Raleigh Family Photography
Welcome to my Family Gallery! I am Brad Ipock, owner/photographer for Blended Light Photography. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look around. If you have questions or would like to schedule your session contact me here!
Why Family Photography is Important
With the advent of camera phones, family photography has almost fallen by the wayside. Rather, mom or dad or kids takes a family image on their forever to viewed nowhere else but that phone. Couple issues with that. First, you’re missing a family member – the one taking the picture. Second, what happens to that picture when you drop your phone in the pool and the phone dies? It’s likely gone. Therefore, it’s important not only to have professional family images done, but to print some of those images – the prints become a keepsake for you, your family and your future family members.
Making it Fun!
If I wanted you to stand there like a statue and grin, I’d ask you to. But I don’t. In fact, more than anything, I want you to naturally interact. I keep posing very simple and let you fill in the blanks. This creates a situation where personalities come out and that’s what makes your family images great! One of the best family sessions I ever had was a mom and dad and their two daughters. The older daughter was little quiet and reserved, kind of the picture-perfect kid. Their other child let her personality come out, referring to me as “Picture Man” for the whole sessions, even posing herself for individual portraits. While the two personalities conflicted, they came out in the pictures and the family walked away with a gorgeous set of images!
What to Wear
Dress for the weather and dress for comfort. Look nice and please don’t dress alike! I guess if you want to you can dress alike. I suggest wearing colors complementing each other as well as the location. Wearing a beach shirt in the fall isn’t going to be the best idea, but if that’s what you wear, so be it. I do suggest if the day is windy that ladies pull their hair back to keep it out of their face and at least a little under control.
Where to go
I cover some of my top locations in the area in my article found here. I encourage all my families to pick somewhere that holds special importance to your family or somewhere you haven’t been before. There are a lot of well-known and well used locations in the area that are chosen because the photographer wants to go there, so go somewhere different. The “hot spot” this year just means you’re likely to have the same background as your neighbor or office mate. Try that lesser known location or that unique location, like your backyard if you have a nice one.
When is the Best Time?
There is two ways for this question to be defined. First would be time of the year. Because of the relatively moderate climate we have here in North Carolina, almost any time of the year is good. If you are allergic to pollen, skip the spring. Hate the heat or cold? You know where I’m going with that one. The second way to define it would be the time of day. There’s a couple ways I look at this depending on your location. Almost all locations are best early in the morning or late in the afternoon as the daylight is softer and warmer. However, your location needs to work with that too. For example, you wouldn’t want to do a session where you are looking straight into the sun because to turn around would have 3 houses, 2 rickety barns and a fence in the background. Here’s a couple tips for choosing your location:
- Watch the sun – I will not let you stand facing the sun and squinting
- Watch the background – Fences cars are impossible to remove in post, look for a clean backdrop. Keep an eye on trash cans and roadways too.
- Make it fun or natural – Location should have meaning or at least bring smiles and laughs
- Picture yourself there – Can you visualize your family picture there? Does it look like you want?
- Imagine it on your wall – Does it fit well with your décor and hanging on your wall?
Final Family Photography Thoughts
Simply said, anytime is a great time for updating or starting your family pictures. Even when the situation isn’t quite right (someone broke their arm, it’s colder than expected, it’s raining, so on), you’re still with your family and that’s what matters. Moments are moments and they can’t be recaptured or recreated. Don’t delay them!
Thank you again for taking time to view my gallery. I look forward to working with all my family clients and can’t wait to speak with you about your family session!
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