Here is a recent BTS (behind the scenes) photo taken during a teen model photos session. Mom is so cute and stylish! And she is holding the reflector for when her daughter turns around and faces the other way (not for this particular shot.)
This was a super fun session we did Sunday afternoon @ my studio. Her daughter is into competitive cheer and is, as you can see, crazy flexible. They brought tons of cute clothes and we had a blast picking our favorite 3 outfits for the modeling session.
If you are looking for a great gift to give your teenage daughter, give her a modeling photos session! Even if she doesn’t want to pursue modeling, it will be an amazing experience and she’ll have some fab photos to share on IG or Snapchat. Plus, you’ll have great photos that celebrate who she is today, in all her lovely teenage glory.
Many of my Denver child and teen modeling clients have not done this before, and I provide plenty of tips on how to prepare, what to bring, clothing advice, etc.
Most importantly, your teenage will feel on cloud 9 after the experience. B/c it’s always about the journey as well as the destination, right? So the actual session is a blast, and then you get photos that Wow you in the end. Win/win! 😉
BTW, this gal’s mom was super smart – she was close by, but she never made suggestions on what her daughter should do during the shoot. That’s a tip I share with parents – teenagers are their own person, and they would rather not have their parents directing them during the shoot. (That’s what I’m there for!) Even when you are picking out clothes, bring some outfits that you like and some that they like. You’ll end up with a great mix of photos that you love, and also photos that reflect their true personality.
A few days ago I shared 6 ideas for how to display your Denver family portraits. I just have to share this one more idea:
I love how her super coolmom put together this wall collage of the portraits I made and art that her 3 yo daughter made! A perfect combo to celebrate her! Note how it looks great now, but also has room to add wall portraits from future shoots (like an all-family shoot). Thank you to my client for sending this iphone photo of their display wall.
Here is one of the photos up close, so you can get a good feel of the individual photos:
One of the hottest products right now are Wall Collections / Canvas Clusters for your Family Portraits. If you are wondering what that would look like, well you pick your favorite images, and then match them to a particular arrangement that fits your home and your space…and your personality!
Here are 3 different ideas for your Wall Collections/ Canvas Cluster Layouts.
Here is one example. It uses (8) 12 x 18″ canvas prints, and with a 1 inch gap, that’s a total wall space of 63″ x 31″. This one would work great if you have a good mix of horizontal and veritcal images you like. And, if you are someone who likes things all balanced and square. Well, technically “rectangle” in this case. This display has major WOW factor!
In this canvas cluster, there is more variety in each image’s size and the overall layout. This client has their images hanging in their beautifully-lit large foyer, so everyone who enters their home sees it first thing:
Those terms fit this client perfectly. She has a bright, modern house she designed herself. She picked her favorite images, had large canvases made, and they lean on a ledge in her stairway.
This is a great example of how to hang a wall display/cluster over a mantle. It’s balanced left to right, but has some added visual interest due to the different sizes and shapes. I don’t know if you can tell, but she even put the small squares are just a bit outside of the tall solo images of each girl. That gives it a certain “tension” that adds to the overall visual interest.
I help my clients design their wall collections to fit both their personality, their space, and also their favorite images. It’s a blast, and my favorite part is to see them after they have been hung up in their home.
Here is what it looks like when client come in for their viewing session (held 2 weeks after their photo session), and I show them samples of their images in different arrangements. Sometimes the background is photos of their own home, and sometimes we use digital rooms to gets a sense of size and place:
This client wanted to create a collage on a large wall in the master bedroom of their Fraser condo. You can see how the “mock-up” looked in a digital room, and then how the final product looked in their ski home.
A special thanks to my clients who send me photos of their display after it goes up. (In the image first mantle photo, you can see her hammer is even still in the photo! 😉 It makes me sooo happy to see my art of your family up in your home. And, a suggestion to anyone who hires a professional photographer: send them a photo of their pieces up in your wall, or of your family gathered around the album. It will really make their day!
Today’s guide is Children’s Style Guide 2017 No 3 for Girls. (I’m working on 3 style guides for boys clothes – those will come soon!)
In this case, I love the coat for the texture, and the warmth if we are doing outside portraits – but we would do some photos without the coat, or with the coat open so we can see the cute outfit underneath.
Today’s guide is Children’s Style Guide 2017 No 2 for Girls. I LOVE the pink gold metallic boots below – but it’s the pom pom shoes that I would buy for myself!
Darling accessories pair well with mini skirts in our second style guide. Just add: ballet flats with pom-pom details (seriously, how cute are these?), rose-gold metallic boots, and sweet patent chelsea boots with a crochet beret, pink fur stole, or pretty cognac purse.
Today I’m starting a new style guide series – for kids! This is my first time showcasing clothing/ style ideas for children.
Weather you have family portraits coming up, and/or if you are looking for some fresh, on-trend and, most importantly, adorbs outfits for your kiddo – these ideas can help!
