We want to make getting family portraits fun, easy, and stress free, while providing beautiful portraits for you and your family to cherish. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call or send us an email.
What should my family and I wear to our portrait session?
Simple, comfortable styles of clothing are recommended for a more timeless look. Wear solid colours in the same tonal range as opposed to heavy patterns, stripes or text; these will allow the focus to remain on you rather than on the clothing. For family or group portraits, try to coordinate your clothing but avoid having everyone wear identically coloured outfits.
Neutral colours, pastels, and denim work very well. We recommend wearing tops and blouses with sleeves so that the focus is directed towards your faces. The use of minimal makeup has greater longevity in portraits.
If young children are in the portrait, bring snacks, drinks, wipes, and toys. For young infants, it can be nice to bring your own blankets or wraps, especially if you have one that holds sentimental value.
If you would like to, bring items that personalize your portraits: musical instruments, hats, scarves, skateboards, favourite toys, sports equipment, hobby items, motorcycles, and cars, etc. We can incorporate these into your portraits to bring out the personality of you and your family.
Pets make your portraits shine. We are happy to include animals of all species – just make sure to bring a leash for dogs and toys or treats to keep their attention.
How much time should we allow for our portrait session?
Session times will vary depending on how many people are in the portraits – large groups tend to take longer than individuals and couples. But in general, our portrait sessions last between 1 to 2 hours at the most, not including the time needed to travel to the location.
If small children and infants are included in the portrait sessions, time is often limited before the little ones tire. We recommend scheduling early morning portrait sessions, as this tends to be less of an issue in the mornings; also the lighting is often the best in the early morning.
It looks overcast. Should we cancel our portrait session?
Many people assume that a sunny day makes for a great photo opportunity, but cloudy and overcast days make for some of the best (and most flattering) lighting, and can deliver some really interesting skies as a background. The portrait below was taken on a very dark overcast day!
When is the best time to do maternity and newborn portraits?
Maternity sessions are often scheduled during the third trimester, but contact us early to discuss your due date and session details. Early mornings and late afternoons often provide the nicest light, and we can choose a location that reflects your personality; maybe taking a walk through a garden/park, or downtown. If you would like bare-tummy photos, let us know beforehand so we can plan a private location. Babies up to two weeks old are preferred for our newborn sessions.
Can I share my portraits on Facebook?
Definitely! We would love it if you shared your photos on Facebook or other social media sites. With most of our packages, we provide a selection of web-resolution watermarked photos to share with family and friends.
Will my portraits be used on your blog or website?
If you would specifically like your portraits featured on the blog/website, or conversely not used at all for privacy, let us know and we will be more than happy to do what you prefer.
What’s the difference between owning copyright and being given a licence?
Copyright is a term that relates to who owns the rights to distribute, publish, and sell photos (or other creations). Copyright is automatically given to the photographer when he/she takes a photo, as it is his/her original work. Photographers very rarely wish to give up their copyright, as it basically means other individuals decide what gets to be done with their photos.
Licencing is generally what photographers (White Poplar included) provide to their clients. Licencing can take many forms, and needs to be in a written contract; at its most basic, it allows a photographer to licence the rights to their work for specific uses. For example, if you purchase a high-resolution digital family portrait, the licencing may say you can print the photo an unlimited number of times and at whatever size you want. However, you can’t sell or give your photo to be used for advertising or in any commercial way.
Do you offer makeup prior to the portrait session?
At this time we do not offer this service, we recommend a more natural look as the use of minimal makeup has greater longevity in portraits. However, should you wish to hire a professional make up artist for the shoot, we can certainly recommend someone for you.
What time of day is best for my portrait session?
We suggest that the best time for portraits on location is in the early morning or in the late afternoon. At these times, the sun is low in the sky and this produces ideal lighting conditions to capture you and your family in the most flattering light. For small children and newborns we suggest the morning as children are usually well rested at this point. If you are choosing a home study, talk to us, as each home location is unique.
How many people can be in our portrait shoot?
There is no limit to the number of people in your portrait session. With large family groups, it is important to be organized so that the photographer can maximize shooting time. This especially applies if there are little ones who will tire quickly! Family pets are also welcome to be included, and make a great addition to your family portraits.
Can you come to our home for portraits?
Having your portraits done in or around your home can be a great way to personalize them, and at the same time allows us to capture you and your loved ones in a comfortable environment. During our initial consultation, we’ll work with you to determine the best place and time to achieve your desired results.