6 ideas for Wall Collections / Canvas Cluster Family Portraits

6 ideas for Wall Collections / Canvas Cluster Family Portraits

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.

#1:   Lots of wall space and you like things uniform:

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!

Wall Collection Canvas Cluster - Denver Family Photographer

2. Lots of space, but you like things a bit more creative.

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:

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#3 – Simple, modern and elegant.

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.

Canvas Cluster Wall Display Idea for Denver Family Photos

#5 – Over the mantle A

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.

4 display ideas for family portraits

#5 – Over the mantle B (Plus, insight into how we design something you will love, and that will fit your space.)

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:

5 ideas on how to display your denver family photography

#6 – Above a king bed, with a high ceiling

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.

6 display ideas for winter park family portraits

6 ideas to display your winter park family photos

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!

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Sisters – Denver Children’s and Family Photography

Sisters – Denver Children’s and Family Photography

Sisters

I love photographing sisters. There is something so special about their connection. These images are from a shoot a while back, I just didn’t get around to blogging them until now.

Sisters - Denver Family Photography

I love how the mother styled everyone, and the pop of red in her scarf.

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See how I also photographed just mom and dad? That’s super important – to capture and honor all the unique connections and relationships within a family.

I also love how the golden fall leaves create a visual frame around them:

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I love taking photos of families reading their favorite book. It’s something that will always be meaningful to them (“remember how you used to love that Dr Suess book?”), and it gives us very natural expressions from everyone, as they focus on the book, each other, and (almost) forget I’m there.

Denver Family Photography -Book lovers

Denver Family Photography

 

Client Story  – Broomfield Family Portraits – Fabulous Fall Portraiture

Client Story – Broomfield Family Portraits – Fabulous Fall Portraiture

I’m super excited to share this Client Story behind some Broomfield Fall Portraits with you! (Yes, I know it’s well past fall into winter now – but I just didn’t get a chance to share this story or these images before. It’s the December break that gave me time to  pull all this together. Better late than never, right?  😉

Jade is a local Broomfield mother, and the owner and chef behind Jades Kitchen (Delicious food made with love.) It’s such a treat to get to order healthy, delicious homemade food for your family! And of course, it’s a bonus that you get to support a local mother-owned business. Well, perhaps the biggest bonus is that you don’t have to shop or cook or clean – it’s all done for you. LOVE that!

Jade had me do her family portraits and we had so much fun with her sweet calm family. Seriously, the most mellow, calm daughters ever! I wish I could bottle that and release it at my own house from time to time.

BTW, she also had me do Headshots with Personality(sm)  to create an image bank (a full suite of marketing photos) for her business, website and marketing materials (more on that later!)

For today, I’m sharing  her images from her beautiful Premium Family Portrait album, starting with the cover and the back. I think it’s great to see what a finished product looks like. Esp if you aren’t so much the video type, and you prefer to look @ “still images.”

One thing people often notice (and appreciate) is that I take a variety of photos that capture each of the unique relationships within your family: you and your spouse, your spouse and the kids, you and the kids, you and each kid individually, the kids together, the kids alone, etc.

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I’m so excited to share these beautiful images with you.

  1. Tell us a little bit about you and your family?

I love my family. As a family we love the big and little things – taking a road trip to a new part of Colorado that we haven’t seen before, hiking in Boulder, playing board games and UNO, watching movies, eating ice cream at our favorite local spot – Sweet Cow, traveling to new places – two years ago we rented a house at the beach in Oregon (favorite vacation so far), eating dinner at Happy Sumo

For myself, I love to be alone in my free time. It gives me time to think and re-energize. If I feel indulgent, I will curl up on the couch and read my book, or watch a movie. I do love coffee dates with friends, but I always have to make sure I carve out some time just for me.

The one thing I have always dreamed of doing…is an African Safari. It would be spectacular and frightening at the same time to see all those wild animals!

  1. What made you decide this was the time to do a family photo session?

Jillian, my first baby, was starting middle school, and Ella, my second baby, was about to turn 8. It was the perfect time to capture them, ages 7 & 10. I will always remember them in these photos – still believing in Santa Clause and the tooth fairy.

  1.  Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?

I wasn’t worried about a thing! Natascha is so professional and did such a great job at preparing us so we had an idea of what to expect.

  1. What made you choose Natascha Lee Studios?

I had seen a marketing brochure for her business, and the photos were absolutely stunning.

  1. How did the actual  photo session go? What was your favorite part of your session?

The photo session was everything I hoped it would be! She did such an amazing job capturing the girls in the sweetest of moments. I love how authentic our pictures are, even when we are “posing.”

My favorite part of the session was watching Jorin, my husband, with the girls, and the girls tickling him on Natascha’s cue. He loves his girls so much.

  1. How about the viewing session? – What did you think or feel when you saw your gallery of images? What did your husband think?

Oh my goodness! I laughed when she offered me a tissue (Note from Natascha: I often say that “I make moms cry, because a lot of the time a mom will get teary-eyed when viewing her family’s photos for the first time). And then the slide show of my family portraits started, and I started to cry tears of love and joy.

