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Family Portraits with Older Children

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As much as I love photographing newborns and small children, there is something about the bond between older siblings and their parents that really catches my eye. I love capturing special moments between family members who have grown up together and shared so much. Whether you are a parent with older kids or an adult with grown-up siblings, consider booking a photo shoot to capture these memories while you can. These types of sessions are also ideal for those with relatives coming in to visit from out of town or overseas. Here are a few ideas for your session:

How to Get a Stubborn Sibling to Smile

If one of your siblings grew up camera-shy, the chances are that he or she stayed that way! The key to capturing natural, happy smiles is making everyone feel comfortable and at ease. That way, even the people most reluctant to partake in a photo shoot will be more focused on the time spent together, and less on the camera. I use a flexible and friendly approach to help everyone engage in the process without feeling as though they are put on display.

For example, clients have mentioned previous photo session experiences where they were told to dress up, jump around, or act like they were having fun. I would rather you feel relaxed and comfortable, not forced into anything. Finally, your photographer should show that he or she cares about each of your family members. Understanding the dynamics and relationships of families can help the photographer encourage natural smiles and capture the best moments on film.

Consider Including Grandchildren

gilmour kidsA family portrait with older children may include parents, grandparents, and even grandchildren. If one or more of your siblings has kids, you can decide whether to include them in a few shots. I am also happy to do a mix of shots, including adult siblings alone with their parents, each sibling alone with the parents, and a portrait of each smaller family group. In fact, I have coordinated a photo shoot for a family of over 20 before! If you want to include little ones who may tire out quickly or lose attention, I will help keep the session short and fun.

Alleviate Fears about Time, and Ask for Guidance if Needed

Perhaps you decided that booking a photo shoot was a good idea, only to hesitate at the amount of perceived work involved. In reality, planning a shoot is a very streamlined process, from booking the session to receiving your final prints. Coordinate potential dates with your family, and reassure them that it will not be a drawn-out or time-consuming process. In terms of communication, I am extremely responsive and will quickly follow up on any of your questions via telephone or email.

Plus, the session itself does not have to be hours long to capture great shots, and I will provide plenty of information and tips beforehand to help you prepare. During the session, I will guide poses and use a variety of settings to get the best shots. You can then review image choices in conjunction with me or at home, on your own time. Finally, I can also offer advice on portrait sizing, framing, and arrangements. Family portraits with older children are a great way to capture memories and celebrate your life together. Contact me for more information about booking a session. I look forward to working with you!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Discovering Damaged Portraits: How I Saved a Family Photo

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I was recently at my mother’s house in the country, and I found a huge box full of photographs. Luckily, it was a plastic box with a plastic lid, so we can assume that most of the creepy-crawly things out in the country might not have gotten into the box to make a mess and chew on the precious images. But while I was there, I went through all of the photographs and discovered a beautiful portrait of mum’s five kids, my siblings and I. Unfortunately, the family photo had not been framed properly, so it did not have a mat board between the image and the glass. The mat board is essential to keep the glass off of the image and protect it over time.

What I picked up was just the photograph and the glass, and the image was stuck to the glass. The worst part about the discovery, however, is that the portrait had fallen off the wall at some point and smashed into lots of pieces, as you can see. There were numerous, shattered pieces of glass stuck to the emulsion of the photograph. The emulsion is the light-sensitive coating on photographs, and if it is peeled away then the image can be completely lost. In this case, the glass was both shattered and stuck to the photograph, and beginning to peel away the valuable emulsion.

Step One: Determining What to Do

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This is the condition of the print when I found it.

I was determined to save the image if I could, because it is a beautiful picture and a lovely memory. However, simply pulling at the glass would have ripped off the emulsion and completely ruined the image. Plus, the glass was quite sharp, broken apart, and sticking onto the print and cutting it. Since the emulsion was stuck to the glass, I had to find a way to release the adhesiveness without ruining the faces in the photograph. I filled a small tub with pure, filtered water, because it is softer and has fewer impurities than tap water and would not damage the emulsion.

Step Two: Patiently Waiting for Results

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Here’s a close up of the damage.

