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Hilton Grand Vacation Sea World Family Photography

I recently got to shoot this lovely Family Photography session at Hilton Grand Vacation Sea World in Orlando, Florida. I love getting to go to all the beautiful properties tucked away throughout the City Beautiful – and the Hilton Grand Vacation Sea World is one of my new favorites! This family took my advice and did the shoot early in the morning (8:30 AM) to avoid the rain and heat. In addition to avoiding the rainy Florida weather, I find that early shoots have the added bonus of happy kids! I am not sure why, but kids tend to be less cranky and more energized in the early morning, so not only did I have an awesome location to work with – I also had two happy and playful boys who bounced around in the sunshine during our shoot together.

If you read my blog frequently – or any of my social media – you may know I have a love for peach walls during photoshoots. Hilton Grand Vacation Sea World Family Photography was awesome because it had the greatest peach walls! I just think the peachy color makes all skin tones pop and adds a touch of happy Florida color to shoots – so when I pulled up to The Hilton Grand Vacation Sea World and saw all the peachy walls I was totally sold! After I did some quick and easy location scouting, I was happy to see that we wouldn’t have to trek far at all to get a few different and unique backdrops. And in addition, they had a great little outdoor patio set that would be perfect for everyone to sit down on. I like to have clients sit for a few frames, just to offer a different kind of interaction among them during the shoot. This works out especially well when little kids are at the shoot and they can all sit on Mom and Dad’s lap!

All-in-All I just love how this shoot turned out. It’s a perfect Florida lifestyle vibe, was easy for my clients (as they were staying at the Hilton Grand Vacation Seaworld) and we captured some really authentic moments together.

Cheers!

Kate

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Family Photography at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Spring has sprung and this Family Photography at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is a perfect spring time shoot! I love brightly colored walls, but there is something about the peachy hue of the JW Marriott that makes me so so happy! Paired with bits of pastel and white – these family portraits are bursting at the seams with spring time vibes. This family reunion at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes was so much fun to photograph, not just because this hotel is clearly absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous inside and out, but this family was non-stop fun. They were vacationing here in beautiful Orlando, Florida and during their stay everyone got to meet the newest little addition to the family as well as an engagement!

The amount of special family connections I got to photograph during this Family Photography at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes was unique and so much fun. We crammed so many special moments into this hour long session that it really yielded some fantastic results. My favorite was the two brothers requesting we do a series of goofy poses – of course I was absolutely going to oblige them! Grandpa doing pushups with his granddaughter laughing while she sits atop his back, funny brother poses and all the genuine family laughs kept me happily photographing this family photography session with a big smile on my face. Family Photography at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is something I would like to do so much more of! This shoot was late in the day, so the front part of the hotel was beautifully shaded providing a perfect location. In part because it was very private, we had no by standers to watch the fun, which usually means the family (and kids) relax so much easier. But the whole back side of this beautiful hotel property boasts a beautiful pool area that is awesomely landscaped – and would also be a beautiful place to photograph at the right time of day.

If you’re looking to do a Family Photography session with a large family – take notes off of this one on how to dress! Everyone is dressed nicely without matching perfectly – also their styles are indicative of the time of year; spring! I love the mixture of pastels and whites without too much of any one color. This if you’d like to know more tips about how to dress for a large family shoot, check out my last blog How to Dress for Your Photoshoot.

If you’re interested in booking a family photography shoot with me, go ahead and shoot me an email with the dates you’re interested in and number of people in your family! I’d love to help you find the perfect location and walk you through how to get the most out of your time in front of the lens!

Cheers!

Kate

 

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What Do I Wear to my Family Portrait Session?

What Do I wear to my Family Portrait Session, a simple guide by Kate Mclean Photography

 

Of all the questions I get asked, “What Do I Wear to My Family Portrait Session?” is by far the most common – and for good reason. How you and your family dress can seriously change the outcome of your session. It’s hard to get a large family together; It’s even harder to get them together, well dressed/coordinated and on time.  I have realized there are a few very simple rules to follow that can greatly improve your family’s portrait session style. These rules are very simple to follow, and they result in great photos that will reflect your personal style. My many years of experience in family photography – both big and small families – has helped me to tailor these rules down to the most simple version. I know people don’t have stylists on call, or time to go and shop for outfits for an entire family. Sometimes the families I photograph are upwards of 30 people – and even with a group that big, these rules still work and give everyone the ability to show off their personal style while still coordinating and creating a great final result.

Start by One person picking out a Print to wear.

The print can be a floral, plaid– anything. The more colors in the print the better. For larger groups, I recommend the print be on someone who will be in the center of the photo (usually grandma or grandpa) and for smaller groups I recommend the print be on a little kid. With that being said – the print really can be on anyone in the photo but it is very important that only 1 person be wearing a print pattern. Multiple prints can create a very busy photo that is distracting to the eye and the prints can clash creating a final outcome that is hard to look at. What usually happens with my sessions is the person who contacts me about the shoot wears the print because it involves going to buy a new outfit. This first step is crucial to the way everyone else dresses.

