FIVE QUICK TIPS FOR A STRESS-FREE FAMILY SHOOT!
Doing a little bit of planning can save you a bunch of hassle and hair-pulling the day of your shoot! Look over my quick tips to make for a fun and easy day for your family photoshoot!
TIP #1: COORDINATING YOUR LOOK
Planning ahead can save a lot of panic and stress. Is the clothing comfortable and attractive? Does it fit well, move well? And this might be almost the most important...are the kids loving what they are wearing? We don't want them itching, pulling at their clothes and...well, uncomfortable. Playing and having fun is our #1 goal!
Also put some thought into this question: What do your dream family photos look like? If they are soft and elegant? Solid neutral colors with flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family? Choose coordinating colors (but not matchy, matchy) with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents. Don't forget to add fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a funky twist to your images.
TIP #2: BE WELL RESTED AND WELL FED
A full belly is a happy belly, so please don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach. I meet many families who come to a photo session with dinner scheduled at the end. If this is your plan, be sure to give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot. Also, be certain not to schedule your photo session around your child’s nap or bedtime. The best time for lighting is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise. If this is a bad time for your children, please let me know. Good photographers will be able to shoot at any time of day by utilizing areas of open shade that will give your skin a beautiful hue and put a sparkle in your eyes.
TIP #3: LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO GET READY
Making sure you have plenty of time to relax and get ready before your photoshoot (see snacking and napping, above) is essential! Play music, iron that super cute outfit, strike some silly poses in the mirror. Preparing in the weeks prior can also help relieve stress the day of. Schedule haircuts approximately two weeks out. Brows and nails should be shaped up ahead of time. Dad, trim that facial hair or shave yo' face. Mom, getting a facial or doing an exfoliating treatment on your skin a few days out will ensure that makeup looks flawless. If you want to relieve the stress of makeup application, scheduling a makeup artist is always an option (just ask me-I know some amazing ones!).
TIP #4 HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FAMILY
I’ve found that often parents will tell their kids “you need to be good and smile” before a photo session. For many kids that puts too much pressure on them to “perform”. I usually prepare my parents by getting them to tell their kids this instead:
We’re going to the park to take some photos. It will be a lot of fun.
That’s it! No expectations other than fun.
Getting silly is OK. Not everyone has to be looking at the camera and smiling at the same time. Candid smiles and laughter make the BEST photos, and ones you will treasure. Don't be afraid to show me who you really are. Save the stiff posed smiles for your Aunt Fran at the family reunion. Ok...and one more thing...DADS...this is not a visit to the dentist. Kiss your wife, tickle your kids. Have a great time. You'll love the results.
TIP #5: BRING AN ACTIVITY THAT YOUR FAMILY ENJOYS DOING TOGETHER
Bring some props-books you enjoy reading, toys the kids enjoy playing with...or we can brainstorm beforehand about an activity that you enjoy doing together. Maybe it's music or golf or heck...I dunno, frisbee. Whatever it is, we can let the kids have at it for a while!
Your Senior Portraits are the IDEAL place to express your unique style, a point of view, or even just a place to have fun and live out a fantasy. It just takes a little dreaming and scheming to make your images stand out and look AMAZING.
After we book your session date, you can begin the creative process! Here are a few steps you can use to make this process fun and easy.
1. Conceptualize an idea: Preparation and Collaboration
Collect images and ideas-Pinterest
Pinterest is a great place to start. Start a “Mood Board” to collect your visual ideas.
If the digital route is not your style, go analog and use magazine clippings, bits of fabric, ribbon, and inspiration from life. Nature, photographs, etc! Anything can be inspiration! Collect your ideas on a corkboard or glue them to a poster board.
What is your personal style? Is it edgy, vintage or whimsical?
The wonderful thing about wielding a camera is that I get to take photos. The not so great thing is that I need subjects to practice on! There is a combination of features on a face that a camera loves; and cracking that code can be a mystery. It can be a shot in the dark sometimes. I know, I know...tough job right? Asking beautiful people to hang out with me and look beautiful? It's not as easy as you think! It can be uncomfortable for me, and for them. So I did ask this young woman my husband works with, and after some thought, she emailed me and said yes. And I am so glad she did! I not only had a lot of fun taking her photos.