The process of letting the family photo soak took about a week, as the water slowly worked its way under the glass. With this method, I hoped I could get the glass off of the emulsion without that thin coating actually peeling off the photograph itself. This part of the process was really quite distressing, because the glass was stuck to many of the faces. Three of our faces were not too bad; however, my face down on the left end, and that of my baby brother Daniel, were both completely stuck to the glass.
I continued to soak the image, and every day I would have a look and see if anything was beginning to lift. The secret to doing this is being very patient and not trying to force anything. If you try something similar, do not rip or pull at the glass. Instead, just let it sit and let the water work to get under the glass. Slowly but surely, I noticed that some of the shards of glass were coming up, lifting off the face on the bottom left and my face. Each day, more and more small shards could be removed, and after three days I realized that I could save all of the faces and that they were going to be okay.

Step Three: Removing the Rest of the Glass and Surveying the Damage

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Tentative steps…the first piece of glass removed.

Saving the faces in the family photo was the most important part, but there were a few other spots where I knew the glass was severely stuck.

 

 

 

 

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Big relief, I managed to save my face from the broken glass

You can see this in the images, including the bottom left corner where my arms were around my brother. After several days of being patient and occasionally, very gently moving the photograph around to try and get the water under the glass, I managed to lift it all off. Peeling it off was a slow, painstaking process with plenty of trial and error, but it was successful for the most part.

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It’s a patience game for the last stubborn bits of glass

You can see in another picture here where the photograph is soaking in the tub of water, and there are a few places I could not save. In those places, the emulsion scratched and ripped and is still stuck to the glass, or left some discolouration. In fact, if you look at the bottom right side, you can see where the emulsion has been completely ripped off and is gone. You can also see other patches of removed emulsion and scratches, but they didn’t worry me as much since our faces were safe. Just to save those faces was so important, but I did manage to repair a few other minor spots. You can see where a bit of my forehead, my hands, and my brothers arms are damaged, but I managed to eventually soak the emulsion back off the glass and stick it back on the picture.

Step Four: Drying and Scanning the Print

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Success. All the broken glass has been removed

In the final image I have shared, you can see the dried print laying on a tea towel. It is still easy to tell how much damage was done because of the shattered, mat-less glass, but I am pleased to say that, for the most part, the faces have been saved and the image has been saved.

The final part of this process will be to take the photograph to a professional with a flatbed scanner to have it digitally scanned. I am not going to put it through a roller or feeder-style scanner, because in some areas the emulsion is already lifting and is quite damaged. The rolling action of a scanner could actually tear the emulsion off and make it worse.

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The final result, one precious family photo saved and preserved.

So, I’ve let the image dry now for a couple of weeks, and following the flatbed scan I will get it retouched and make extra prints for my brothers and sisters. It has been a tedious but extremely rewarding journey from my initial shock and dismay at finding the original, damaged image to now. This image is something that is precious for us. It is a beautiful memory of us kids at Jiggi School in Northern New South Wales can be preserved forever, for all of us.

How to Preserve Your Memories with a New Family Photo

As much as I loved finding and preserving an old memory, I also love creating new portraits for families to help them capture their own memories on film. My sessions include a mix of both formal, posed shots and more casual and fun lifestyle shots. If you have any questions or would like more information about session options, feel free to call or email me for a prompt response.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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How to Prepare for Your First Family Photo Shoot

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Are you considering scheduling a family photo shoot, or have you already booked your session? Although my favourite tip is to simply smile, have fun, and enjoy the day, there are several more concrete things to think about as you prepare for the session.

Choose a Time to Meet

If you have not already booked your session, make sure to book it at a time that is convenient for your little ones. The morning and early evening are prime times for taking photos, but in summer the sunset may come after your child’s bedtime. If you do book an afternoon session, try to take off work at least a couple of hours beforehand so you have time to relax and prepare. I would much rather capture images of you feeling happy and relaxed than tired or stressed!

Lay Out Everyone’s Outfit

The big decision when it comes to choosing clothes for a photography session is whether to wear matching or coordinated clothes. Feel free to dress your little ones in matching outfits, or have the whole family dress in simple basics such as a black shirt with jeans. Otherwise, experiment with coordinating outfits within a chosen colour palette. Make sure your clothing fits the location and that you will be comfortable throughout the session.

Visit the Location Ahead of Time 

You can choose a location for a photography session on your own or in conjunction with your photographer. I have plenty of recommendations that are perfect for capturing a mix of formal portraits and more casual lifestyle shots. Unless you are booking a newborn photography session in your home, consider the benefits of a stunning outdoor location such as a park or the beach. Once you have chosen a location, take your kids there ahead of time. Let them run around and explore beforehand, so that coming back later will feel familiar and fun.

