Welcome to the
Hamilton Creek Photography Family!
I believe once we spend an hour or two together, and weeks planning your perfect and fun family session, you truly become part of the Hamilton Creek family. Custom portrait photography doesn't have to be super formal, and the same old experience every time. I say portraits, but really, I want to tell your story. I want to tell your family's story. What makes you guys special? I start all sessions with the customary formal family portraits. Then we move onto siblings, and individual children and parent/couple poses and all the poses you request. For extended family portraits it is very important to get me a "shot list" of the groupings you find most important. I have lots of experience with larger families and larger groupings, but knowing what is most important to you beforehand helps expedite the shot list as well as ensure we get all the groupings. The day of the session, it can be exciting and a bit hectic with larger groups, so that bit of leg work beforehand helps keep us all running smoother. I love to capture the unexpected real moments in between, too. How do I do it all? Well, you being prepared helps a lot. So yes, it may be a bit of light reading before your session, but I do find it helps you know what the process is, and helpful tips to make the quick session go as well as it can!
The in between is usually where the magic happens...so don't forget to relax and enjoy your family together!
What to do now that you booked a session?
Start with your outfits! Plan a color or outfit for the person hardest to dress first. Got it? Okay, is it comfortable? Fits well and doesn't wrinkle easy (if it does, plan on changing at your location)? Then start pulling in a few colors from that outfit or find something that coordinates - NOT matches exactly. You want personality and your style represented first. So if you love color, use it! If you love neutrals, go for that! Matching and looking all the same in one color and solid is not the best way to stand out in your photos. Look at my website, look at the pictures that you love most. What is it that sets those pictures apart? Is it the location, is it their clothing, or is it the connections? Whatever that is that you love, let me know and I can help point you in the right direction. Remember stripes that are small and ginghams can photograph weird, so sometimes, those patterns are best under another clothing layer (like a sweater or jacket). Read below for more what to wear quick tips!