I am a Columbus, Ohio photographer (but willing to travel)! Call me or email me to capture your big moments.
kmnicoll@gmail.com or 614-556-6285.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fall Mini Session Sign up

Fall is in the air!  It is time to book your family photo mini sessions.

Mini sessions are great if you want a family photo and a couple of individual portraits.  These are perfect for families with young children. In a 10-minute mini session, you can expect 15-20 finished images in your gallery to choose from.  These may include family group pictures as well as individual portraits.  Mini sessions are fast-paced and fun.  These really are great for kids (and parents) with little patience for family photos.  Mini sessions are scheduled back-to-back, so please arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled time.
You may book two time slots back-to-back ($50/each) and you will get 4 digital downloads from your gallery.  Payment is required to book a session.
If you are interested in a full family session (more locations, more poses, more time), please contact me at kmnicoll@gmail.com or 614-556-6285 to schedule.

Here are some of the opportunies coming up:

On Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at the River Bluff Area of Highbanks MetroPark (8400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus 43235), I have 10-minute family sessions available from 5-7pm.  Sessions are $50 and include two digital images that can be downloaded from your online gallery.  You also have the option to purchase more digital pictures or photo prints.  The first $500 goes to the Granby Elementary PTA. River Bluff Area is located on a scenic hilltop overlooking the Olentangy River valley and is a beautiful location for pictures. There are no restrooms at this location... be warned... or prepared.

Book a River Bluff Session

On Wednesday, September 5, I have family mini sessions at Wyman Woods Park (1520 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, Ohio) from 5:30-7pm.  I also have mini sessions on September 12 and 19 from 5-7pm.  Sessions are $50 and include two digital images as well as the option to purchase more pictures from the gallery. Wyman Woods has an open field and wooded area. There are restrooms at this location.

Book a Wyman Woods Session

I will be doing family mini sessions at Hard Road Park (1250 Hard Rd, Columbus 43235) on Sept 8, 15, and 24.  Sessions are $50 and include two digital images as well as the option to purchase more pictures from the gallery. Hard Road Park has a wildflower meadow and woods. There is a port-o-potty at this location.

Book a Hard Rd Park mini session

In case of rain, an alternate date or location will be given.  Cancellations due to weather are refundable.  Cancellations for other reasons are subject to a $5 cancellation fee.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Family Photos! What should we wear?

Planning family pictures can be tricky.  You got a photographer and a great location, now you have to look like you've got it together.  
Here are a few tips to help you get a picture-perfect family portrait...
First of all, look happy!  Mom and Dad have to smile no matter what.  Little kids can be crazy and it still works.  If Mom is crazy, the picture doesn't work.  (This is a RULE and there are no exceptions to this one.)  Sometimes teens make weird faces... and that's okay.  Even if your kids aren't having it, keep smiling.  This family picture is a moment in time... good, bad, sassy, crazy, whatever.

 Start  with neutrals.  Gray, tan, cream, white, black, denim, khaki, etc and add a pop of color.  Try to mix up the shades of your neutrals (some light and some dark) so your family doesn't blend into an indistinguishable herd.
Choose clothes with a flattering fit. Not too (tight buttons pulling or clothes stretching too much don't look great). Not too loose either (giant pants gathered with a belt aren't flattering in photos). 
What about patterns?  Plaids, stripes, small prints, florals, etc can all work, but they are not recommended if the pattern is very busy or the colors are too eye-catching.  How can you tell?  Look at your outfit from a distance, where does your eye go first?  If you see your face first, the outfit works.  If your eyes go to your outfit first, it is to busy/loud.
Layers add dimension to your outfits..  An open cardigan or jacket is a slimming look. 

 Accessories can help unify the family's look.  Scarves, hats, bow ties, necklaces, etc add a great pop of color.

 Large logos and graphic tees are distracting...
But you can't got wrong with Scarlet and Gray in OH-IO!
These aren't hard and fast rules.  Below is a picture of my family that has become a favorite... and I did put it on the B side of our Christmas card that year.  The preschooler chose her outfit... lace skirt and athletic leggings.  And there was a lot of action going on. But this is very authentic.
This is better.
 Here we go... much better on a totally different day.
Photo credit Walking Heart Photography... thanks for your extreme patience Heather Cesarz!