Tips for the Week Before

There are many small pointers that add up to great advice in the week before being photographed. Some of my top quick tips include:

  • Soothe chapped lips
  • Brush teeth regularly to help polish up your pearly whites
  • Stay hydrated so skin looks fresh
  • Have hair trimmed several days in advance
  • Try out new hairspray or clips ahead of time
  • Make sure everyone gets plenty of rest
  • Pack a small bag with snacks and toys to keep everyone happy during the session

In regards to your hair and make-up, I encourage clients to aim for a natural, everyday look. This is not the best time to wear heavy makeup or try out a new hairstyle. Keep in mind that the focal point of your images will be your smile and family bond, not your makeup, clothing, or background.

Family photo shoots allow me to capture your unique family connections in an exciting, enjoyable session. Feel free to contact me for information about booking a session or with any questions about your upcoming shoot.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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8 Traits of a Great Outdoor Photo Shoot Location, Part 2 of 2

outdoor photo shootPart one of this post introduced a few things to think about while looking for an outdoor photo shoot location, including natural lighting and safety considerations. To round things off, here are four more traits to look for while choosing the perfect location for your next family portrait session:

  1. Limits Noise and Pedestrian Traffic

Even the most out-going and boldest among us may get a little camera-shy, especially if there are numerous pedestrians about. Visit your potential location at different times of the day to determine the amount of traffic it receives. There are plenty of remote, quiet locations tucked even just a few hundred yards away from busier thoroughfares. Limiting the amount of traffic noise and attention from curious on-lookers will help you feel you comfortable and relaxed throughout the shoot.

  1. Has Different Backgrounds

Surprise! This tip is actually three-fold:

  • Nothing overpowering: The best family portraits show off personalities and personal connections, not your location. Choose scenery that is attractive and warm without any distractions such as wayward lamp poles or overly bright colours.
  • photo-background-tipDifferent backgrounds: Although the background will not be the central focus of your portraits, having different settings will add some variety. If you are considering a park, for example, try to picture at least five different places your family could relax or pose. Ideas include on a trail, in front of a large tree, around a picnic table, or on a bridge.
  • Trust the photographer: Do you feel that your location is too bland? Think again! As long as the setting is clean and well-lit, I will keep moving around to get a great shot no matter the location. Tricks I often use include adjusting the framing, angles, and apertures as well as playing with depths of field and wide and tight shots.
  1. Allows You to Set Up Near Shelter

Unexpected weather can produce stunning skies, but it can also make an outdoor photo shoot more difficult. I will gladly reschedule shoots if inclement weather begins the day of, but occasionally things come up in the middle of a session and the clients agreed to continue. The resulting shots were stunning, but it might be a good idea to set up near some type of shelter in case of heavier rain or colder temperatures. Types of shelter could include an outdoor structure such as an awning, or even an indoor one like a café (with the owner’s permission to continue shooting, of course!).

  1. Makes for a Fun Family Outing

The best way to avoid getting stressed while preparing for a family portrait session is to focus on having fun. Plan a late afternoon family outing, complete with the family dog and a few outdoor toys, and let me worry about getting the shots. I will, of course, help with posing any portrait shots, but in the meantime I love working a bit “behind the scenes,” capturing the special moments between you and your family. With this in mind, try to pick a location that lets your kids be kids, from running on the beach to climbing trees.

Ready to book your family portrait session? Contact me for help choosing a location or to learn more about my photography services. I look forward to working with you!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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8 Traits of a Great Outdoor Photo Shoot Location, Part 1 of 2

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With so many scenic places around Brisbane, picking the right place for your session can be a challenge! The location you choose will drive the decisions surrounding the rest of the session, from clothing choices to props. You can always ask your photographer for recommendations, but you may also want to follow these tips for finding the perfect outdoor photo shoot location. Here are the first four, with more to follow in part two of this post:

  1. Makes You Feel Comfortable

smile-for-the-cameraDuring your family portrait session, I want you to feel completely at ease and comfortable with your surroundings. In fact, I will have an easier time producing beautiful, natural images of your family bonding together if you feel comfortable in a location that is meaningful or relaxing. If you have young children, consider visiting the location a couple of times beforehand so it becomes more familiar.