Today’s guide is Children’s Style Guide 2017 No 1 for Girls –
This style guide focuses on fun textures and pops of metallic. Liven up a subdued knit with goldenrod corduroys, or black slacks with a sequined bomber. Double points for pairing in-season embroidery with fun metallic skinny jeans.
In addition to the semi-posed images where everyone is looking @ the camera, I love capturing “lifestyle” images, which are like these below – it’s a peak into your life….of course, you all happen to be wearing impeccably coordinated outfits, not a hair out of place, and it’s a lovely fall day with the soft warm light from the setting sun behind you. 😉
BTW, do you see mom’s boots! They are soooo stylish. I want to go buy myself a pair. If you follow me on IG, you’ll see that I post images of cowboy boots there from time to time. I saw so many cool ones during a photography trip to Nashville.
*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. This clever family brought the dogs’ favorite treats and just the word “cookie” made them perk up!
A boy and his favorite toys. Photos that capture your kid’s unique personality might not always include their face – this is a perfect example. I love how it captures the fun, quirky magic of childhood. Hexbug nanos are a favorite…and, I guess jingle bells? Funny backstory – he insisted on leaving the hexbugs switched on, so they kept vibrating off his leg and onto the floor….
BTW, capturing your child or family’s true spirit is one of the things that my clients most frequently mention when describing what it is like to work with me.
This one is from a Denver newborn family photography session a few months back. Don’t they look like a rockstar family?
She’s one of my favorites! And she has been a little sick recently, so I hope this cheers her up.
Mamma texted me a photo before this shoot (her fourth shoot with me, I think) and it had three shirts laying on a bed – one for her, one for her older son and one for her husband. I mistakenly thought her son was supposed to wear all three shirts layered (obvs -the photo didn’t do a great job of showing the relative sizes). I wrote back something like….”all three shirts layered? I think he will get hot.” LOL. Then she explained what she meant.
BTW, getting the clothing together for your family shoot can be stressful – but it can also be a blast! After years of doing family portraits, I know that getting the clothes together for your family shoot can be challenging- so I offer lots of prep help in different formats, to meet your own preferred style of learning. I have email/text tips, Pinterest Boards, and even a custom Studio Magazine with prep tips and suggestions for any type of photoshoot. Of course, I also offer help via phone and/or text.
Anyway, I loved this shoot. Her beautiful, stylish home was designed by her, and has the most amazing light everywhere.
Do you follow me on Instagram?
If not, please do! I’m there under “NataschaLeeStudios”.
There, I post lots of fun photos from current and past baby, family, and model shoots, a few of my art images (like the flowers below on the red deck and the yellow flowers from San Diego), and even a few BTS (behind the scenes) images.
Here is an absolute fav from a recent Denver newborn + family portrait session:
Erin (above) came for her viewing session – She told me she was so excited that she couldn’t sleep the night before. 😉 We did the shoot in her fabulous, light-filled custom designed (by her) home, but we met for the viewing session @ my studio. We opened the wine, had a few snacks and then previewed her images.
After she saw the images for the first time, she said “Oh, I love you and I hate you.” (The “love” was b/c of how fab the images were….and the”hate” was a joke, because they were so amazing that it was going to be hard to pick her favorites.)
That’s what we do @ the viewing sessions – you get to see the images, you are wowed and overwhelmed (but very happy) and then I help you select your favorites depending on what you are planning to do (wall canvas, album, gifts for others, prints for the office, digital files, etc.). It can take 1 – 2 hours to do this, but you’ll end up with your favorite images in exactly the products you want! I can even superimpose properly scaled images onto an image of your wall. Here is a sample, taken from another family’s viewing session:
I had one of my personal favs made up into a matted print as a special thank you b/c this is the fourth time I have photographed her family and I absolutely adore them all. Here is a snapshot of her with it. She loved this image so much she told me it distracted her as she drove home.
Denver Portrait photographers have two favorite things we do at the start of the new year. The 1st one is to assemble our favorite photos from that last year; I like do to mine in video form. (click here to see my “Best of 2015” Video.)
The start of the year is also a great time for us professional photographers to catch up on portrait sessions that we never got around to sharing on social media. Esp at the end of the (previous) year, it’s such a busy time that our top priority is delivering portraits to clients, and our blogs/facebook/IG feed/etc tend to get neglected. But now that it’s a new year, I’m happy to finally get to share some images that have been waiting on my computer for a while now.
This little boy is beyond adorable! We did the shoot @ a local farm, and he was dressed oh-so-right (which did not surprise me since his Mamma is very stylish). I photographed him when he was 3 months old, when he was almost 2, when he was almost 3, and he has a newborn little brother that I will be photographing very soon! I have photographed him so many times that when he saw me drive into the parking lot of this local farm, he started saying “smile! smile!” (For the record, I don’t ask kids to smile, as I want authentic emotion, and they rarely give real smiles on command, but I think “smile” the word he most associated with seeing cameras come out so it’s what came to mind. And yes, that is an impressively long run on sentence – if you have met me in person, you know that I often talk that exact way. )