Utah Family Photographer
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OK. So when it comes to Family Photography I get asked a lot about how my pricing works, what you get with my family photo sessions, etc. Many people don’t realize the HOURS I spend on my shoots, all photographers spend different amounts of time on their shoots and photos and have different levels of experience. Many of the photos I see on the internet are not edited, or retouched, maybe a quick “contrast boost” click and that’s it, this is fine, however very different than what I do so the pricing is different.
Often most of my clients are people that have knowledge about photography, if you don’t know or can’t tell the difference between good photos and average, then you wouldn’t understand how I charge for the photos perhaps. My family sessions are not simply going somewhere for 20 minutes and clicking a couple of photos. This particular family ended up with a thousand proofs, BECAUSE to get TRUE candid photos, you can’t stage the photo quickly. Sometimes the first 20-30 minutes of a shoot we are getting to know each other, laughing and I’m casually clicking my camera. Every family is usually a little stiff and uncomfortable at first, typically the parents have just been yelling at their kids to behave in the car, etc. ;) So it’s important to get them warmed up.
So some things to think about is not only are you paying for a photographer that has the skills to take photos from the right angles with the right lighting and exposure but also a photographer that knows how to get a family to relax and interact, it is actually pretty difficult and not everyone can do it. Plus remember the hours that are spent afterward having an eye to choose the best photos and then editing them to perfection and then there’s Photoshop – which really differentiates photographers. Last year I edited out a little girl’s wet jeans on 20 photos because she had a potty accident and we were not near a bathroom… :) It’s not as easy as it looks, and no matter how good you get, it’s still time consuming. You can’t just “color” over the jeans that are wet, you need to keep the same textures, etc.
I have thought over and over and over, talked to my husband and tried to come up with a “mini family session” or something, but what happens is it somehow just turns into a regular one, because I am still spending the time setting up my studio or driving around looking for outdoor locations, either way there is much time spent before the shoot has even happened. And then I usually end up getting so many great shots and then well… I just can’t leave great photos unedited – I just can’t help myself.
While looking at these photos, see if you can notice the candid shots, lighting, posing variety, angles, creativity, the post editing, the brightness of their eyes, the lack of shadows all over their faces, etc. Okay, so enough about that – I mean this is my blog, so thought it would be a good idea to educate any people out there that don’t understand the difference between photographers, pricing, etc. ;) And there are MANY AMAZING photographers out there, I’m not saying that there aren’t.
Okay now for this family…
I love family photos in an orchard, I normally don’t like “formal” clothing for family photos, but when the mom wanted to do it I knew she could pull it off. I want to know colors, clothing, accessories before any shoot, that is part of the consultation call that I do to give tips and help develop the location/concept, props, etc.
This family’s oldest son is getting ready to leave on an LDS Mission for 2 years and so I highlighted him and did some “mission photos” as well. For those of you reading this that don’t know much about the LDS religion, all young men at the age of 19 are encouraged to serve a 2 year mission, they fill out paperwork and then wait to hear where they will be going!
And YES, I am obsessed with sun flare.
click below to see the family photos from this session…
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