Photo Wall Gallery - Create Something Fabulous With Your Family Photos!

Yesterday I met with a long time client of mine at her home to create some beauty in her living room.  Weeks before we discussed the kind of frames she would like for her images and the option of color or black and white images. She decided on black and white photos, I think it was a great choice! A monochromatic look is very versatile with any kind of color scheme, so no matter how many times she re-decorates her photos will still look great on her wall. And the best part about this layout, or photo wall gallery,  images can be switched out as a family grows or they can stay the same. Its up to you! And by creating columns that go up a wall it gives the viewer a sense of order which is visually pleasing, and when guests visit it’s fun for them to see and chat about too! My client didn’t want to bother her husband with installing the frames on the wall, she just wanted it done so I was happy to take the lead and create the layout and get them on their wall. No hassle or stress, it was just done! Luckily I am a photographer who likes to wear many hats, not too many, but I do love the process of creating something for my client and taking the lead to install a gallery of images in my clients home is fun for me!  The photo wall turned out great and I know it will bring this family many years of joy! This is why I love what I do!! 


Family Photo Tips

Have Your Holiday and Keep it, Too

A Beginner’s Guide to Family Portraits


Anyone who routinely spends time around older friends and relatives has likely heard the phrase “They grow up so fast,” typically accompanied by a nostalgia-fuelled sigh. When you’re a young parent, it’s easy to be caught up in the moment, and miss some of the big picture of your family– a picture that you could ideally hang above your mantelpiece or by your bedside. Many parents find themselves dissatisfied with their photo documentation once kids start getting older, realizing that many of their memories are just that– with no solid record of the events themselves to pour over as the memories fade; however, it doesn’t have to turn out that way. With a little effort and experimentation, you can preserve your memories in beautiful portraits that will last a lifetime. Here are some tips to make that happen.


1. Choosing a Location

Choosing a location is on a surface level, easy, but in reality it’s one of the most important and defining decisions of your shoot. The first thing you need to consider with location is the realism it lends to the photo, as it pertains to your specific family identity. Like museums? Why not head to the Exploratorium and make a day out of your shoot? Hike to your favorite nature location, visit your favorite restaurant, or perhaps just recreate a favorite activity in the home– so long as it feels true to your cherished memories, it’s a good location for a shoot. The next considerations are more technical: avoiding crowds, placing shade in front of and behind your subjects, and shooting in the right color scheme to fit with your outfits (and the frame you plan on using); however, so long as your theme and activity are good, the photograph will mean exponentially more, no matter the technical expertise.


2. Camera Settings

Easily the most complex part of the process, the settings you use for your photoshoot will end up being the determining factor of the “photo quality” immediately visible in your pictures. While having a nicer camera capable of capturing the highest resolution is nice, it’s actually the settings such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Exposure that give your photo the “professional touch” that most people look for. These settings will allow you to blur the background, experiment with light and shadows, or perfectly focus your photos on your subjects, and while they may be complicated to learn, they’re definitely worth the effort.


3. Planning and Poses

Depending on the age of your subjects, this can be the easiest or hardest part of the process. The first step is choosing outfits that fit with the theme and color scheme of the photo; however, make sure not to overcomplicate things. Eye-catching clothing has its place, but in a family portrait the focus should be on the group of subjects, not what they’re wearing. After your outfits are selected, the poses can be decided upon. While there are an infinite number of poses to experiment with, it’s not recommended that you take a sitting portrait. Not only can this crumple the body in an unflattering way, it can make the process much more difficult if you’re running back and forth to the tripod to the sitting position while trying to take the photos.


(Alt). Skip the Hassle!

While all this is possible to do on your own, the amount of effort and self-taught camerawork required is often out of the question for a young family. Not only that, but managing the shoot while simultaneously managing the subjects can be particularly tricky, especially with young children. A simple solution to this is to hire a professional portrait photographer with the experience and skills necessary to walk you through the process, which cuts down on the stress of wearing the many hats of both parent and photographer. In the end, it may simply be the better option to hire a professional to truly capture your family moments, giving you an astoundingly beautiful record to cherish for years to come.




The Studio & The Experience…

Hello friends..welcome!!!

Amelia Plumb Photography is all about creating beautiful portraits. From business head shots, to ladies glamour, to beautiful child photography, to engaging and fun family photography. 

My photography studio is in the San Francisco Bay Area and I provide a mix of indoor (studio) photos and outdoor (nature) photos. We start with a phone call or an online inquiry (via my website), and we will chat about what you are looking for from a photo session with me. Next, we schedule a consultation, either in studio or over the phone to discuss your photo session…how you would like to be photographed. Is there anyone you would like to be photographed with? We can make a corporate/business headshot into a photo session with your favorite person. We can design your session according to your needs and the look you are going for. It is important to discuss what you’re going to wear, clothing changes, artistic shots if you want them, and color. What are you trying to convey about yourself? We discuss this - especially if you’re in business and you want to attract a certain kind of client. What you wear says a lot about you. I am happy to give suggestions, and think on how we can achieve the photos you want to walk away with. At this first pre-photo session meeting (which is usually in person) you get to see all of the beautiful products offered, which is important so we can create your photo shoot around this. If you are looking for an album of your family, I will keep this in mind as I plan our photo shoot. Finally we schedule your photography session date.

Our next meeting is the day of the photo shoot. I include hair and makeup (for the ladies). I highly recommend it, and I have the best hair and makeup people to help you look your best. I partner with Calm Salon on Piedmont Avenue for photo shoots. They are the best and I trust them to make you look beautiful - not over done at all. Professional make up should be a requirement (In my opinion) for a photo shoot. Since we are using a lot of (natural) light during photo shoots, your normal amount of makeup can get washed out and that’s not a good end result. Not at all! A little extra makeup is necessary and it’s best to leave this job to the pros. I want to be sure you’ll overjoyed with your photos!! Because of this, I have included this hair and makeup service into my pricing. No more running around like a crazy person trying to get your hair and makeup done at several locations….simply arrive an hour before your shoot at my studio and we can chat and plan while you’re being beautified. It’s a one stop shop here at Amelia Plumb Photography! Come relax, enjoy some pampering, some glam and feel more comfortable and less stressed rolling in to your photo shoot.

At our third meeting ( the meeting after your photo shoot) you will experience your exiting studio “reveal”. You get to see your beautiful photographs printed on a wall, and looking their best - you looking your best. It’s so much fun for me too! The reason I do this is I want my clients to see their photos in print, to hold them, feel them….and look at them up close. Since we will be meeting in person, we get to talk about your favorites, possibly some changes that might be necessary (I am happy to make edits, if you see a photo you love but a hair seems out of place or you see something else that could be easily removed or adjusted).  Next you will decide what you would like to purchase and order from my product menu. At this point hopefully you will have an idea of what you would like to purchase, since you will have seen the products at the first two visits, so the ordering session should be pretty easy. It’s a good time to think about who in your family would like some of your beautiful images, something framed or an album. 

Each image you purchase comes with a digital file and a professional print that is matted. I want you to walk away from our final meeting with something you can hold and show your family, and digital files so you can use them for your business or share with friends and family on Facebook or other social media or sharing sites. 

If you would like more information about Amelia Plumb Photography and how my sessions work, please send me a message! I would love to talk with you, answer any questions you might have, and share more information with you based on the kind of session you are looking for. 

Women and children are my favorite subject to photograph, because of their distinct and unique beauty. 

I also love to photograph men too! Guys, I promise the experience will be fun and easy - I know it seems painful, but I always try to make the session painless and an adventure. When was was the last time you had a “real” photo taken of you? Let’s create something amazing!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

– Amelia

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