I often am asked how I got everyone looking so perfect for their portrait. I wanted to give you a good visual of all the things that go into our beautiful wall art.
After your session I go through and personally narrow it down to the best of the best. No need for you to try to figure out from 2 similar poses which expression you prefer on little Billy. And look, your husband's eyes are closed on the one you love of little Amy. I will be sure every image you see looks amazing. I go through all the images in each series and use the best expression of each person to make one great image!
Once I have selected the best one I go to work perfecting every detail. Color correction, exposure tweaking, extra saturation, softening, blending and smoothing skin tone are all standard.
I also love to really make an image pop with things like enhancing the sky and clouds and making everyone look their best. Wish you were 10 pounds lighter? Done!
I truly believe my love for my profession shows in every image. What do you think?
The type of session I am shooting determines what I will bring. My most popular sessions are for families so I will give you an idea.
I bring some portable chairs and stools for posing. If it's indoors I bring backgrounds and professional lighting too. If there are small children I like to bring some things to engage them like feathers for tickling. They seem to love that! I make sure to have reviewed your 'Portrait Session Booking Form' so I know names and good info about all of you. I like to be as prepared as possible for your session!
I occasionally bring candy and/or treats to a session for the little ones because a little bribery can win a LOT of smiles!
For a child session I will bring more chairs and props and for newborns I bring all types of baskets and things to put them in as well as hats, diaper covers, ect. I love to work with my clients for a custom look. If dad is a painter, perhaps we will have a newborn session with paint cans and brushes.
The more original and creative my families are with ideas the better their session will be. Session planning with your photographer makes it so much more fun!
A year or so ago I was posting client images online for them to pick and order. I had several clients tell me they wanted to have my advice and help when ordering their images so I began doing in person order appointments. It has been SO fun! I show a slideshow set to music with all images and then we go through all the original 5x7 prints. Most people sort them into a 'yes' 'no' and 'maybe' pile. From there we decide on wall art images and sizing and then gift portraits for friends and family.
My clients have really been happy to have me there to share input on favorite images and what sizes are the best fit for their space. It's so much easier when I can show you what a 20x24 looks like on your wall than trying to imagine it. Also, it's hard to know everything I can offer you without getting together to talk. One family really wanted some greenery filled in to hide an object in the background and I was able to give them some ideas of what I could do.
This approach has made it so much easier for my clients to pick what they want and get their order exactly what they imagined. I love to help with every step of the process and it's what makes Blissful Images different from other photographers. We love to offer the full service experience!
Once we have the order I can come back with frames to pick the perfect one for your decor and then I take your print to the framer and deliver it back to you ready to hang!
Jenni Williams Photography is a Certified Professional Family Portrait Photographer in Peoria, Illinois specializing in preserving your family's memories in photographic prints and wall art.