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The Importance of Family Photography at Every Stage of Life

The Importance of Family Photography at Every Stage of Life 1703 2560 Bryan Macaulay

In the fast-paced whirlwind of life, it’s easy to overlook the significance of capturing precious moments with your loved ones. Family photography isn’t just about creating beautiful images; it’s about freezing moments in time, preserving memories, and celebrating the unique bond that ties generations together. In this blog post, we’ll explore why booking a photography session at every stage of life with your parents and children is an invaluable investment.

New Beginnings: Maternity and Newborn Sessions
The journey of family life often begins with the anticipation of a new member. Maternity sessions beautifully capture the excitement and love as parents eagerly await their little one’s arrival. Newborn sessions, on the other hand, freeze those fleeting moments when your tiny bundle of joy is just starting to explore the world. These sessions not only create timeless images but also serve as a heartwarming reminder of the beautiful beginnings of your family.

Childhood Adventures: Toddler and School Years
As children grow, their personalities blossom, and their sense of wonder is at its peak. Toddler and school-age years are filled with laughter, curiosity, and boundless energy. Photographs taken during this stage serve as a delightful time capsule, showcasing the innocence and joy that define childhood. These images become cherished keepsakes, allowing you to relive those playful moments long after they’ve passed.

Teenage Transitions: Capturing Milestones
Teenage years bring about significant transformations, both physically and emotionally. From the first day of high school to prom night, these milestones deserve to be documented. Family photography during the teenage years not only captures the essence of your growing children but also reflects the evolving dynamics within the family. These images become bridges connecting the past, present, and future of your family narrative.

Parental Pride: Family Portraits
While individual and children-focused sessions are vital, family portraits provide an opportunity to celebrate the unity and love that binds the family together. These timeless images serve as a visual testament to the journey you’ve undertaken together. Family portraits become a source of pride, reminding you of the strength and resilience that comes with navigating the various stages of life side by side.

Generational Legacy: Grandparents and Extended Family Sessions
Including grandparents and extended family members in photography sessions adds depth to your family story. These images not only capture the intergenerational connections but also serve as a treasured legacy for future generations. Grandparents, in particular, play a pivotal role in family history, and documenting their presence ensures that their stories are passed down through the visual medium. These are some of my favourite sessions to be a part of. There’s nothing like seeing the love a grandparent has for their grandchildren and being able to capture that for the rest of time!

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to postpone or forget the significance of family photography. However, investing in photography sessions at every stage of life ensures that you have a visual chronicle of your family’s journey. These images become more than just photographs; they become a tangible legacy, a timeless testament to the love, growth, and joy that defines your unique family story. So, embrace the opportunity to freeze time and capture the beauty of every stage of life with your parents and children, creating a treasure trove of memories that will last a lifetime.

Why are Family pictures so important?

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In the fast-paced world we live in, moments come and go in the blink of an eye. The laughter of children, the warmth of shared embraces, and the joy of being together as a family are all fleeting experiences that deserve to be captured forever. Family photography is not just about capturing faces; it’s about freezing moments in time that tell a story of love, connection, and shared experiences. In this blog post, we’ll explore the profound importance of getting family pictures and how a skilled family photographer can help create lasting memories.

Creating Timeless Memories:

Family photographs are more than just images; they are time capsules that transport you back to a specific moment in your life. Whether it’s a candid shot of your children playing, a tender embrace between parents, or a group portrait capturing the essence of your family dynamic, these images become treasured memories that can be revisited and shared for generations to come.

Celebrating Milestones:

Life is filled with milestones, both big and small, and each one is an opportunity to capture the essence of your family’s journey. From the first steps of a toddler to graduations, birthdays, and family reunions, a family photographer can document these significant moments, allowing you to relive and celebrate them whenever you desire.

Documenting Growth and Change:

Children grow up fast, and families evolve over time. Family photography provides a means to document the growth and changes that occur within your family unit. Looking back at pictures taken over the years allows you to appreciate the journey, see how far you’ve come, and embrace the changes that make your family unique.

