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Embracing Gap-Toothed Smiles and Braces Children’s Portrait Photography

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Picture this: you have been aching to set up a professional portrait photography session, but one or more of your children just lost a baby tooth and is now sporting a gap-tooth smile. Should you wait for the adult tooth to grow in, or do you capture the cute but gapped smile? Personally, I love taking pictures of children with missing baby teeth. Doing so allows me to photograph the precious moments of childhood that will be over before you know it! I feel the same way about braces, believing that they should be included in photos because they are an integral part of your child’s life at that moment. If you are still on the fence about moving forward with your session planning, see if I can convince you:

Capturing a Sweet Smile with Missing or Gapped Teeth

Children typically loose all of their baby teeth during their primary school years, gradually replacing them with permanent teeth between the ages of about six and twelve. Because of this, you should expect at least one of their yearly school pictures to feature a partially toothless grin! This is an adorable part of childhood that reflects their sweetness and innocence. Unfortunately, this time in their life will also pass quickly. Your child’s cute, goofy, or mischievous grin deserves to be captured on film so you can look back on it in the future.

The alternative is waiting to have professional portrait photography pictures until your child’s adult tooth grows in. However, the chances are that another baby tooth may have fallen out by the time a new adult tooth appears! Plus, if your child has siblings, visits from the tooth fairy will be a regular occurrence. Instead, embrace their uneven or silly-looking grins and cherish this time in their lives.

Feeling Comfortable with Braces in Pictures

Having braces can be a touchy subject, even though they are more common than ever before. Some kids feel self-conscious, and you might think that most parents would hesitate to book a portrait photography session during this time. In reality, lots of mums have told me over the years that they do want pictures of the braces! Many mums recognize that wearing braces is an important part of a child’s life and that the resulting images will become adorable keepsakes.

When it comes to high schoolers or adults who wear braces, the best thing to do during a shoot is to relax. Smiling naturally will look much better than trying to hide the braces. Doing that often results in a tight and awkward smile, not to mention the posture that comes from feeling uncomfortable about one’s appearance. Plus, you can always get updated images once the braces are off. In the meantime, however, there is no reason not to document and cherish this time and experience.

Finally, do not worry about any possible reflections or glares from the braces themselves. I am well versed in setting up shots so that there are no unwanted glares off of braces, glasses, or jewellery. The right lighting will keep every image looking great.

Celebrate Milestones and Make Fun Memories

Whether someone in your family has braces or is missing teeth, the image will be uniquely you, at that moment. You can look back on them and remember that time in your life, along with the fun experience of the session. You can also have extra, high-quality portraits printed to send to far-away family members who may miss out on these little milestones. I offer plenty of on-location advice and guidance to help everyone feel at ease. The portrait photography session will not be overly formal or complicated, and you will not have to perform or pretend to be having fun. In fact, I welcome and encourage kids and families to giggle, play, and have fun together during a sitting.

The more comfortable your family is, the easier it will be for me to capture your unique personalities, relationships, and bonds.

In addition, booking a session will help show your child that there is no reason to be ashamed of having braces or sporting a goofy grin. After all, no one else is really concerned about these things! If you waited until everyone family members teeth were perfect, you will miss their entire childhood. We can always take some non smiling relaxed images as well. Embrace all of the traits and features that make you “you,” and encourage your children to do the same. When you are ready, talk to me about booking a session. I cannot wait until you see the resulting portraits!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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1 5 Reasons to Have Multi-Generation Family Portrait Images Taken

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Following up with my recent Mother’s Day post, I wanted to make sure that you remember the grandmothers, too! Family portrait images that include multiple generations are particularly memorable and will be cherished for years to come. Whether it is your parent’s anniversary, you are celebrating a birthday milestone, or everyone is simply in town at the same time, here are five reasons to book a session: 

  1. Get a Classic, Yet Professional, Group Shot

Anytime that your extended family is in town, it is worth taking a group picture together. This is especially important for those with family who live far away or are seldom able to visit. Cherish the time you have together, and celebrate it with a group image. The benefits of booking a professional photo session to get your shots are many, including that you will not have to worry about how to gather, manage, and pose everyone. Plus, isn’t it time you stop crowding together at a casual holiday event for a quick snapshot and considering that good enough? I have plenty of success getting large groups to cooperate, no matter their range of ages and personalities. It is easy to print multiple copies of your favourite images to share with family members. 

