Portrait Creation Process

Planning Your Portrait

As with most things in life, the planning stage is the most important part of the process.  I begin the photography creation process with an initial conversation to get to know each other and discuss the portrait you have in mind. This can be done at my Marstons Mills studio or over the phone. Together we determine the appropriate location, style, and mood of the image. Next we focus on the portrait session style and what clothing color scheme will works best in pictures. Carefully selecting clothing and accessories is essential to creating a portrait that is in harmony with your personal style and the décor of the area where the portrait will be displayed. If desired, I will come to your home and help you determine the best place to display your portrait and suggest the appropriate size and picture frame.

The Portrait Session

On the day of your portrait session, be sure to allow enough time to prepare. The length of the session will depend on the location, number of people involved and complexity of the setting. It is a good idea to bring toys or snacks to distract young children that may become restless. Some other items you may want to have on hand are optional shirt tops, a hair brush and hair clips (the beach is windy).If small children are involved, I suggest that you do not over emphasize that they are having their picture taken or ask them to “smile” for the photographer. I get the best results when I can capture a spontaneous and natural expression and we have found that the best smiles are prompted through interaction, not staged. If I need your help on keeping a happy spirit, your assistance will be appreciated.

During the creation of the photography, I set up several group combinations and will photograph each family unit separate, and also will create images of couple and kids together. This will all depend on the lighting conditions and patience of everyone at the moment! Your portrait combination requests are welcome, and I will do my best to accommodate. Spontaneity is usually the best way to work these in.


 Image Selection Process

Viewing a presentation of the best edited images from your session using state of the art digital projection, if the fun part. You will have a sneak preview at my studio, and I will assist you in selecting your favorite images. Also I can explain your options for prints sizes, paper textures, and either color or black and white photographs. I can also assist in the selection of a frame that will compliment your feature wall portrait.

It is important that everyone who is to be part of the decision making process is present at the viewing. If they are out of town, then please consider ordering a basic photo package for each family, so they will at least have gift photos to remember your special gathering. Be prepared to place your order at this time, and while I can display the images on my large screen. I do not post my photography creations on the web, because the resolution does not show the true beauty of your portraits. Also, I have found that it will be easier for you to focus on making your selection if small children are not present. However, they are always welcome. Thank you for understanding.

The Photograph Finishing Touch

The originals portrait creations you view during image selection represent only an intermediate step in the development of your portrait. Once you have chosen an image, I begin the creation of your finished portrait .Each original image that you order is expertly enhanced with color balance, brightness, sharpness, and complexion retouching. Then the image is carefully transferred to the selected medium and the appropriate finish is applied. Your portrait is coated with a protective clear finish that will preserve the quality of the image and enhance its longevity and beauty. The final product is not just a portrait; it is a true work of art. I look forward to creating a masterpiece for you!