Last year with the onset of Covid 19 we took to the streets of local neighborhoods in what we called our #SpreadLoveNotGerms Porch-rait Project! We had a blast visiting families for a quick photo that depicted life during this strange time of isolation and PPE.
There was no fee to participate and upon completion of the Photo Tour, families had an opportunity to view and purchase any of the images produced.
The project proved to be heartwarming for all of us having provided a moment for families to get out of their daily jammies and take advantage of the fact that everyone was in the same place at the same time! A feat so many struggle to arrange with family portraits under normal circumstances.
A Word from the Project Launch:
"During these challenging times, we are all trying to find a balance. My local #SpreadLoveNotGerms Porchrait Project started with an inspiration from fellow photographers finding ways to share smiles with the world despite various trying situations.
I wanted to be a part of putting something good and happy back into the world and families from many neighborhoods have jumped at the chance to participate!
The experience has been so heartwarming! Thank you to all of the participating families! Your smiles are creating more smiles throughout the community!"
Check out all of our awesome participants here!
Covid-19 has affected families and communities in many ways. Organizations like the American Legion Auxiliary have not been able to conduct normal fundraising efforts that they rely upon to fulfill their mission of helping veterans. In this American Hearts Porchrait Photo Tour we unite as a community to make a positive impact while paying tribute to our country's military and their families who have sacrificed to protect our freedom.
Check out the images here!
Here we are about to end another school year for the kids and begin what I hope will be a fun filled family summer for all of us. You may have gotten the usual school picture this year, which have come leaps and bounds from when I was a kid, I have to say!! Maybe you opted out, though, with the thought in mind that you would get a nice family session or milestone portrait session this year. Maybe you've even got a graduating senior and you just never found the time to nail down that senior session to commemorate the occasion.
Now you're feeling like it's too late. This time of year is hectic and with sports and graduations and subsequent parties, vacation planning, summer camps and the ever growing list of responsibilities we have...you think you just have to give up on the idea of a great portrait. After all, planning ahead has been hard and lining something up last minute would likely prove impossible, right?
BUT...why not just try? It never hurts to try!
I can only speak for myself here, but as a mom and in my day to day, I tend to be somewhat last minute for these kinds of things so I understand how time just gets away from you even when you have the best intentions.
As a photographer, I do set appointments and dates ahead of time, but I also try to keep myself somewhat flexible because I think there are others out there, just like "mom-me", who just find some time and want to grab an opportunity without having planned months in advance.
So maybe you put off that portrait...grab that next chance, call your local photographer and capture that moment before it's gone!
Planning. There are things in life that you typically plan out. In many cases, planning streamlines an event or process, right? Preparation and planning are great…except when they’re not. Sometimes the best laid plan and intricate preparation creates a barrier between what you are experiencing and your enjoyment of said experience.
Think of the last time you decided to have a family portrait taken. What did you wear? What did your kids wear? What was the schedule like? Did your two year melt down on the way? (- it happens to all of us!) Did your teenager slouch and grimace at the idea of posing for anything other than a selfie? Did your spouse protest? Did you end up leaving your sitting wondering how any of the photos were going to be possible to turn into a beautiful canvas wrap for the living room wall…or feature on the family Christmas card this year??
I hope you haven’t had to muddle through a family photo session stressed and doing your best acting not to show it, but the reality is that we’ve all been there! A family photo can be so daunting to orchestrate that some opt out of ever making them a priority. Don’t let that be you.
The photographer in me should tell you to plan. I should, and will, encourage some idea of color theme or setting and I will answer any questions that I can to help you find a suitable direction. Beyond that, photographer mom in me will tell you, from experience, to relax and let things come together. Pick a date and time, show up and have some fun together! Sometimes the best photos come out of the most ridiculous moments!
Private photography sessions are the best for letting your family shine. Your youngest might cry (a picture you’ll cherish one day!) Your oldest might not smile (maybe smiling just isn’t his/her thing, a picture doesn’t always have to be cheesin’). You might have a blemish from stress over weeks of planning for this moment (don’t worry, I can fix that). My point is, get the family photo. Don’t regret that you didn’t years from now when your little family has grown and started little nano-families of their own.
There are so many more options for affordable and unique photography sessions now than there has ever been! No longer do we live in a world where the only choice you have is to walk into a stuffy studio for a few minutes where you’ll be swiftly shuffled into one or two poses with only a few backdrops to change for alternating shades of neutral. Now you’ve got boutique studios and mobile studios for in home operations and outdoor locations as far as the mind can reach with photographers that are not just doing a job, but love what they specialize in! And we want you to love it too. Your family photo isn’t just a family photo anymore. It’s art. It’s not just a group of people sitting together. It’s an experience and it’s personal. No matter the rhyme or reason, nor the weather or season … your portraits can be a stress free and -dare I say- “fun” experience -so take the time to invest in capturing those memories.