  1. Quickly Compare Those Shared Traits

Do all the men in the family have the same broad shoulders? Is there a certain eye colour or nose shape that has been passed down through the generations? Do all the sisters share the same mega-kilowatt smile? Lining up multiple generations all at once allows you to see the physical traits that identify your family. I may even capture a few candid shared gestures and expressions! This is a fun way to make comparisons and celebrate your family’s uniqueness.

  1. Celebrate All Aspects of Your Family’s Bond

In addition to a taking a large group shot, we can also break down your session into capturing smaller groups to round out your family portrait images. How about a shot of the adult children with their parents, or of the grandparents surrounded by their grandchildren? Alternatively, gather all of the females together for a powerful portrait, or separate siblings and their families for individual group shots with the grandparents. A cute shot of all of the cousins playing together is a sure winner, too. The combinations of portraits must be well planned, which is where I come in. I will take all of your requests and add in few of my own to plan the perfect session for your group. 

  1. Everyone Will Look and Feel Their Best

Professional photo sessions are designed to help bring out the best in everyone, even those who might have never pictured themselves as the model type. Location, lighting, angles, lenses, and composition all contribute to taking a great shot, but the way everyone feels on set is the most important aspect. If you are comfortable, relaxed, and enjoying yourself, my chances of getting a great picture are much higher. I make an effort to get to know each person on location with me, so that I can quickly identify how individuals may react in front of the camera and adjust accordingly. Many grandparents, in particular, feel they are no longer beautiful and do not need to have “fancy pictures” taken. In reality, there is so much beauty in the smile of a grandparent looking at his or her children and grandchildren. Plus, children do not see age the same way we do. They love us for who we are, not matter our age, and will simply have fun with a shared experience. Finally, the resulting images will be ones worth keeping and passing down.

  1. The Session Itself is Memorable

One of the best ways to feel relaxed on set is to see it as a fun family outing, not a stressful, stiff photography session. Focus on having fun on the shoot and making memories together. Let me capture formal family portrait images as well as the candid, lifestyle moments in between.

No one wants to think about it, but our oldest generations will not be around forever. Take the time now to capture precious moments between your mother and your daughter, or to capture the big group shot you have always wanted. Contact me today to learn more about booking a session. I will work with you to determine the right time, location, and groupings to make your shoot a success.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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The Importance of Preserving Family Portrait Images for Anzac Day

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25 April marks Anzac Day, a day we recognise and remember all those who have served on behalf of Australia and New Zealand. This day can help bring us together to learn about family history, dig through old photographs, and commemorate loved ones. It is critical to properly care for, store, and display historic family portrait images. In the future, both those photos and any taken now may become heirlooms that are cherished by future generations. Here are few reasons to pull out those old photographs, along with several tips for helping to preserve them!

Celebrating Your Heritage

The ability to connect to our own heritage is a valuable experience that some people never have. For example, today’s children are growing up much differently than their parents or grandparents. Do your children know about your background and where you came from? Do they understand why you still have old, historic photographs around the house? Are they interested in preserving your family’s history and legacy? Something as simple as a tiny photograph can be so important in teaching our children why events such as Anzac Day are so significant.

Share Old Stories

portrait photographyOne of the best ways to connect to old pictures is through story telling. You and your children might be surprised by the sweet, sad, or humorous stories that linger behind an old black-and-white or sepia-toned photo! Whether or not your parents or siblings live nearby, make an effort to reach out and gather as many of these tales as possible. They can be collected and saved as you preserve the images, too. One easy way to gain new insights and information about an old photograph is to post it on social media. Photographs can often help jog memories, so tag a few far-off relatives and see who responds! You may even hear from old friends or war buddies who can share even more tales.

Preserving Historic Family Portrait Images

Step one to preserving old photographs is to find them! Even if you know that you will not have time to sort through them now, make sure that there are no pictures stored in the attic, basement, or garage. The film over photographs may cause them to stick to glass or one another, so use caution when beginning to separate them. I was able to save a beautiful sibling photo that was stuck to shattered glass, so do not give up hope if your pictures have not been properly stored!

