Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fun On Location Family Portrait Session in Cecil County, Maryland

Late summer and early fall are popular times to have a family portrait done. You are close enough to the holidays to avoid having any of the kids changing their appearance drastically by then and the weather is just gorgeous. (During hotter times, I recommend scheduling early morning or evening sessions so you are nice and comfortable.)

Going on location to a park or another fun spot, like the ice cream shop, can be a great way to get your kids excited about their family portraits. We went to Marina Park in Port Deposit, Maryland for this fun and relaxed photo session.
Family portrait in Marina Park in Port Deposit, Maryland

Friday, July 13, 2012

On Location Maryland Beauty Portraits - Fashion Photography on the Waterfront

When you love clothes and remember the fun of childhood dress up games, beauty portraits that have a fashion photography edge are a great idea. For this session, we headed to the waterfront for a fashion shoot with a beautiful fascinator and a tea length ballet skirt.

With fashion photography, less is often more. A few well chosen accessories are all you need.
Putting the emphasis on the fascinator gives this image a very fashion forward look.
Finding backdrops that fit the accessories adds to the fashion shoot feel.   
A styled session like this is the perfect option for a high school senior looking for a Maryland senior portrait experience that doesn't look or feel like anything like those high school gym portraits that go in the yearbook. Professional makeup*, wardrobe consultation, styling help and a shoot on location (or in several locations) gives a definite "model for a day" feel that is a lot of fun.

* If you'd like professional makeup and don't have a make up artist you use, be sure to let me know at the time of booking. There are several awesome artists I work with who will come on location with us to give you beautiful makeup that looks very natural and lovely. Their fees are usually $100 for makeup and basic hair styling for senior/beauty portraits, payable to the artist at the time of service.

Makeup and modeling by Sara Black. Styling and photography by Katelyn Thomas Photography.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

On Location Family Portrait Session - Havre de Grace, Maryland Photographer

Summer is so crammed with fun and photo shoots that it is hard to fit everything in, but we are sure trying! I am only halfway through writing last week's blog and it is already time for this week's. I wanted to take a moment to share a fun Maryland family portrait session at Tydings Memorial Park in Havre de Grace from the other day. This sweet little guy had his eye on a cool toy and was such a trouper. Smiles galore!

On location Maryland family portrait session collage created using a modified template from Ashe Designs.
I love early morning sessions for families because the kids are rested and raring to go. They have a lot more patience for things like sitting still and smiling for formal portraits when they want to be heading to the swing set or checking under a promising rock for bugs.

Of course, I still try to keep the posed portion of a session short and sweet when I'm working with a family. When I see the edges of the kids' patience fraying, I wrap up fast and move on to more candid shots as they explore their surroundings. (And I end their session with a little prize so they know I appreciate them putting on those itchy dress up clothes instead of their batman capes and rain boots and doing such an awesome job smiling for the camera so their mom can have a family portrait.)

If you don't have a recent family portrait, this is the perfect time to schedule one. The light is beautiful, early mornings are still cool and comfortable and the kids are all rosy cheeked and mellow from a few weeks of vacation.