Strengthening Bonds:

The process of getting family pictures can be a bonding experience in itself. The shared activity of planning a photo session, choosing outfits, and being in front of the camera together strengthens the emotional connection within the family. The resulting photographs serve as a reminder of the love and unity that binds you together.

In a world filled with constant motion and change, family photography provides a means to capture the beauty of the present moment. It’s a testament to the love, laughter, and shared experiences that define your family. So, consider investing in a skilled family photographer to freeze these precious moments in time – for in doing so, you’re not just creating pictures; you’re crafting a legacy that will be cherished for generations to come.

P.S. I am now booking family sessions for 2024! Fill out my contact form today to learn how I can help you freeze time. Don’t let this season go by without taking a moment to capture it!

Can you use a selfie for your LinkedIn?

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Can you use a selfie for your LinkedIn Profile?

Yes you can, but just remember that you want to look professional.

Linkedin is geared towards business persons who are looking to connect with others in the working world. 

Selfies are great and so much fun when used in the right settings. 

I’ve got lots of selfies with my kids, grandkids, from vacations and to showcase quick memories in the moment, like this picture from a Grimsby Chamber Golf Tournament.

Does this look like a professional picture?

Most of the time, selfies are used for leisure activities and don’t come across as professional as you’d like them to be. 

Cell phone cameras use a wide angle lens, which is not ideal for a portrait. They often cause areas to look much larger than they actually are. 

If you are going to use a selfie for this purpose, I would recommend setting up your phone on a tripod and using the back camera to get a more natural “posed” photograph. 

But my personal opinion is that you should absolutely have a professional business portrait for your Linkedin profile. 

There are many photographers who take fantastic business portraits, and I would be happy to recommend someone if my style doesn’t fit with what you are looking for. 

If you have any questions, I am always happy to help!

Bryan

How to take better pictures at the beach 

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Hi Friends!

I’m back with more photography tips for you.

If you are planning a family beach day this summer – be sure to follow these quick & simple tips below!

I am going to give you all of the steps to take the BEST photos possible at the beach… These tips work for both on your iPhone and on your DSLR. 

Step 1 is to make sure that your lens is clean & that you have a safe space to store your device when you are not using it. The WORST thing for cameras is water and sand. 

Step 2 is to figure out what you are going to photograph. Make sure that your photos have a focal point and that is the MAIN focus of your photograph. 

Step 3 is to assess your lighting. The sun is very bright and makes your subjects very squinty! The easiest way to correct this is to find a shady tree, or have your subject stand in the shadow of an umbrella. 

That’s it friends. Keep it simple. 

Let me know how your beachy photos turn out! I can’t wait to see them. 

Bryan

Family with kids

Full Family Sessions

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 What’s the difference between our Family Timeless package and a Mini Session?

Hi Friends!

As promised, I am back giving you all of the details about why a full family session is different from our mini sessions. 

We have TWO main family session options and I will break them both down for you today. 

First up is our Family Timeless Package. 

With all of our full family sessions, you are the decision maker. That means that your photoshoot is where you say and when you say… because we all know its not always easy to get the family together!

Our family timeless package is designed for core families to come together and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

My goal is that these photographs will be displayed in your home for years to come, for your kids, and one day grandchildren to look back on and enjoy. 

These sessions are up to 45 minutes long with multiple opportunities for different poses, and different spots within our location to take photographs. 

We do everything we can to get a variety of photos with all family members so there are lots of photos to choose from!

After your session, you will receive an online gallery to view your photos (generally 100+) to choose your favourites. You can place your order directly online, or book a time to come into the studio to narrow down your choices. 

With the Family Timeless package, you receive an order credit of $250.00 to use towards your purchase!

Next up is our Generational Legacy Package. 

This package is truly near and dear to our hearts. This package is exactly what it sounds like. 

This is a chance to capture the magic of your family’s legacy through the generations. 

With this session, we recommend getting the whole family together… brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, great grandparents… maybe leave the boyfriends and girlfriends out 😉 … just kidding… we can handle that for you during the photoshoot. We don’t mind kicking people out of the photos in the kindest of ways. 