Displaying photographs is easy with the right frames. A thin, acid-free mat will help keep the glass away from the top of the picture while providing a slim or thick border. Unframed photos should be kept at a low temperature, in a space with low humidity. The trick is to avoid extremes and fluctuations, which will accelerate fading and loss. Avoid writing on them with pen or using adhesive labels, which can eat away at the backing. Although it may be tempting to include newspaper clippings, do not store them directly with photos due to the paper’s acidity.

Photo albums can be a very attractive and simple way to store multiple images, but make sure you buy the right kind. Cheap albums may not protect your photos in the long-term, due to damaging plastics, polyethylene, and vinyl. Use albums with acid-free and lignin-free paper and a base of polyester or polypropylene, such as Mylar. Similarly, cheap storage containers that are made of cardboard, wood, or many common plastics may contribute to image deterioration. Buy specialty containers from a photography store.

Another great way to save and share photographs, however, is to scan them. You can create digital photo albums or print copies of pictures for additional albums. Professional scanning and colour-correcting capabilities will help each picture look its best.

Consider Taking New Photos

As you gather to talk about and preserve old photographs, consider taking some professional family portrait images of your own. The pictures could include relatives visiting for the first time or reflect other reunions, gatherings, and celebrations. Another fun idea is to recreate old photographs as closely as possible. Does your teenager have the same cheekbones as his great-uncle who served in the war? Does your daughter remind you of your mother at her age? Recreating these pictures is a fun way to celebrate your family history and create new memories at the same time.

For more information about preserving old photographs or taking new portraits, contact me today. I look forward to hearing from you!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Where to Hang Your Family Portrait Photos

Where to hang your family portrait photos

Hanging framed photographs can liven up boring walls, personalise your space, and keep fun memories close at hand. However, not all walls and rooms are created equally. Your family portrait photos may begin to deteriorate if they experience too many extremes and variations in light, humidity, and heat. Here are several tips for hanging your images in a way that both protects them and adds to your home’s décor.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Although bountiful sunlight is a selling point for many homes, those large windows and open blinds can wreck havoc on your framed images. The ultraviolet radiation in light can cause fading and discolouration. Start protecting your images by using conservation glass or another type of frame glass proven to help reduce UV rays. Next, reduce direct exposure to light, including sunlight, fluorescent lighting, and incandescent lighting. There are specialty bulbs that have UV shields, but at the very least you should avoid, for example, placing a floor lamp directly beside a framed image.

Protect Against Humidity

High humidity can encourage mildew and mould growth, even around and within framed pictures. Thankfully, there are several little tips you can use to prevent this type of damage. For starters, check the humidity level in your home. Seasonal high humidity can be controlled with the help of air conditioners and other dehumidifiers. Next, try to avoid hanging any framed art in high-humidity areas such as bathrooms and small laundry rooms. Then, make sure the space you choose has good airflow to help minimize humidity fluctuations. Finally, avoiding hanging the frame close to or directly underneath a heating or air conditioning vent.

Although low humidity does not pose as many problems, it could contribute to frame damage and structural weakening. Wood expands and contracts anytime it experiences extremes in humidity. Consider, for example, how your front door swells when it rains and may stick a bit in the doorframe. The swelling and contracting may not be noticeable in a small picture frame, but it could weaken over time. In seasons of low humidity, consider setting up a small humidifier in your home.

Limit Exposure to High Heat

kiss photograpyPhotos can be greatly affected by variations and extremes by heat as well as humidity. Excessive heat can cause deterioration, contributing to fading and cracking. You may think that preventing heat exposure is impossible, especially if you turn on the heat in the summer and open doors and windows in the winter. However, the key to protecting your images is avoiding large temperature fluctuations. If your home is kept at a relatively constant temperature, your images will stay in top-notch condition. Additional tips for reducing fluctuations in temperature include:

  • Hanging items in areas with good air circulation
  • Keeping frames away from heater vents
  • Checking your fireplace and chimney for proper insulation before hanging images
  • Hanging pictures out of direct sunlight

Once you have your lighting, humidity, and heat relatively under control, the next step is finding the perfect places to hang your images.

