Mandalay Canals Family Portraits
This beautiful portrait session took place at Mandalay Canal in Las Colinas, in the business and entertainment center of Irving. The canals are a unique location in the Dallas Fort Worth area that offer a distinct style that is hard to find in the area. Business buildings and parking garages are styled with the European facade of brick work, archways, and ornate doors.
What to expect at your portrait session.
Some families I have photographed have never taken professional portraits while others have their portraits taken every year. If you are new to Jennifer Carley Photography, this is what you will expect to occur before, during, and after your session.
Session Options At the time of contact, I will provide you with session options and dates. The most optimal time of day for outdoor portraits are the first hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset. This is when the sun is low to the horizon, and will create vibrant tones that compliments people’s features. Mid day is a challenging time as the sun creates harsh shadows that are not flattering.
Location After a date is selected, I guide the client in choosing a location. The location should compliment the client’s personal style and even home decor. For example, a person with modern taste would select an upscale urban location while someone with a farmhouse style may select a grassy field.
Styling the Wardrobe Client’s will receive fashion suggestions to help optimize flattering portraits. Choose a color scheme that compliments the skin tones of your family members. Alternate textures with layering your outfit. Include accessories such as jewelry and hats to enhance the outfit. Even footwear can make a big influence! Grooming and nail care are also of utmost importance, as the small details will appear in your photos.
During the Session At the session I provide posing directions and adjust hair and clothing as needed. In addition to classic poses, I also encourage some candid portraits to create genuine emotion. Generally, families with small children may have happier faces from children during the candid moments. Playing music on your phone or bringing a favorite toy often helps young children settle into the session.
After the Session Clients receive an online gallery of proofs. At this time clients select their desired number of images that are determined by the portrait collection they chose at booking. Al a carte purchases are available at this time. Only professionally edited images are released to the client. The proof gallery is not released for download.
Printing Images Once clients have received their final images, they can download them and print them at a place of their choice. I suggest with caution that you should never print photos at drug stores or big box stores. Choose an online photo processing company to print images. Additionally, I offer professional printing services within the the final gallery where clients can shop for prints, canvases, and framed art.
Overall, it is my desire to assist in planning your session making stress free and actually, fun!
The store in the gallery offers a view of the final products.