PORTRAITS IN THE PARK WITH GEOFF FISHER
1. PLAN FIRST – Decide what your vision is, where you might display your family portraits and who you will gift them to. This will lead to a more satisfying outcome. Family Photographer Geoff Fisher of Perth invites you to plan ahead.
2. CLOTHING – Choose the best clothing to suit the mood and location of the shoot. Don’t wear styles that date easily. Formal photos need formal dress. What do you want to look like? “I don’t want to end up with trendy photos that look tacky in a few years.”
3. COLOURS – Coordinate colours to suit each other and your location. Soft blues, greys, pinks and denim look great at the beach. You could also try solid primary colours at the beach or in a park. Formal dress might look great in your home, especially if you have formal furnishings to use as background.
4. COLLECTIONS – If you like the idea of a ‘portrait collection’, consider whether your children should have close up or full length photos. It’s great to match them in head and body size in a collection of framed portraits that are ‘designed’ to work together.
5. ACTION – Bring your family photos to life with portraits in the park. Think about personality and movement. Action brings the life to your photos and encourages more interesting poses. Let kids off the leash! Make a hero of your family dog.
6. LOCATION – Your professional photographer will have studied the best locations with good light and pleasing backdrops. You might love a setting but does it have a backdrop that works without distractions?. “We’ve got thousands of photos but none of them really work.”
7. DISPLAY – Building a new house? Modern homes sometimes have less wall space. There are ways to display portraits in smaller spaces with layouts to suit smaller footprints. A single large portrait might suit a large space.“I’ve been in my new home for a year and my walls are still bare. I can’t decide where to put them.”
8. PRINT – Don’t rely on your digital photos for safe keeping. A professionally made family portrait is safe to keep. Get your portraits printed. Perth family photographer Geoff Fisher will insist on top quality professional photos to preserve your family memories.
9. BEST QUALITY PRODUCTS – Be wary of cheap imitations in print, especially canvas. Professional labs use only the best quality materials to last. “The pictures I try to print and frame myself never look right on our walls.”
10. BEST ADVICE – Take advantage of your professional photographer who knows how to make beautifully crafted family portraits. You will definitely know the difference when you see them.
Geoff Fisher Fisher Photography, Perth Western Australia.