Best Ways to Feature Your Family Portrait Photos

The options for displaying pictures are endless, including gallery walls, staircase, hallways, living rooms, kitchens, and more. For example, consider combining one to three images with the rest of the room’s décor, including furnishings and other accessories. Alternatively, choose multiple images and create a gallery wall dedicated entirely to this purpose. There are many ways to display multiple frames. If you want a collage of frames, however, plan everything out on paper and by laying the frames out on the floor before hammering nails into the wall!

When choosing the frames themselves, try sticking with a single colour palette or texture. Here are a few examples:

  • Use all the same style and type of frame
  • Use different styles of frames in the same colour
  • Mix and match colours within a set palette
  • Choose all wooden frames, or another texture

No matter how you arrange your images or the types of frames you use, however, make sure each one is fastened securely to the wall. This is especially important in homes with children. Hallways see a lot of traffic, and other rooms experience jumping, playing, and furniture being pushed against the walls. Keep in mind that your new display can be changed up as often as you would like. You can rearrange the frames or rotate in new images every few months.

Need New, Frame-Worthy Photos?

Do all of these tips and ideas have you dreaming about your wall décor? Book a session today for professional couple, maternity, infant, or family portrait photos that are perfect for displaying in your home.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Taking Photos of Children With Special Needs: A Few Useful Tips

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Families with very young, energetic, or camera-shy children know that taking a nice group photo together can be somewhat what of a challenge. Unfortunately, this means that parents of children with special needs, in particular, may be even less likely to schedule a professional photo shoot for fear of things going badly. However, I have photographed many, many families with children who have different needs, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Asperger’s, blindness, and autism. I approach each shoot differently, with the aim of capturing the unique smile and characteristics of each child. Here are a few of the ways I have worked with families and captured incredible pictures.

Each Person is Their Own Person

smilesSome parents fear that their child may need certain things or act out during the shoot. As the photographer, I am not there to simply take a photo but to capture a moment. In the case of a photo shoot, I look at that child and I just see them as their own person with their own needs, and I try to help meet those needs. Any extraneous actions or behaviors are not embarrassing or a big deal, and in fact often lead to fun, candid shots.

For example, I worked with a boy who has Asperger’s, which makes it difficult for him to make eye contact or show much emotion even if he is feeling happy. I asked his mom to bring the family dog along for the shoot, and the boy’s face lit up as he relaxed and played with the pet. In addition to a beautiful, relaxed portrait of the two of them, I also got a playful shot of the boy, his brother, and their dog all running and playing on the beach.

Another time, I photographed a lovely family who had a son with Down syndrome. We chatted about how I could help make him comfortable, and I also planned ways to make sure I got natural smiles from everyone, not the silly fake smiles that many children love to give! I asked his parents and two sisters to be crazy and do whatever they would do at home to make their son laugh, resulting in several striking, very natural images.

Let Them Take the Lead

I understand that many children with special needs may not react to the same photography prompts and instructions as other children, which is why I often let them take the lead. I often work with children who have autism, which can range from mild to severe. In several cases, the children have been extremely friendly but simply find it difficult to sit still for very long. For example, one boy loved having his photo taken but would run to a new spot after about 30 seconds of posing. The mother kept apologizing, but I decided to follow him and his sister and just have some fun. We got many beautiful shots of him alone, pausing and smiling, as well as playful pictures with his sister and even some portraits of the entire family.

As you can see, photographing children with special needs may take a bit more energy and shutter clicks, but it is completely worthwhile for everyone involved.

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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Why Professional Family Photographs Are for You

familyFamily portraits are perfect because they can capture so many amazing memories. They give families time to relax and enjoy each other, but many families aren’t sure if professional family photographs are for them. I truly believe they are for every family, no matter what your family looks like, and will be perfect for you. I am going to take a look at just why I think professional family photographs are excellent and why you should get some taken!