Before your session, we like to set up a consultation to review all of the details of the session to be sure we are all on the same page. 

Because we’ve got such a big group, this generally takes a little longer. We spend up to an hour and a half with your family; as we like to make sure everyone gets a fantastic group photo with different poses and backgrounds, as well as individual core family photos and photos with each couple… and any other variations you’d like. 

After your session, you will receive an online gallery to view your photos (generally 100+) to choose your favourites. You can place your order directly online, or book a time to come into the studio to narrow down your choices; just the same as our family timeless package

With the Generational Legacy Package, you receive an order credit of $400.00 to use towards your purchase!

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There you have it friends, the difference between Mini Sessions and our Full Family Sessions! 

In case you missed my blog post about mini sessions, you can read about them here… and as always if you have any questions about what the right choice is for your family – I am always happy to help!

Bryan

Mini Sessions – What are they?

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Our mini sessions started because we all know someone who really hates getting photos taken… or little ones who can’t focus long enough to last for a full session. 

For me… that would be my grandson. 

My oldest grandson, Robert; is a busy 3 year old. He is a runner and he sure is bossy… which means our photoshoots with him are fast because we have to move quickly to keep up with him! 

So … we’ve crafted the perfect scenario for your busy life to ensure that you can have memorable photos at every stage of your families lives. 

Here’s what our Mini’s are all about:

✔️ 15 minutes long… this gives us enough time to get plenty of variety without loosing their attention. 

✔️ 1 location to ensure we keep everyones focus on what is important *photos with your family*

✔️ Specific date – We like to keep things condensed on specific days so we can keep the cost down for you

✔️ Quality time with your family. We LOVE to host our mini sessions at special locations to allow for a fun filled family day. This allows us to get the photoshoot done quickly so you have time to explore the area and make memories as a family.

✔️ Make it fun! Especially with young kids, it is critical to make photoshoots a great experience for them so they are excited to come back again and that is our #1 goal!

At the end of the day, we want to make sure that you and your family have fun and have the best possible experience getting your photo taken!

So if you’ve got a busy family, or maybe a partner who just doesn’t like having their photo taken… maybe our mini sessions are the right fit for you. 

Stay tuned for our next blog post that will tell you all about our Timeless Family Package and how it is different from our Mini sessions. 

Talk to you again soon, 

Bryan

Fireworks & Sparklers

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Hi friends!

It’s been a minute since I’ve written on my blog… but I am back and so excited to share all of the new things I’ve been learning!

Just in time for the May long weekend; I took some time to figure out the best settings for you to use on your iPhone, DSLR or Mirrorless camera to take photos of your fireworks or your family playing with sparklers. 

So first things first… you need to wait until it is dark! 

Next up… it is always best to use a tripod for this type of photography as we are going to be using a long exposure. This will help to make sure that you get a clear photo with the fireworks and sparklers in motion!

Okay, iPhone users this part is for you!

You are going to turn on your live photos… 

After you take the photo, you are going to go to your photo gallery & in the top left corner your going to click on the live button and it will bring up a drop down menu. From the options listed – choose long exposure. You will see your photo transform and will get the full effect from your sparkers and fireworks.

That’s it … its that simple!

Now, for all of my friends using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera… 

While you have your camera on a tripod… you are going to change your settings to Manual mode. 

Then you will change the aperture to F-22 or F-16 … ISO to 100 and your shutter speed is 16seconds. Your white balance should be set to daylight… this will give the sparkler a nice orange look. 

You’ll want to set up the shot ahead of time and pre-focus your lens. 

Pro-Tip: you might want to use a flashlight to help focus your camera, as they generally have a hard time focusing in the dark… OH and be sure to turn your auto focus off after you have pre-focused. 

Now if you are like me and prefer watching a video – you can click here to watch the video!

Now that you’ve got everything set up… be sure to be sure to take lots of photos to capture these memories! 

