Kimberly brought the family in for a family portrait. Like most everything, I now shoot it on green screen. We didn’t discuss much about the background, so I picked a scene from a recent trip to Colorado that I thought would be appropriate from our conversation during the session. Kimberly looked at the result, and said, “Wow, I love it. I want it. But I was hoping for a Christmas theme.” No problem! Find a Christmas image, drop it in PhotoKey and voila’ – instant Christmas photograph.
I have been meaning to add this one to the blog for awhile.
The Musgraves contacted me about photographing their family portrait. This is a large, extended family with children and grand children. They had picked a specific time and told everybody to be here. But like all large family portraits, there is always someone who can’t make it – no matter how far in advance you schedule things. Fortunately we knew this when I photographed the large group and left room for the people we would add later. I would photograph the two members that were absent a couple of weeks later, and thanks to digital technology, added them in for a complete family portrait.
Leon and Nell came to me for their 50th Anniversary portrait. It is always fun and an honor to create a portrait of a couple who has spent the majority of their lives together. We had a nice time talking and getting to know each other. They were a delight to work with and it was an privilege to create a portrait that I know will be around for at least another 50 years.
Many of you may recognize Buck and Greg Lucy. They run the farm supply store here in Purcell.
They brought the whole gang in around Christmas time for this wonderful studio family portrait.
This is another example of our family composite. Ever since we started offering these for our families, they have been flying out the door.
In 25 years of professional photography, I have never had the opportunity to photograph a 5 generational portrait before. This was quite an event, not only for myself, but for the family as well.
I traveled out to the house of one of the grandchildren near Maysville, we moved everything out of the dining room, so I could set up my background and lights and I stood in the kitchen. Tight quarters, but we made it work.
After I was set up, we brought in eldest two members of the family and set them in the chairs for the portraits. Grandma instinctively reached over and held grandpa’s hand. I was touched. Both over 90 years of age and married for over 70 years, they still held hands. And they held hands during the whole session.
Gone are the days when the family would come into the downtown studio for a family portrait and purchase a print to hang on their wall. Families today are looking for something different – something more contemporary, something more modern.
This creative composite of the Wayland family will hang as a gallery wrap in their home. Gallery wraps – for those who may not be familiar with the term – are printed on canvas and then stretched on a canvas stretcher frame with part of the image wrapping around the side of the stretcher frame. It doesn’t need a frame and is ready to hang on the wall. It’s contemporary and looks great in about every living room.
The creative composite allows multiple images to combine into a single composite, removing the need for multiple frames of individual family members. It’s a wonderful way to have the family all together in one place.