  1. Professional Family Photographs Capture Gorgeous Memories

When you get professional family photographs, you are given the chance to capture gorgeous memories together. It is easy and stress-free to have a professional take your photographs, which means that you and your family will be relaxed in every photo. A relaxed family means excellent images that you will be proud to hang up on your wall and show off to your friends and extended family. When I do your photos, we can go down to the Gold Coast, or to various stunning Brisbane locations that will add an amazing element to these memories. As I said, you will be incredibly proud of your family photos when you get them taken by a professional! 

  1. Photos Are Perfect for Capturing Your Children and Yourself at Younger Ages

If you keep pushing off getting professional family photographs, you are getting further away from capturing everyone at younger ages. If you miss this chance, you will find yourself wishing you had more photos with your children when you and they were younger. Getting professional family photographs to capture these wonderful ages is absolutely wonderful and important, and you will be immensely pleased with the results. 

  1. Everyone Will Be in the Portraits

I’ve met many clients who’ve attempted to take their own family portraits, but they always find that someone is always missing. Whoever is taking the photo will likely not be in it, or, if they use a timer, they might just miss it. In fact, using a timer can mean for a disastrous family portrait session! This is why it is a perfectly wonderful idea to get professional family photographs. Every single person you want in the photographs will be in them, helping you, and myself, capture perfect family portraits. 

  1. You Will Cherish Them Like You Cherish Your Old Family Photographs

Think back to the old, professional family photos you have in your collection; now think about how much you cherish them. This is how it will be for future generations when it comes to your professional family photographs. They will love to look back at them, talk about the style of your clothes, how much they look like others in the photos, and more.

As you can see, professional family photographs are a great idea and can help you create and capture long-lasting memories. If you would like to get professional photos done, then contact me and we can chat. I will help you discover which locations will be perfect for your family, getting the best photos for you. Contact me, today!

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

 
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smile-for-the-cameraPutting off family photographs is something that many families do. I’ve taken several photographs of people who were getting family portraits taken for the first time, and their children were all grown! This is something so many of my families want to avoid, and I want to avoid it as well. Getting photographs taken with everyone together throughout your lives is such a perfect idea, and I just love taking these photographs for my wonderful clients.Why should you get photographs taken when you and your children are young? Let me answer that for you and show you why getting family portraits now is the best idea!

You Will Love Getting Family Portraits When Everyone is Young

Some of the most fun photography sessions are when I get families with young children. There is so much life and laughter, and it is a great chance for the families to capture their children at different ages. As I said earlier, I’ve taken family pictures long after the children have grown, and, while the session was fun, the parents realised how much they wanted photographs when the children were younger. When you get photographs at a younger age, you have all the energy in the world to play and laugh with your children. You will get gorgeous photographs with everyone giggling; you can even bring the family dog for more fun! 

Life Stage Portraits are Perfect for Family Photographs

One of my favourite ways to take family portraits is to do life stage photographs for families. Many of my clients absolutely love this as well. I had one mother and son who had their portraits taken every year for fifteen years. This was beautiful and really showed the growth of both! The family has moved away, but my client is so happy she has all of these incredible life stage photographs of her and her son. Another way my clients do life stage photographs is getting family portraits taken every three to five years. This is a great way to see the growth and changes within your family, capturing gorgeous memories that will last a lifetime. 

Create Gorgeous Heirlooms for Future Generations

I have several wonderful, old photographs of my family from years and years ago. I love and cherish these pictures because of the history surrounding them. When getting family portraits, you are not only getting them for the people here and now, but you are creating an opportunity to give future generations glimpses of what you were like “back then.” Grandchildren love looking through old photographs, and in a hundred years’ time, these will be images that will be greatly treasured by your family. 

Getting family portraits is such a great opportunity to spend time with each other and make beautiful memories. You will enjoy every chance you get to laugh and smile in whichever location you choose. Call me today and we can chat about your session, and I will gladly give you tips on making the most of your day with everyone!

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

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Time Moves On: Getting Family Portraits (part1)

Sept11“We need family portraits, but we can wait a few months.” A few months pass and before you know it, next year is here. Does this sound familiar? I know of so many families who go through this each year, and many never get family portraits taken until everyone is much older. Getting family portraits is something I know many families want, and portraits are perfect mementos and family heirlooms. I always encourage families to get portraits; it isn’t hard and can be done quickly! I’m going to look at why getting family portraits done now is a great idea and why you shouldn’t wait until later.