  1. Considers Your Four-Legged Friends

Many families opt to include the family pet in their session, which can add a warm, cohesive touch to any portrait. If you plan to include a pet, however, there are many things to consider:

  • Horses: Stables and riding rings are a great background for a variety of casual, lifestyle portraits. We will coordinate with the stable to ensure there is a time and place for us to shoot without interruption.
  • Cats: Due to their sensitive nature, I prefer to include cats in indoor-only sessions. There are plenty of great moments to capture, from a kitten snuggling with an infant to a trio of siblings playing with their cat or other indoor pets.
  • Dogs: Most dogs are welcome at an outdoor photo shoot, especially if they are accustomed to taking trips and have a designated handler during the shoot. I am always happy to work with and around the energy and attention spans of animals! However, you may need to call a park or other location to ensure canine companions are welcome.

Contact me if you have questions about booking a session that will include these or any other type of pet.

  1. Keeps Safety in Mind

Some scenic views are stunning but may not be ideal for a family portrait session due to safety considerations. If you have a running list of location ideas you want to present to your photographer, go back through them and visualize each area with the safety of your children and pets in mind. For example, very rocky areas may be difficult for children to manoeuvre. Similarly, I prefer to take photographs of newborns inside, in a temperature and humidity controlled environment that is free from excess sounds or stimulations.

  1. Is Brightly Lit, Has Diffused Light, or Is Accessible All Day

Contrary to what some might think, the light of a sunny day in a treeless location is too harsh for most portraits. Covered seating areas or overhanging trees provide diffused light that is natural but less harsh than direct midday sun. However, you can choose a treeless location such as the beach if the site is accessible for a shoot early in the morning or late in the afternoon, just before sunset. The light will be much more flattering, produce less of a glare, and be less tiring for everyone’s eyes.

Stay tuned for part two of this post for more tips on choosing the best outdoor photo shoot location for your family portrait!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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4 Family Photo Session Poses That Showcase the Sibling Bond

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Photographing children is always a highlight for me, especially when I can focus on capturing the relationships between different family members. Your family photo session can include a myriad of poses and images, including group shots and something that can be difficult to capture on film: the sibling bond. It is easy to snap shots of smiling faces at birthdays and holidays, but harder to capture the moments in between, as your kids laugh, play, or simply co-exist together. However, these moments are completely worth capturing, and can be found more easily with the help of these four poses:

  1. Admiration from Afar

Photographing children and newborns is my speciality, and I especially enjoy capturing the way older kids peer at their newest sibling. In fact, a favourite pose is having one or both parents holding the newborn as the older siblings peek at the baby. As you can imagine, their range of emotions can vary widely depending on their age and personality! Your photos could include snatches of joy, admiration, confusion, and even jealousy as I work to capture their raw emotions and connection with their other siblings.

  1. Snuggling with a Smaller Sibling

Another way to capture a sibling bond is to pose more directly, with hugging and holding. For this type of pose, an older sibling could hold a newborn baby or the hand of a toddler or other younger sibling. These types of shots typically capture the sense of pride and responsibility instilled in an older sibling by birth right, as well as the pure joy and peace that comes with being with someone you love.

  1. Immersed in Quiet Time

In addition to capturing a group portrait, I love having the chance to take candid photos of an activity. Not all lifestyle shots have to be extremely active, however. Although I might request a few frames of your family walking or running on the beach together, for example, I also like to capture the quiet moments between siblings as they sit together. Imagine your kids kneeling together in a close semi-circle around your family pet, for example, or sitting together under a large tree as an older sibling reads aloud. These quiet moments allow for wide group shots as well as close-up shots that capture expressions.

  1. Playing or Hanging Out Together

The beautiful thing about sibling bonds is how they change over the years. No matter how old your children are, a family photo session can capture their individual personalities and inter-connections. For younger kids, part of your shoot can include a bit of playtime, such as climbing a tree or playing tag. Older children can hug or hang on one another’s shoulders, or simply sit and smile or laugh with one another.

Each of my family photo sessions includes both posed and lifestyle shots, allowing me to capture your kids interacting in a variety of ways. Thanks to my 15-plus years of experience photographing children of every age, I guarantee you will love the results of your session! Feel free to contact me directly to discuss any questions or ideas.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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3 Ways to Help Capture Your Newborn’s Personality in Photos

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Whether you are weeks away from delivery or have just welcomed your new little one into the world, the next few months may be a bit of a blur. Between busy days and long nights, you may want a few professional photographs to help you remember the incomparable experience of having a newborn in the house. Plus, little ones have a lot of personality that may be evident from day one! Their temperaments may change throughout the years, but it is possible to showcase that initial hint of personality in a newborn photo session. Here are three things that can help:

  1. Choose the Colours

As your baby gets a little older, you can schedule a shoot to capture personality through facial expressions, games, and outdoor locations. However, carefully selected backgrounds, textures, and colour accents can subtly suggest your new baby’s budding personality. Is she fiery and active, or is he calm, cool, and collected? Pops of colour such as a bright red bow can brighten a scene without detracting from the baby, while a soft colour palette will enrich an already calm setting.

