You’ve been preparing for months! You booked a portrait session, you planned the outfits for your entire family, you had your portrait session and now you are super excited about seeing your images! Now what? What is your plan for those images?
If you’re like many people, you know it’s time for updated pictures of you and your family. You don’t want to miss those milestones and you value portraits – you love having professional images taken that wow you every time you look at them. But in this modern age, what do you do with the images?
Many people hire a photographer and just want digitals. But why? So they can sit in a drawer or a safe on a USB? What’s the point of that? The purpose of an image is to view it – to look at it and remember, to feel, to enjoy.
When I was a child, we had so many picture albums! My siblings and I used to sit together, looking through them, asking our parents about people in the pictures, listening to the stories of those people, or the stories of us. Those pictures opened the door for those stories. How many of you are giving your own children that experience?
In the days of film, there was only one way to see your pictures: you printed them. And once printed, they needed to be stored. Hence, the album. But folks, it’s not too late! And albums have come a long way! Albums are but one of the many ways of seeing your images.
My favorite way to view images is by making them into wall art. I LOVE providing my clients with beautifully matted, framed images of their families. I love knowing that they will see that image every time they walk into the room. As your children grow older, you will see them as they were in that moment. And you’ll have memories. And you’ll share those memories as they occur.
“You see that picture, Sarah? You used to love it when Daddy and I would swing you by the arms! You used to laugh so hard and we couldn’t get you put your feet down…” “Do you see that picture, Justin? You used to run so hard into my arms that it would knock the wind out of my chest! I can’t believe you are bigger than me now…” Yes, memories.
Frame your memories. Store them in plain sight. Enjoy them again, and again, and again…
You want gorgeous images on your wall. You want to look up and see the people you love – smiling, laughing… that moment captured. So you call your photographer and schedule a portrait session. And then you start worrying that things may not go well… after all, little Jimmy is a handful and you’re not sure he’s going to listen when you try to get him to smile. And you know how Chelsea gets when she’s hungry… And you wonder if you’ll have that portrait you’ve envisioned.
The good news is that there are things you can do to ensure everything goes smoothly! Here are the five things that you can do to help:
"Lori is an exceptional photographer, and was my first choice for capturing images of my son for his senior pictures!! She made him feel at ease immediately, traveled to the locations he was interested in, and captured who he is perfectly!" ~ Tonia R.
Lori Stead is a fine art portrait photographer in Corpus Christi, TX. She enjoys creating maternity, newborn, seniors, couples, family, children, and boudoir portraits. She is also a wife, mother of four, and adventurer.