metal staircase in the corner can be used like this:
Cherry Creek Highschool Senior Portraits - Denver Family and Model Photographer

This one shows the barn and the outside:

Denver Urban Photography Studio Shooting Space Video 1 from N Lee on Vimeo.

Then there’s this great corner with lots of plants including grape vines climbing an arbor, a super cool metal table, vines climbing the walls, and yummy light:

Denver Urban Photography Studio Shooting Space Video 1 from N Lee on Vimeo.

We can do photos like this:

Denver CCHS Senior, Beautiful Brunette, Denver Senior Photographer

Finally, the part that is probably my favorite – the huge sliding doors.

Denver Urban Photography Studio Shooting Space Video 1 from N Lee on Vimeo.

And we can use those doors, and the diffused light as a background to make photos like this. I just love, love, love this image:

Denver Model Photography - Natascha Lee Studios

So that’s the tour. This space is a special place, and available as an upgrade option to your photo session!

Finally, I’ll include some photos I used in a previous post. I was going to link to them, but I might as well just include them here:

Denver Model Portfolio Photographer Natascha Lee Studios - IMG_0339-(2)-eal-sfw

Denver Urban Portraits by Natascha Lee Studios - IMG_5865-eal-sfw

Natascha Lee Studios - Urban Outdoor Private Shooting Space - Denver Family Photographer

Denver Headshots - Urban Shooting Space - Natascha Lee Studios - IMG_5867-eal-sfw

Broomfield Kid and Family Portraits - Urban Shooting Space - Natascha Lee Studios - IMG_5869-eal-sfw

Wouldn’t this be a great place for your child’s Highschool Senior Photos? Or a Modeling Portfolio? Or for family portraits for an urban feel?  Let’s do it – Contact me today!

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video

As you probably have heard, “explainer” videos are all the rage. They are brief (30 sec – 2 minute) videos that give a quick overview of your company, service, etc.

Here is mine, hot off the presses. Well, the digital presses that is:

Natascha Lee Studios 2016 Explainer Video from N Lee on Vimeo.

 

If you are looking for family portraits, that video gives you a super quick overview of me, the kind of photos I create, and my style.

Below are a few more key links that people like to have, when they are looking for a Denver family photographer and considering working with me.

Feel free to check them out. And, if you aren’t in the area looking for a Denver family photographer, ask your local photographer if they have similar links available for you to check out. In addition to pricing and their gallery, be sure to see a video or a sample of a full session – I always recommend seeing an entire session by your photographer. Because anyone can take one or two good photos, but you want a photographer that will deliver and entire gallery of great images for you to select from.

Not all photographers have a studio, but if they do have one, you’ll want to ask where it is and what it is like. Their studio is a great meeting place, you can see their product samples and it also provides a back up shooting location if your outdoor location gets rained/snowed out. (Although it can be very fun to shoot in the rain and snow!

1. What people say about working with me

2. My photo galleries, (one for each of my specialties so you can see my photography style)

3. Videos to see what an entire session would look like 

4. Pricing Overview

5. A bit about me

6. My N Denver Studio Tour

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Denver Stylish Family Photography – Washington Park

Denver Stylish Family Photography – Washington Park

Here is one of my favorites from a recent Denver Stylish Family Photography shoot. Well, not super recent, obviously it’s fall, and these photos were taken in August since everything is in bloom…but I gotta say that two months ago still feels recent to me! So I guess not recent at all in internet time where we all post things as they happen. I’ll restart: Here is on of my favorites from a summer Denver Family Portrait shoot. There! All set on the timeline verbiage.

This is my fourth time photographing this fabulous family. I photographed their younger daughter’s modeling portfolio images for  a local Denver modeling agency, their family portraits last year (also done @ Washington Park) , their older daughter’s senior portraits (go Cherry Creek!), and their entire family this year, too. It’s an honor to be part of my client’s lives like this!

And, can I just say how much I love Washington Park? It’s like the National Parks (celebrating their 100th anniversary this year).  But Wash Park is even older. From Wikipedia: 

The park was first developed by Architect Reinhard Scheutze in 1899. Its design was influenced by city planner Kessler, the Olmsted Brothers and the famous philanthropist “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown.

So, thanks to those folks over a century ago, and the people today who tend to it and esp the folks who do the flowers and landscaping – they all bring so much joy to so many people. When I’m meeting Denver friends, one of my favorite things to do is to meet there for a walk, bike ride or picnic.

We met at sunrise for the family portraits. It’s hard to get camera-ready that early in the morning, but it is always worth it!

Denver Family Photography - Portraits at Washington Park by Natascha Lee Studios

Denver Stylish Family Photography

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