With a fun, distinctly modern style, Kristine creates refreshing, compelling portraits that document the honesty of real life. She enjoys simply being a witness to the whimsical, often unpredictable but never boring state of children being themselves, and finds that within the seemingly mundane stuff of the everyday resides the story of who your child is at a particular moment in time. Portraits make these telling, all-too-fleeting moments indelible.
And yes, this is all just a fancy way to say that not only is it important to capture your family as they grow but also that, one day, your Kristine Ryan Photography portraits will be as prized by their subjects as they were by you through the years
The session fee is paid, the portrait agreement signed, and you’re excited about your upcoming session. But then . . . the dreaded question arises: “What on earth are we going to wear?” Undoubtedly you know the basic portrait rules: that you can’t go wrong with solid colors, that you probably don’t want 40 photos of Aaron in his day-glo Lightning McQueen tee shirt (maybe a few, though, since he loves it so much?), and that a huge bow on Violet’s head might draw a bit too much attention away from her sparkling hazel eyes. But where to go from there? And what traditional portrait wardrobe rules are meant to be bent, if not broken entirely? And what about dressing the entire family? Worry no more--that’s where this guide enters the, ahem, picture. So sit back, enjoy a little light reading, and get inspired! The result will be fresh, classic yet distinctly modern portraits that tell the story of your family.
Flowing white shirts and khakis on the beach. Navy polos and yet more khakis all around. We’ve all seen those photos--heck, most of us have been in those photos. But did you know that coordinated but not “uniform” looks for families create a much more pleasing photograph? Moreover, it is not nearly as difficult as you think it is! The cardinal rule of family dressing for portraits is simple: choose items for the entire family as if you were creating one outfit. If all of your choices were somehow on one person, would the result be pleasing, colorwise? A handy trick for those who are hesitant to break away from the monochrome madness is to choose one patterned item (for example a print dress for your daughter) and then select the rest of the family’s clothing from colors within that pattern.
Wardrobe choices for sibling shots, like those for family images, should be complementary but far from “a matching uniform.” A tried and true formula for a boy/girl sibling duo includes a patterned dress or skirt for the girl, with the boy in a solid shirt pulled from that pattern. If the little girl is wearing a solid shirt with a patterned skirt, have the boy’s top match a different color in her skirt, so that their shirts don’t match precisely. Trust me, it works! While many parents have the urge to put their boys or girls in the exact same outfit, mixing it up a bit--while still creating a pleasing overall combination--creates a considerably more interesting color palette and image.
A wildly-patterned pair of cargo pants and a hipster tee. Her funky hot pink tutu and cowboy boots. His “superhero” cape. Individual shots give your child a chance to show his or her personality through fashion like no other. Without the concern of clashing or competing patterns that exists in a family shot, the possibilities are limitless! So break out your daughter’s bright, crazy, mismatched ensemble--the one that gives your Strasburg-loving mother-in-law fits--or your son’s beloved rain boots, and let’s capture something bold, memorable, and no-holds-barred fun!
Newborns are absolute perfection when they wear nothing at all! For variety and some fun pops of color, I have plenty of blankets, hats and headbands. You are also free to bring whatever special items you would like to incorporate--that also gives the images a personal touch.
There are few things as stunning as skin-on-skin shots of a newborn and the proud parents. Dad can be shirtless for some shots, Mom can wear a strapless bra or tank top. Images for this type of shot are generally closely cropped. Also, long-sleeved black shirts for Mom and Dad provide a sophisticated, dramatic “backdrop.”
And lastly, expect a mess. That’s right, a mess – specifically peep and poop. And do not be embarrassed. After all, your little one has been naked for a couple of hours, it’s bound to happen. All professional child photographers expect this and are well prepared. And you should be, too. So bring a change of clothes for yourself and dad. You may need it before you head home. By the way, nine times out of ten, it’s the dad who gets it!
The simplest wardrobe choice for your maternity session is . . . none at all! Moms-to-be are often stunned at the elegant images that result from creative posing and camera angles that show “just enough.” If you’re not inclined to bare all, there are many options that result in the gorgeous bare belly shots everyone wants. Try a fitted tank top and low-waisted yoga pants (black looks especially sleek). The “fitted” part for any wardrobe choice is key. A few fun shots with hip tees with clever proclamations on them are always nice as well! Be sure to keep tightly-fitted elastic waistbands and socks far far away for a few hours before your shoot so that we avoid indentations in your skin. Wristwatches are also best left off for the session.
If this is your family's first time working with a professional photographer, it can be difficult to know what to expect. What should I bring? Will there be enough time to get the perfect picture? Will my child feel uncomfortable in front of the camera? We completely understand these feelings of concern; you are not alone! We are here to work for and with you to make your session as stress-free as possible. Remember, this is supposed to be fun!
Our method of working is simple: we tailor our photography to you and your family. Each session is a unique experience, built from the ground up just for you. In our initial consultation, we'll discuss things like the family schedule, favorite locations, and attention spans to make your photo day a smashing success. This is your day to relax and enjoy your family; we'll do the rest.
If we've chosen an outdoor location for your photos, we will most likely be at the mercy of the weather! If the day turns out to be extremely hot, which can be dangerous and frustrating for the family, we'll find an alternate date for the photos. Similarly, for rainstorms, snow, or extreme cold, we'd rather reschedule than push everyone into an uncomfortable place! We will be in communication the day before and day of the session to discuss any challenges that may arise and deal with them in the most convenient way possible for your family.
Children are unpredictable - a characteristic that makes them so lovable - but also difficult to plan around. It's something we completely understand! For this reason, we always carve out a large chunk of time to make sure your session isn't rushed. If baby needs to be changed or fed, take your time. If a toddler is getting tired or frustrated, we can take a snack break to relax and regroup. If you and your family are feeling uncomfortable or exhausted, we can pause for a drink of water and a rest in the shade. This is your photo session and we'll work at the pace of you and your family! There's no need to rush - just relax and enjoy the experience with us.
It can be difficult to get kids to cooperate in the best of circumstances, and many times they may feel uncomfortable with a photographer they don't know well in an unfamiliar place. We work hard to get those perfect poses, but never with negative reinforcement or discipline. We use only positive, confidence-boosting methods to gain your child's trust and cooperation during the photoshoot, and ask parents that they do the same. We find that the best photographic results come from using the carrot rather than the stick!