It's Prom Season, and everyone is at the top of their game, looking sharp. One of my models Savana Fredericks asked me to come and shoot her before the big event with her friends at the historic Davenport hotel. It was a mob of flashbulbs (not! try iPhones) and some of the prettiest young people ever. And some very proud/nervous/awestruck parents...
See the whole set here: https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/113102078977524737647/albums/6142432800259599473
If you're interested in purchasing any of the images, (or booking me) just email me!
I've got an exciting announcement for Spokane/CD'A Area Juniors! I am on the search for Models to represent Kelcey Boyce Photography for the upcoming year.
This experience is a unique opportunity for those wanting to gain experience in front of a professional camera. They will gain an exclusive experience unparalleled by any other Senior Model program, with training in posing and on camera presence.
Who should apply for this opportunity? A Kelcey Boyce Photography Senior Model should be involved in his/her school and community; they should have a great personality and killer fashion sense; and should be excited to tell all of their friends about the Senior Portrait opportunity!
If this sounds like a perfect fit for you, email me a couple photos of yourself, or follow me on Instagram and comment on the Senior Model post. Tell me your favorite fashion trend this season and why you would make a fantastic model!
The creative process for this shoot really started with the lake property at Driftwood Point. This rustic wooded lake property on beautiful Lake C'DA in Idaho has a very modern Pacific NW feel. I just loved the idea of the handsome lumberjack sort of look that has been very trendy right now for men in a wedding. How rugged and sexy! I loved brainstorming what kind of bride this man would wed...a woodnymph-a romantic, beautiful girl. The flowers would be lush and bright with fern and succulents, the staging romantic and glam combined with rustic elements. We incorporated driftwood and some of the pink rocks from the lakeshore on the cake (trimmed with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt!). I absolutely loved how everything came together. I had an amazing team: Florals by Dragon Floral Design; MUA Julie Farley at The Make-up Studio; Hair by MattieKay Tull for House of POp; Jewelry by Pounder's Jewelry; Menswear by Jos A Banks; Gown by Bridal Collections; Cake by Batch Bakeshop; Paper by Mango Ink; Rentals by A to Z Rentals and The Attic Vintage Rentals; models Savana Fredericks and Sam Ouimet.
Can I just say I have the coolest job ever? I dream up a photoshoot, hustle around, make a million phone calls, plead with people to help, send a bunch of emails, pin a bunch of photos on Pinterest, drink a lot of coffee, think a lot...and sweat and haul around my equipment. But then...it's just so cool! I dreamed up this concept, made it happen, shot it and someone else liked it too! Thank you Apple Brides for publishing little ol' me! Feels good. So grateful to all of the vendors who helped me out: Veda Lux-Summer Hightower; Julie Farley-The Make-up Studio; Rose and Blossom Floral; and of course Emily Erickson, Model.
I shot these photos with the AMAZING model, Emily Erickson-who I had been admiring for a while and was thrilled to bits when she agreed to model for me. When the team of talented folks all said yes to me on this silly vision of mine? Well, I could hardly wait to get clicking. When can we do more?
This bride loves indie music festivals, mixing vintage with modern, and being a bit bold when it comes to her wedding style. She is a cashmere kitten in high-heeled boots. She is a viking princess. Strong, beautiful and ready to write her own lyrics.
Model: Emily Erickson
Styling: Summer Hightower Wardrobe: Veda Lux
Boutique Designer Accessories: Summer Hightower/Veda Lux Boutique
MUA: Julie Farley, Make-up Studio
Hair: Douglas McCoy, House of POp
Flowers: Rose and Blossom
Hosted on a beautiful evening full of light just after a fresh rain, Joe and Dezi's rehearsal dinner was a sweet and intimate family gathering. There was so much love and care put into every detail of the event, hosted at the bride's parents Victorian home set back in the woods. Wine flowed along with lively conversation, and dinner was held on the wrap-around porch overlooking the grounds.
Sweet four-month-old Nicoya and her mama Brandi made the prettiest pair in this natural light shoot at their home. We had a lot of fun experimenting with some glitter on the tootsies, and getting lots of smiles out of Nicoya (except when we put clothes on her-LOL!). It's enough to make me want another one...almost.:)
Taking photos is just one of the ways I can express my creativity and appreciation for unique beauty. I am a visual person, and I truly enjoy opening my eyes and capturing life. It is all art, and I revel in its creation. This is where I post my inspirations, ideas and overall brainstorms that fuel my creativity.
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