  1. Play with Props

Even babies who are active or easily upset have moments of calm, giving me the chance to photograph their tiny, sleeping figures in both classic and creative poses. This mix will help keep your shots unique, but you can also use props to help highlight personality. Here are a few examples:

  • Observant: Catch him or her peering up at a colourful mobile
  • Quiet baby, future bookworm: Have your baby curl up next to a pile of books
  • Little princess: Doll your baby up with ribbons and a frilly dress
  • Pet-lover: Consider including your family pet in the photo, intimating the bond to come
  1. Capture Moments and Milestones

Every baby has standout features that are worth capturing in close-up. I love highlighting tiny details such as curling toes or the way their arms stretch out. I will also take a few photos in scale so that you can remember just how tiny your newborn was. Examples include cuddling the baby in one arm, having him or her snuggle up to a teddy bear, or using a small blanket in a decorative basket as a bed. As your baby grows, you may be surprised at how quickly they reach different milestones! The first few months of life include everything from smiling and playing to crawling and walking. Plus, family portraits at any time highlight unique family relationships and bonds.

An ideal time for your first newborn photo session is within your baby’s first two weeks. My sessions include a mix of posed portraits and more casual lifestyle shots such as feeding and cuddling. Feel free to include any other little ones in the shoot to capture their sibling bond. I have over 15 years of newborn and family portrait photography experience, which helps make each session a success. Contact me today to book a session or learn more.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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5 of the Best Ways to Have Fun for Your Family Portraits

walk-in-the-woodsFamily portraits are great, aren’t they? You get the chance to spend time together and capture stunning memories to share with others. However, there are times when it might just seem a little too stressful, keeping you from taking the step to get portraits taken.

I want to look at how you can have fun with your photographs and keep the session one that everyone will enjoy and remember fondly. 

5 Excellent Ways to Have Fun with Your Family Portraits

Just how can you have fun with your family portraits? Let’s take a look! 

  1. Go to Your Favourite Location

We all have our favourite locations. They can be parks, the beach, the city, or even a small garden.

No matter where your favourite place is, this will really help make your family photography session go amazingly well. Everyone will simply have a grand time. 

  1. Bring Along Your Family Pet

Your family pet already brings you quite the amount of joy, so why wouldn’t you bring them to a photography session?

Photographing pets is a great way to make the entire session fun and memorable. It doesn’t matter if you bring a dog, have a perfectly trained cat, or another dear animal. All are perfectly wonderful for family photos. 

  1. Have Your Portraits Taken at Home

Do you have a gorgeous home you’re incredibly proud of? Do you have a child who is very much a homebody?

Then getting your family portraits taken at home is a great way to ensure everyone has fun. You can capture your house, any major accomplishments, or just make it a cosy, relaxing time for your child. 

  1. Have Beautiful Lifestyle Photos Taken

Families all look different, and lifestyle photos are a great way to capture your different family. Do you have a specific hobby you simply love?

That will work perfect for a session, and make it immensely fun for you! You can ride horses, bring along your treasured motorbikes, or go out in your boat.

Choosing what you want in your photos is the best way to ensure you will have a grand time. 

  1. Choose a Photographer Who Will Play Along

Another perfect way to ensure you’re having fun during your family portraits is to have a photographer who is willing to play along.

I remember photographing the most darling little girl who was a bit shy at first. She had a fairy wand, and as I started photographing her, I also started to play. I jokingly begged her not to turn me into anything and simply had a wonderful time.

This made her very happy and helped me capture some stunning images of her laughing – perfect!

Kiss Photography Can Provide You With Gorgeous and Fun Portraits

Are you ready to have a fun family photo session? Then contact me and we can chat about your session.

I’m excited to hear about your ideas and am willing to offer any tips or advice to make the process go smoothly. See you soon!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Fact or Myth: Is Bright Sunlight the Best Lighting for Outdoor Family Photography?

photo-background-tipYou’ve booked your outdoor family photography session; it’s the day before, and you notice the weather says tomorrow will be cloudy – what do you do?