Everyone else draw on colors from that print for their own outfits.

This is where everything comes together. Everyone else in the family can use that one main print to pick out their own colors in their clothes. This allows everyone to have some freedom to express their own individual personalities while still coordinating. This prevents from having everyone matching identically which always results in people looking like a big blob of color. An easy way to do this is just to send a photo of the print you pick to the rest of the family and let them do their own thing! There are a few more rules to follow, but they are very simple.

 

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Avoid large logos, words, or characters on clothing.

This goes for EVERYONE. The reason for this rule is large logos, words and characters and quickly date an image. It’s hard to make the time to get a family portrait taken, you want that image to last as LONG as it can without becoming dated! Classic is always best – and a big picture of Elmo or some trendy phrase is going to go out of style in 10 minutes. Keep it simple and classic. Now if you’re going for a Disney theme – disregard this! There is always a place for Mickey and Goofy when we are doing photos at Disney properties. But otherwise, words and logos are a big No-no!

 

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort Orlando 

 

 

Shoes matter.

If you don’t usually wear heels, don’t wear stilettos. Consider the environment you will be in and wear appropriate footwear. I have been at many many sessions where people are cranky because of their shoes – including little kids! So consider the environment you will be in, how comfortable your family will be in their shoes, and what the shoes look like. This little detail may not seem huge – but it can seriously effect the expressions on people’s faces during your shoot – which is really more important then anything else anyway! You don’t want to be sinking in grass or sand at your shoot. Also, sometimes people take their shoes completely off for a few shots – so that is also something to consider! I advise people to wear shoes they are comfortable walking in for an hour but also ones that look great with your outfit! And don’t forget to monitor what the boys are wearing – more often then not they are the ones to wear shoes that don’t match their outfits!

 

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Photo taken at Leu Gardens in Orlando Florida

 

 

Coordinate – don’t MATCH perfectly.

These simple rules are all designed to make sure you don’t perfectly match. Family photos where everyone wears the same exact outfit is a very dated – and it sucks the personality right out of a photo! Letting everyone in the family pick their own clothes means they are going to be comfortable and confident during the session which makes for better facial expressions and a relaxed environment. The best way to go about it is to pick out that initial print and send a photo of it to everyone in the family — letting them know that is the color scheme to stay within. The results are always a fun and fluid style that lets everyone be themselves. Plus it’s so much easier then trying to track down the same exact colors for everyone!

 

When in doubt – Ask!

If you’re really not sure about any of this — ask! I have people send me photos of outfits while they are shopping all the time! Or if you’re not comfortable utilizing my knowledge on the subject, ask a friend who has great style. They’ll take it as a huge compliment and probably give you outstanding advice on the topic.

 

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Photo taken at JW Marriott, Orlando Florida 

 

Extra resources:

If you’re like me, you probably need some visuals to help you get an idea of what you want. I put together some Pinterest boards of really great family photoshoot stylings to inspire you to style your family just the right way! You can find those links below.

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Cheers — and Happy styling!

Kate

 

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Family Photography at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Family Photography at Margaritaville Resort Orlando by Kate McLean Photography

Family Photography is always fun – but when you add a location like Jimmy Buffet’s new Margaritaville Resort Orlando it adds a certain charm! Family vacations to Orlando Florida are undoubtedly fun, but being a Central Florida location means families miss out on the beach. This brand new Orlando Resort includes timeshares, darling cottages packed with all the charm of Key West and a unmistakeable beach vibe my clients are always looking for on their family vacation to Orlando. The property provided a perfectly Floridian backdrop for our Family Photography Session.

My favorite part about this new location wasn’t just the fun colors of the cottages, but the brand new lobby was a great photo backdrop plus it had the all important AIR CONDITIONING which this fun family appreciated just as much as I did. We had perfect weather for the shoot – which means lots of hot Florida sunshine. This fun family and I had fun walking through the lobby finding the many cute signs and fun Florida decor for an extra touch special family photography touch on the shoot. The property’s cottages are still very much under construction, but that did not impede our shoot in the slightest.

One of my favorite parts of this shoot was the special relationship Mom and daughter had – they just lit up anytime I had them both in front of lens, making for some really special moments among the palm trees. The kids had fun picking from the variety of brightly beach-colored cottages for backdrops for their individual photographs. Between that and the perfectly manicured property, it was a perfect beach Floridian vibe for our Family Photography shoot! I hope they look back at these photographs from this Family Vacation in Orlando for years to come with fond memories of the times spent together!

Cheers!

Kate

 

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How do I Choose a Family Photographer?

When it comes to choosing a family photographer, there are some basic questions you need to ask yourself to make sure you’re spending your hard earned money the right way. This very simple guide will help to answer the question of How do I choose a family photographer? I’ve put together 5 basic questions to ask yourself when looking for a photographer. Photography, much like any art form, is very subjective. What makes a good photograph? My answer might be completely different then yours. Luckily, we live in a world where research is very possible and answering these 5 questions can ultimately help to choose a family photographer and is a good place to start the process.

 

Do I Love the Photographer’s Style?

