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You are what you wear – Surrey Portrait Photographer

January 13th, 2010

You are what you wear. A little cliché?  Perhaps.  But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product. Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be: Brand New I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band […]

 

You are what you wear.

A little cliché?  Perhaps.  But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product.

Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be:

  1. Brand New

    I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band T’s, and worn converse shoes – as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.

  2. Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive

    Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling).   If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.

  3. Matching
    No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks.  In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t.  If you’re heart is set on everyone in white button downs and khaki pants, I’m probably not your girl.

  4. Stressful
    No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory.  This is supposed to be fun.   If you’re unsure – call me, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous.  I promise.

I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:

Feels Good.
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.

As for the kids? Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.

Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.

Looks Good.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be me) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.

Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography. If you’re really looking for extra help, I can put you in touch with some incredible folks who make people look good for a living.

Bottom Line: If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.

Makes Sense.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.

Glup. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 in the top list, and remember, don’t stress).

Before you even begin figuring out your wardrobe, we’ll have an in depth consultation to narrow down what you really want for your pictures, choose the perfect location and make sure you have an understanding about how that all comes together in the finished photograph.   I’m with you every step of the way.

Bottom Line: It’s easier than it seems.Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you can’t get Tommy out of his spider man cape and favorite Star Wars pajama top. If we’re going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely not decide to wear your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. [unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it).

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If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple  belted shirt – I’ve got good news.  You don’t have to decide.   Bring lots of options.  Heck – throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car.  When we get to the session we’ll wing it all with fabulous results.  Trust me.

Now take a deep breath.  Close your eyes.  Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-America’s-Next-Top-Model  you’re all going to look in those pictures….

Can you see it yet?  I totally can.  OMG, you look INCREDIBLE!

I can’t wait for your session.

(thank you to the lovely Jeanette LeBlanc for this excerpt www.jeanetteleblanc.com)

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New Pricing Structure for 2010

December 27th, 2009

Custom Portrait Photography is a wonderful way to capture your family’s connection and love. Thank you for choosing Deanna Nilson Photography to help you archive memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. After portfolio building for the better part of a year I am now making the move towards fully going into business.  When […]

 

Custom Portrait Photography is a wonderful way to capture your family’s connection and love. Thank you for choosing Deanna Nilson Photography to help you archive memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

After portfolio building for the better part of a year I am now making the move towards fully going into business.  When I had initially set up my website I had posted the full price of my sessions and was giving a 50% discount.  I have restructured how I charge to more closely fit what I want to become as a photographer all the while keeping in mind the needs of my clients.  I have tried to make sure there is a package to fit everyone’s needs and price points.  I am also going to begin offering some new products – Gallery Wraps!

These prices will come into effect on Feb 1st 2010.

Each session includes about an hour of time at my in home studio or on location.  Your best 20-30 proofs will be uploaded to an online gallery for you to choose from as you build the package of your choosing.

A non-refundable DEPOSIT of $175 is due at the time of your session. This amount will be directly applied towards your full package price once you order.

THESE NEW PRICES COME INTO EFFECT Feb 1st. 2010.  ALL SESSIONS BEFORE FEB 1st 2010 will have the old session prices.

Packages

Bronze $175
A one hour in studio session.
Any 10 images from your proof gallery fully edited on a CD.
10% off of gallery wrapped canvases.

Silver $225
A one hour in studio or on location session (within Surrey or Langley)
Any 15 images from your proof gallery fully edited on a CD.
10% off of gallery wrapped canvases.

Gold $250
A one hour in studio or on location session (within Surrey or Langley)
Any 20 images from your proof gallery fully edited on a CD.
10% off of gallery wrapped canvases.

Platinum $300
A one hour in studio or on location session (within Surrey or Langley)
All images from your proof gallery fully edited on a CD
All images edited in both Colour and Black and White
10% off of gallery wrapped canvases.

Additional Options:
Purchase individual proof images to add onto your package for $15 per image.
Purchase your entire proof order in Black and White for an additional $25.

Gallery Wrapped Canvas:
These are truly beautiful works of art.  They do not require framing and are a gorgeous way to showcase your family in your home.  Samples are available for viewing at the studio. Other sizes available upon request.

11×14 – $225          16×20 – $275
20×24 – $350        24×36 – $400

Deanna Nilson maintains copyright of all images taken, and reserves the right for usage in promotion, competition, and exhibition.