This is a dilemma many clients face, and often many think that they just need to cancel and re-book for another time when the sun is bright.

Do you really need to reschedule? Can the photo session be saved?

I am going to take a look into cloudy skies and whether or not they should dampen your spirits or if your photos will be just as magical.

It’s Dark and Cloudy – Should You Cancel?

It’s only natural to worry about your photography session and cloudy skies. It might seem like that is not the time to get portraits taken, but don’t worry.

In fact, cloudy, overcast skies can make for a stunning, beautiful portrait session helping you capture gorgeous memories. You will also find that overcast skies might just help cut some of that intense summer heat we will see soon.

I love taking outdoor family photography when it’s sunny and cloudy because both produce magical images all of my clients love. Yes, that’s right – your photos can be just as magical if it is overcast.

Even if it is drizzling outside, that can still work, and I’ve had many clients who stick with it and end up absolutely loving their photos.

Naturally, if it starts to rain buckets, we can always reschedule, but you don’t need to worry when you see grey skies on the day of your session. 

Bright Sunlight Still Works Just as Well

Don’t worry though, while overcast skies can add a beautiful touch and help make the light less harsh, bright sunlight still works fine.

Shade is always your friend on sun-filled days, no matter what, and it is just as much of a friend when it comes to outdoor photography. This is why I adore going to places such as parks where we can have access to beautiful, naturally shaded areas.

It doesn’t matter where you want to get your family portraits taken or what the weather is like – you can still have amazing images and create beautiful memories. 

Get Outdoor Family Photography and Capture Your Memories

Are you ready to embark on an outdoor family photography journey? Then simply contact me and we can chat about your session!

I can give you excellent tips for the weather, and if the day happens to be cloudy or have a forecast of rain, I will gladly talk about all of your options.

Call today, and set up a session to capture your beautiful memories all while enjoying the great outdoors.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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The Hidden Mother Phenomenon: Historical Family Portraits for Everyone

the girlsFamily photography is a gorgeous thing and something I absolutely adore is looking at old family photographs.

You get the opportunity to see families through the generations, and see similarities that are astounding. And it is simply wonderful to see how people once lived; people who have such strong ties to you.

Throughout old family portraits and the history of photography, there has been an interesting and odd phenomenon, specifically in American photos. This is referred to as the “hidden mother.”

It is absolutely fascinating, and I want to explore this incredible part of photographic history, showing you something incredible. 

A Hallmark of Family Portraits for All

While hidden mother portraits are a fascinating and sometimes eerie presence in the photography world, they are actually a hallmark of history changing.

Before the advent of photography, family portraits were only available for those with substantial money, as they were often painted. When photography came about, this all changed.

Families who couldn’t afford painted family portraits were able to afford photographs, and many saw this as the perfect chance to get gorgeous photos of their children.

However, this led to new struggles such as children not wanting to sit still for photos – we all know how that goes! Thus, the “hidden mother” in portraits was born. 

A Beautiful Illustration of a Mother’s Love

Be it a ghostly hand holding a child up or a specially placed sheet covering the mother, hidden mothers were a huge part of family photographs.

No matter how hidden the mother is in the photo, it is always clear the love and tenderness she has for and towards her child.

You can see arms wrapped around children in a loving and protective embrace or see a hand delicately ensuring the child is safe. It is such a beautiful capture, no matter how oddly the mother is hidden.

Examining the Hidden Mother

Laura Larson noticed these hidden mothers when going through old photographs, and she decided she wanted to learn more.

Sometimes the mother was hidden well, only creating a small oddity. However, other times, the mother might not have been hidden well, which led to her face being scratched out, adding an eerie feel to the photos.

The faces being scratched out doesn’t designate any problems such as anger that we would associate that with now. Instead, it just adds another fascinating element to this historical moment in photography.

Laura is continually researching hidden mothers, learning more about the women in the photographs and this incredible phenomenon. 

The History of Early Photography – Simply Astounding!

How amazing is this brief moment in early photography history? Simply gorgeous, isn’t it?

Do you have any photos with hidden mothers? Whether of your own family or any you’ve collected? I would love to see them!

And whether you have hidden mother photos or not, old family portraits are perfect for creating memorials and I can help ensure your photos stay safe for decades to come. Simply call and we can have a little chat!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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