26 Jun 2022

The perfect family portrait

Probably the most difficult type of portrait to organise and yet, ultimately the most rewarding. Why is it so difficult to arrange?

Probably the most difficult type of portrait to organise and yet, ultimately the most rewarding. Why is it so difficult to arrange?

Well, being a group of people, their free time is dictated by lifestyle and activities, children, grandchildren, travel distance, day of the week, living in different places. The list goes on and on. But no matter what the difficulty, eventually, it should get done and as time goes by and we all get a little older, the benefits of having a family portrait soon become apparent.

How? Well we never grow old in a portrait, and we are always together as a family in a portrait.

So, when is a good time for a family portrait? Now is the time. As soon as the idea comes to you, is the time. Don’t wait for someone to be emigrate, don’t wait for someone to be unwell and don’t wait for someone to be missing.

Make the time and your “idea” will prove to be the best idea you ever had.

What do you have to do to organise a family portrait?

1. Set a date with us, Redmonds of Roscrea, the Photographers. 0505 21936

2. Have a consultation with us to decide on venue clothing, colour scheme, style.

3. Will the portrait be a single piece or part of a collection. Where will it/they hang in your home? We can visit your home and advise you on where best to display them, if necessary

You should consider other groups to make a collection of portraits. Groups like parents as a couple, siblings, grandchildren and in-laws, 3 or 4 generations. Portrait collections can make for more interest and scale to a wall where a single portrait can look too small and lonely. A horizontal display or cluster can make a feature wall more complete.

Indoors or outdoors?

Ireland’s climate can make it difficult to organise an outdoor shoot but not impossible. However having a portrait shoot in your favourite locations can be a great experience. Why not tie it in with a picnic?

Studio or home?

A home shoot can make things easy to organise. There is a great familiarity about a home portrait. It can be relaxing and quite nice to use your own familiar background. A studio session on the other hand can be a very enjoyable experience. It allows the use of more neutral backgrounds and like home shoots can be arranged for daytime or evenings.

Clothing and colour schemes are always top of the list of questions and we can advise you on that as well.

The rule of thumb is light, bright clothes for an informal look. Darker clothes for a more formal look. In either case colours should be from the same palette without patterns or logos.

We include cosmetic retouching for all our portraits, e.g. we can remove temporary blemishes such as acne, cuts, bruises, dark circles under the eyes etc.

Family portraits are all about capturing a moment in time and keeping the family together for future generations to enjoy.

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