Happy Shooting 🎆📸

Newborn must have photos

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Calling all soon to be moms & dads!

First of all, congratulations!! This is such an exciting time in your life. Everything is about to change, for the better of course. 

Once this day arrives, I want to be sure you capture all of the little moments of your time with your newborn. 

Here are a few of photos that you HAVE TO get! These timeless photos are so precious and you only get once chance to get it right. But these photos will always be worth it & last a lifetime. 

Family 

This one is number one. This is a time to connect and bond as a new family and capture your love and connection as a family; for your newborn.

Mom & baby/ Dad & baby

I always recommend doing individual photos with your newborn as well as the family.

Having one on one time with your baby is something so special and something everyone absolutely adores 💕

Siblings with baby

If we have siblings, they always get to join in on the fun! During this new phase, siblings can often feel left out… and no one likes that! Let them show you how much they love their new sibling and get in on the photoshoot fun. 

Baby alone in a prop (bucket or wooden bowl)

Now, its all about baby! 

We photograph your little one in a bowl / basket with blankets and different textiles. 

We have a variety of colour options here at the studio, but you are always welcome to bring things that are meaningful to you as well. 

Baby wrapped on the beanbag 

Then we move on to wrapping and swaddling! 

We wrap baby in a variety of different poses and photograph them on our bean bag. 

This is a newer style of baby photography and I think it is just so stunning!

Its the little things

Lastly, we photograph all the little things. 


The tiny fingers & toes are everyones favourite! 

We generally take photos of them by themselves and sometimes even holding mom/dads finger. 

Now, I’ve given you my list… is there any photos you’ve seen that I’m missing? 

I’d love your feedback!

Bryan

10 Things To Do Before Your Photo Session

10 Things To Do Before Your Photo Session 2560 1709 Bryan Macaulay

Hello again, welcome back!


One question I’ve been getting often this year is “what should I do before my session to get ready?”. 


I know this is a very broad question; but I’ve been getting it often!


So, I thought I would share some of my biggest tips here with you. 

  1. Pick your outfits out ahead of time and make sure they are clean
  2. Practice your hair & makeup 
  3. If you need a haircut / colour I would recommend doing this at least 2 weeks before for laddies & for men about 3-5 days before your photoshoot.
  4. Gather any props you might need (or ask your photographer if they have the props you are looking for
  5. Eat, Drink, and rest the day of your session
  6. Only bring the Necessities – don’t over do it – BUT Bring a change of clothes for the kids, because life happens
  7. Depending on what type of shoot you are having & for the men out there – shave the night before
  8. Pre-plan your locations, know where you are meeting & what the plan is so that you can wear…
  9. Appropriate footwear. Heels aren’t ideal if you are going to be hiking! Know where you are going and what will be appropriate. 
  10. Communicate with your photographer about any questions / concerns and then RELAX this is meant to be a fun experience! 

I hope this helps you prepare for your next photoshoot! 📸

Bryan

How to take photos in the snow

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Welcome Back!

Professional snow photos online always look so beautiful, but when you take photos of snow they turn out blue or just dull. 
Is this you? 

Don’t worry, I have a SIMPLE solution for you! 

All you have to do is adjust your exposure & white balance! These two things will get you that crisp white snow you are looking for.

For most cameras; setting your white balance somewhere between 6000-8000 should do the trick.

 

This is something that you are going to have to play with on your camera specifically, until you get to that bright white you are looking for!

For your exposure… Choosing a fast shutter speed, somewhere between f/1.2 – f/4. This will freeze snowflakes in mid-air, capturing very small and specific details.

If you are looking for more nature and everything in focus rather than just small details…you will want to set your shutter speed (aperture) between f/8 – f/16. 

I have attached a quick little video to show you where these settings can be found – specifically for the camera that I use everyday; DSLR Nikon D750.

If you are using your iPhone to take some snowy pics… these settings are in very different places. I have included a video to assist you with these settings for iPhones specifically as well. 

 

Don’t forget to share your snowy photos with me!

I can’t wait to see them 😊 

Bryan

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