The Portrait Process

WHAT WE DO
We are camera artists who bring out the best in people; producing timeless pieces that memorialize
your greatest treasure – your family!

THREE EASY STEPS FOR A FUN FAMILY EXPERIENCE

1 THE PLANNING MEETING

This is a no-charge introductory discussion at which we become acquainted and exchange creative ideas at our studio in Bellevue. We love getting to know you!

2 THE PORTRAIT SESSION
Indoors or out, at our studio or another location that reflects your individual lifestyle and family dynamics, a session is never rushed. Never! We are there to relax and enjoy your family. Once you are relaxed and comfortable, it will be so easy for you to look natural, you will love your portraits!

3 THE SELECTIONS MEETING
Several days after the portrait session, you can return to our studio in Bellevue to preview the projected images, choose your favorites, and select appropriate sizes.

THE REST IS UP TO US
We perfect all the images selected, just as portrait photographers have done since the inception of the art!
Then we make the individual custom prints to our own strict specifications.
On the larger pieces we add dyes and oils by hand and embed the image into a painter’s canvas for added depth, texture and durability.
The result is always a beautiful tribute to your family that you will be proud to feature in your home,
and enjoy for a lifetime!


ProcessFam 001The Portrait Session – What is it like?

We all have the same goal: for you to love your portraits!
The whole process is made to meet that success enjoyably with as little effort as possible.  With the consultation ahead of time, plenty of communication and planning, we expect to earn your trust so you can be relaxed and confident that you will look your best!

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How do I know I will look my best?
It’s not about the camera but about people.  We interact with you so your family is responding to a person, not a machine.  That’s how timeless expressions are made.
You can’t see yourself, so you can’t be responsible for how you look; we are!  There has been plenty of prep to this point.  Now you can look your best by simply responding.
We can see you.  We are deciding lighting, angle, etc… but mostly, timing for when you are responding warmly.

We give a family talk at the beginning of your portrait session.  We ask that you not answer for your children or look to make sure they are doing as we instruct.  Be patient in their responding to us.  That’s how we make such wonderful portraits of children and families.

Subject and photographer~ we make it happen together.

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Time and Place?
Together we settle on the best location and best time of day for your family.  We plan for up to two hours to be set aside for families.  The idea is to build comfort and a variety of ideas while not tiring or dragging on~ just the right amount of time to be productive, enjoyable and fun.  A variety of moods can be achieved at our studio, your home, or any other location, from the city to the mountains.  Through communication and planning we determine together the look and feeling to create.

Once the time and effort has been made to get together in the perfect place at the perfect time with the perfect clothes and perfect people, it’s worth a bit more effort to capture several different relationships.  Ahead of time we discuss priorities but beyond that there are easily hidden gems that might not have been thought of.
You will love your portraits!

“It’s easy!”