CAPTURING THEIR LEGACY
"I JUST WANT ONE GOOD PHOTO of US ALL TOGETHER ... "
Your parents are so proud of the legacy you have helped to create. They love you, they love their grand children and know that it's hard to get everyone together. But if they could just have the one picture with everyone together, it would make them so happy.
GOOD NEWS! I GET THE SHOT **AND** IT'S PAINLESS!
Listen - no one wants to stand in the middle of a field in fancy clothes for very long! Especially kids! When we work together - I know the minute the first family arrives, we are on a countdown clock before everyone starts to expire. The first 5 minutes are everything - and I plan it down to the second because like your folks - I want that one shot where everyone is genuinely smiling too. It's kinda like a badge of honor. And I have a perfect track record so far. =)
STYLING, PLANNING and SHOOTING
When you give me your family tree - we talk about who's shy, who's smiley, who's tall, who's short - and I make a seating chart and shot plan before you even get there. ... Because let's be honest - it's all about looking good and printing that 11x14 =). Then we talk about outfits. Most families choose "Nature's Neutrals" of blue, lavender, green, white, brown. I always encourage a pop of color like coral or yellow too. Then we start with the entire group then like swift precision, move through all the pictures involving kids before they're over it. Unlike more laid back lifestyle shoots - multi-generational shoots always cater to the youngest or least enthusiastic common denominator. It's fast, focused and intent on one great shot of each person or combination of people and then we move on. Like laser precision. Hey, I even bring the seating - all you have to do is bring your smiling happy selves!
Since you guys are all together, I always want to be able to capture as much as possible. Here's a list of the 10 Core Group Shots plus Couples and Individuals, as well as any other Special Combinations you request. We can adjust certain packages based on the exact group/individual shots you want from the shoot. And believe it or not - this all takes only 45 - 75 minutes depending how many and what sized families there are.
"All I Want" Essentials
Grandparents + Grandchildren
All the Grandchildren alone
Grandparents + Adult Children
Each Adult Child with Grandparents
"I'd Love to Have"
Grandparents + Each Family
Grandparents + Each Set of Grandchildren by Family
All the Females
All the Males
Each Family Alone
Sets of Grandchildren Alone by Family
Each Grandchild alone
Each Parent Couple Alone Together
Other Combinations as Requested
WHERE DO WE SHOOT?
INSIDE OR OUTSIDE? RAIN OR SHINE? BUT IT'S WINTER!
For large groups, the intent is to create a simple, visually pleasing group shot clustered as close as possible so we can see all of your happy faces. This is a fancy way of saying - the goal is to arrange y'all so you fit perfectly into an 8x10, 11x14 or 16x20 shape =). You get the idea! Because we want to see your happy faces, we usually wind up cropping most of the scenery out in the final version anyway. Things that affect where we shoot - especially because there are so many of you is: where the sun is pointing at which time of day; how close we are to the background (the further the better); and of course time of year and weather. If we are outside, I bring stools and crates - but there are a few fabulous natural light, white, lifestyle-look indoor studios on the Westside we can rent if you want to ensure the date doesn't change and weather doesn't impact the shoot and we'd split the cost.
PS: There's NO CRYING in BASEBALL and
there's NO REWARD TAKE-BACKS in PHOTOSHOOTS =)
I recently did our own family photos and despite my best efforts ... I was 100% "Photoshoot" Mom. I was edgy, praying the dog would hold out, desperately wanting this one time out to be a winner, and exasperated at my kid for squirreling around. I GET IT!!! But I always tell families - go heavy on the incentive, steady feed candy if we have to and deal with whatever the aftermath is after it's over. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!
COORDINATING SCHEDULES is TRICKY - LET'S PICK a DATE!
Multi-Generational Packages are based on the complexity of capturing the "All I Want" Essentials plus the "I'd Love to Have's". Pricing matches up with the current Portrait Package Pricing.
Grandparents + 1 or 2 Families = The Just Right
Grandparents + 3 Families = The Portfolio
Grandparents + 4 or more Families = The Storyteller
If you prefer to keep it concise and focus just the "All I Want" Essentials,
the base mini-rate is $280 for 1 Family, then $50 per additional family
Keep your Edited Proofs then choose 3 Images for Retouching/Face Swap
plus 10% Print Savings
See You Soon!!