Family Portrait Sessions Can Be Formal and Full of Love … if you’re willing to let them be

When I’m preparing to photograph a family’s portrait I ask them two things “where will the prints be hung?” and “what do you want the photo to say about your family?”.

The first question is easy to answer “It will be hung in our formal sitting room, over our vintage baby grand, illuminated by color corrected museum lighting”,  or “We’re going to hang it in the family room, right above the pool table beside our other photos of the family”.

The second question is even easier to answer “We want the photo to capture the love and respect that we have for each other … but I’m not sure that I can get the family to show it”

Well, that’s two very different scenarios and will result in two very different poses and backgrounds.   And both can be epic.  If I can get everyone to let their guard down.

Personality, the true family dynamic, the bond that comes from relying on each other through thick and thin, good grades and bad, good haircuts and bad is hard to capture early on in the session.

This image is my favorite from the session with this beautiful family. It’s classic, timeless and worthy of being passed down for generations.

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But it wasn’t until they all changed into black T-shirts toward the end of our session did I see them relax. They became so comfortable because they weren’t posing as much as they were a family just being family.

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Now, remember, I said that the more formal image was my favorite. I’m guessing that it will also be the family’s favorite. Because there are two kinds of “timeless”. Images that capture family as art and images that capture family as “family”.

Images for the formal areas that show how beautiful the family really is and images for the family to look at and remember how much their love for each other is.

Epic images, all of them.

 

Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photographer with studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA 02032 By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

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The Walk Down the Aisle – With Your Dad

If you’re in the planning phase for your Wedding Day you’re thinking about the venue, flowers, photography, music, food, transportation and it’s totally overwhelming isn’t it ?

That day will be one of the biggest milestones of your life when you look back. And it might also be a blur of tightly scheduled “get dressed at this time”, “be here at this time” , “cut the cake now” and then someone says “We’d like to thank you all for coming … let’s have another round of applause for the new Mr & Mrs …” and you look around and wonder what you missed in all the chaos.

After photographing so many wedding days the one thing I see that seems to get lost in the chaos is Father – Daughter time [or just insert the person here who’s been your rock] .  The one time you’re truly alone with your Dad on your Wedding Day is when you’re standing together at the venue waiting for the doors to open and walking down the aisle.

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As the doors open you see the church, all those friends and family, it is a magical moment which unfolds and develops and grows as you walk down the aisle. At first Dad is smiling and being strong. You’re holding on to him. And then you both realize how momentous this walk really is. You hold each other closer; tears of joy and pride and happiness well in your eyes as you walk slowly together. You remember all those days growing up and the times you’ve leaned on him, relied on him. And I’m doing my best to capture these moments which will never be repeated as I tear up.

So as a Dad who has walked his own Daughter down the aisle … and who doesn’t remember a single step of that walk, I’d like to suggest that you also add some time to that crazy busy wedding day planning schedule to hang out alone with your Dad the night before the wedding and not try to squeeze it in that morning .. when bridesmaids and florists and photographers and wedding planners all want your attention.

That way  you can both privately share with each other how happy you are that this day has come and also spend a moment remembering your lives together and not have to do it as you’re walking down the aisle. But bring a whole box of tissues …

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The Groom – smiling at the sight of his Bride

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The hand off – Both Dad and Groom smile as it all becomes real

 

Dan Busler is a professional portrait, performance and event photographer with studios located south of Boston in Walpole MA. You can see more of his work at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com