Needless to say, the viewing session was very special. for all of us. Natascha is a true professional, making her clients (including the little ones) feel comfortable, and making the session incredibly special, with lots of laughter in between.

  1. What do you hope your children will say/feel/think years down the road when looking at these images?

That they were little, and sweet, and innocent, and believed in Santa Clause… Most importantly, that we are a close family and we love each other so much.

  1. Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?

I would honestly say to them: “Natascha is so talented, and does an amazing job at capturing the moment. She listens to your vision, and then perfects it on a whole new level. Her attention to detail is represented in her work. You can trust that your pictures will be perfect.”

  1. How did you feel/what did you think when received your final order/had your products delivered?

Absolute amazement. And we received so many compliments!

I especially appreciate all the details – from the pictures being wrapped in beautiful boxes with ribbon, the homemade tray holding our pictures, to the custom wooden USB – the presentation was beautiful.

Thank you Jade! It was my pleasure to create your family portraits!

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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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Fraser Winter Park Family Portraits

Fraser Winter Park Family Portraits

Winter Park Family Portraits:

Fraser Family Portraits Outdoors by Natascha Lee Studios

I’m so excited to share these beautiful images with you. They were taken last summer in Fraser near Winter Park, of this fabulous, photogenic and VERY outdoorsy family.  Seriously, who goes CAMPING with a 5 and 2 year old? I’m impressed!

  1. Tell us a little bit about your family?

There are four of us – I’m Sara, and I teach at an arts school. My husband Josh is in technical sales, my daughter Haliey is 5 and my son Sasha is 2.

We love to spend time outside, year round – backpacking, hiking, and skiing. Yes, we really do camp with young children but we have tricks. Like, we hike @ East Meadow in RMNP. My husband goes up to the site with one backpack while I take the kids for ice cream, then he comes back and we all hike in, and he is wearing baby Sasha on the baby backpack.

No, you don’t get a lot of sleep when camping w/young kids, but there are so many other amazing experiences about backpacking.

  1. What made you decide this was the time to do a photo session?

We had just bought our mountain condo, and wanted to mark this special occasion, to memorialize this time in our lives. Also, the kids were just so adorable – I wanted to capture both their adorableness now!

Plus, I wasn’t getting any younger! 😉

  1. You did a “Super Session”, which is offered for families buying images for two or more distinct homes.

Yes, I was excited for the variety that the Super Session offers.

It was intimidating to gather outfits for two different sessions but in the end I loved it. It gave us a variety of images and it really worked well for our young kids because they got a nice break between sessions while they changed clothes, got something to drink etc.

I also liked the different light between the first session when the sun was first coming up around 6am, and the and second session an hour later. Even though the sessions were back to back, there was quite a difference in the light.

  1.  Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?

The kids behavior!  Because my daughter can be difficult and my son, well he is two.

I was also nervous about getting the clothes together.  But Natascha gave me great prep tips, and the “what to wear” links helped.

  1. What made you choose Natascha Lee Studios?

I saw your images on your website, and they matched what I had in mind – very natural, and not staged or posed.

  1. How did the actual  photo session go?

It went great. I loved that Natascha came to us, to my favorite spot in Fraser.

And everyone (even my husband) was engaged the entire time. I think it was Natascha’s enthusiasm that got everyone involved. And she kept things moving – we tried lots of different poses, locations, etc.

I was amazed at how well the kids responded to the bribe of a single Smartie candy – not even the whole roll, just a single candy.

(Photographers note: this is my top secret helper. I never bring it out until I have exhausted all the other options, but it works great and it doesn’t leave any stains on hands or faces or clothes…that way that chocolate might.)

  1. How about the viewing session? – What did you think or feel when you saw your gallery of images? What did your husband think?

It was overwhelming because there were so many great images. It was great to see them all, very professional presented on the large TV. The viewing session experience did justice to the images.

  1. What do you hope your children will say/feel/think years down the road when looking at these images?

These will be great keepsakes. I hope my kids realized remember how cute they were! And I’m excited to give these as Xmas gifts.

  1. Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?

Really follow N’s tip advice. She knew that clothes and kid’s behavior were the two top concerns everyone has. She said to dress Mom first and I didn’t do that – I dressed the kids first. It all worked out, but I wish I had dressed myself first. When selecting for the kids first, that then limited my choices.

Also, be sure to allow 2 hours for your viewing session, so you can take time to select your favorite images.

If you have a location that is special to you, spend the extra money to have your photos taken at that location – you will love the photos that much more.

Get images now, while your kids are still so cute! And while you are the age you are now. As I said before, we aren’t getting any younger!

  1. How did you feel/what did you think when received your final order/had your products delivered? What did your husband think?

LOVED it.  Everyone who sees them says “Wow, you guys look so good.”

 

Winter Park Family Photos Outside by Natascha Lee Studios

Winter Park Family Photographer

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