Getting Family Portraits While Everyone Is Young Is Pretty Important

Getting family portraits while you and your children are all younger is an excellent idea, and something many families wish they did. I’ve photographed families who waited years to get their portraits taken, and their children were well into their twenties. The families didn’t have professional photographs of their children throughout their lives, which is something many now regret. I know all of my clients would like great, professional photographs of their children, which is why I always encourage them to get family portraits. 

Different Life Stage Portraits for Families Show Growth

One of the best ideas for getting family portraits is doing different life stage photographs. This is something my clients love to look back through and watch as their families grow. I also enjoy seeing everyone come back three to five years later and seeing how much they’ve all changed! I’ve photographed a mother and son once a year for fifteen years before they moved, which provided some excellent portraits of them both. I’ve also photographed a couple for their engagement, before their wedding, at their wedding, and their children a few years later. They were all so grateful to do this because they all now have incredible photos to share with future generations. They also enjoy looking back through the photos, reliving fond memories. 

Family Photographs Are Perfect Heirlooms

When you think about getting family portraits and start to brush it off, remember that they make incredible family heirlooms. If you get family portraits throughout various life stages or every three to five years, you are giving future generations the ability to look through your old photographs and treasure them for generations. Your grandchildren will love looking through them, and generations a hundred years ago from now will enjoy it just as much if not more. In fact, think about how you feel when you look through your old family portraits – do you enjoy it? How much do you treasure those portraits? 

Until Next Time

If you plan on getting family portraits, give me a call, and we can chat about the different photos, locations, and how to prepare your family. We can even set up tentative dates in the future to make sure you keep getting family portraits, and do not push them off. In fact, I have several families who do this so that they don’t forget. It is a great way to continue getting those portraits for your family now and in the future. Contact me today!

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

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The Pros And Cons Of Beach Photography

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You’ve seen them all around and are probably wondering if beach photography is something you and your family should do. I love beach photography and I think the photographs are absolutely stunning in the end. However, I always make sure that my clients understand that beach photography not only has some great pros, but there are also a few cons to consider. I am going to take a look at some of these to help you make your decision for your next session!

Pro: Gorgeous Lighting With Beach Photography

One of the best things about beach photography is the lighting. I love to take photos before sunset to capture a gorgeous light that will look simply magical in the end. Usually, the best time to do this is about an hour to an hour and a half before sunset, and I am able to capture some gorgeous shots. It looks stunning with the pre-sunset light, the waves rolling in the background, and your happy, relaxed smiles. 

Con: Summer Might Not Work For Young Kids

Taking the lighting into consideration does have one con; young kids might not be able to do this so late in the evening in the summer. The sun sets quite late, making it difficult for families with young children to get beach portraits at the late time because the kids are getting tired. This is why I suggest winter photographs for people with young families, and also because you won’t be sweating in a winter portrait like you might in the summer! 

Pro: Easy, Relaxed, Happy Portraits

The great thing about going to the beach is that you are always happy and relaxed. The beach seems to wave a magic wand over everyone, making you all joyful and peaceful. You’ll hear the waves in the background and just laugh and laugh, with the wind blowing through your hair and playing in the sand with your children. In fact, if your children happen to be tired and cranky, the beach does seem to work magic on them, as well. When they’re at the beach, they get to play in the sand and just have fun, which is what many kids love. 

Con: Temperamental Weather

A con that many people face with beach photography is that the weather can be temperamental or they don’t want the wind to mess up their hair. If you are someone who likes your fringe a certain way, then beach photography might not be for you. In addition, there is always a chance of rain. Many people think we have to cancel, but the dark, stormy clouds can be perfect for photography if we get in the perfect gap. I never photograph people in direct sunlight because they will squint and not look happy, and rain clouds give a gorgeous coverage, adding a fairy tale light to your portraits. 

Until Next Time

If you are considering beach photography for your next family portrait session, then contact me and we can chat together about it. I can help you with some great ideas and help you find perfect locations along the Gold Coast to make your portraits absolutely stunning and something you will have immense pride in! If you have any questions about beach photography, don’t hesitate to ask me.

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

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