The first step to answering How do I choose a family photographer is falling in love with the photographer’s images. This is absolutely the most important thing when picking out a photographer! There are a million ways to photograph the same thing – and when you’re looking at booking a family photographer, chances are there are photos that stand out to you. Personal style is everything in who you choose. If you’re just kind of in love with a few different styles, a good way to narrow down your choices is to consider where and how you’re going to display your images. Do they match your decor? Are you trendy or traditional? Do you like candid images or posed? When you choose a family photographer, if you truly love the photographer’s style then you won’t be disappointed with the images at the end. At the end of the day, photographers are artists – and art is very subjective. There is no wrong answer, there is only the wrong choice of artist. Know your style and choose someone who has images that you just love uncontrollably.

 

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What is my Budget?

This one is a biggie when answering the question of “How do I choose a family photographer.” Are you looking for a cheap, quick and easy process where you only need 1 or 2 good images or do you really value the images that the amount of money you spend is less important? The easiest way to narrow down your list of family photographers is to set a budget. This being said, it’s important to understand that in the photography industry, you get what you pay for.  Our pricing is usually based on experience and a professional photographer comes with a professional price tag. Additionally, professionals use price as a way to attract clients who truly value photography. I would rather work with someone willing to communicate and put the time, effort and money into achieving a great set of images then someone who is just bargain hunting. If you’re looking for a cheap and quick photo, consider using a new and budding photographer who is trying to build their portfolio or a set portrait service in a department store studio. If you really do value photography but are low on funds a cheap option is to look for mini-session specials from the photographers you really love. These are usually quick 10-20 minute sessions in a set location that include only a few digital files and photographers of all levels usually do sales on this kind of session at least once a year.

 

 

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What Does the Service Include?

This one is a bit harder to understand from a client’s perspective. Understanding the question of “How do I choose a family photographer” means also understanding the difference in the services they offer. The photography industry does not have one set way to do things when it comes to charging for things and it can vary wildly from photographer to photographer. When I was starting my business, even I had a hard time understanding the pricing structure of photography packages (which is why I opted to keep it simple and just treat my clients the way I would expect to be treated). Some photographers charge a sitting fee, require you buy a certain number of prints, then charge a premium for digital downloads. Sometimes editing is not included in the price. Some photographers don’t offer products at all and only deliver digital downloads. There are fees for travel outside of specific areas, outfit changes, multiple locations, weekend shoots and there are usually ALWAYS fees for larger families. Understanding what EXACTLY is included in the fee listed on their website is extremely important to understanding what you are choosing. If digital downloads are important to you, make sure you ask your prospective family photographer if that is part of what you’re paying for. If you are ever unsure about what to expect, always ask – and get the answer in writing so you can refer back to it during the process.

 

 

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Do I Communicate well with this Person?

This one is way more important then you might initially think. Portrait and family photography is a collaborative effort. In other words, it takes two to tango! Even a quiet introverted photographer has a communication style. If you’re choosing a family photographer it is important you understand them and they understand you. Essentially you need to vibe with them on a basic level. Simply taking the time to email or talk on the phone is usually enough to have a basic understanding of their ability to communicate with you. If you find yourself having to decode their communication style, or asking them to clarify what they mean multiple times – you might not be a good fit. If you get a photographer who is annoying to you for whatever reason, it will show in the photos. For years to come, you will look at the images you got from the photography session and all you will remember is how annoyed you were with the photographer. So take the time to communicate and get on the same page. It’s free to do, and can save you tons in frustration!

 

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Does this Photographer come highly recommended?

How do I choose a family photographer? Ask everyone else how they did with theirs! One of the best ways to find a great photographer is by asking someone who has great family photos already! Word of mouth is a great place to start to find your family photographer. If you don’t have anyone to directly refer you, go ahead and reference reviews during your research to see if people had a pleasant experience with this family photographer. ***When you’re looking at reviews it’s important to understand that there are some truly great photographers out there who don’t have a huge pile of reviews merely because they aren’t asking clients to write reviews, so take this one with a grain of salt!*** With that being said, it should absolutely send up a red flag if the photographer has multiple awful reviews written about them – and I’m talking about more then just one or two. I’m talking about loads of reviews saying the same thing over and over about the service provided. We live in a world where people who receive bad service feel compelled to take to the internet and tell the world as a way of preventing other consumers from going through the same pain. So, keep an eye out for this warning sign and if you come across someone who has lots of people saying they had a bad experience or felt swindled. This can be a big problem with those photographers who have a price that seems too good to be true. Heed the warning and move on to someone who has a better stamp of approval.

 

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Hopefully this post has helped you answer the question of How do I choose a family photographer. Still want to learn more about choosing a family photographer for your shoot? Here is another great blog about choosing the right photographer which covers some of the same tips as well as additional information on the topic. I love to include other people’s writing on the same topic just because I myself am kind of a research addict for big purchases! Remember, Proper prior planning is everything and research is where it all starts!

How to Choose Your Family Photographer

 

Happy researching!

Xo,

Kate

 

Here is a link to my family photography portfolio if you’d like to take a peek!

 

 

 

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