Tips for Group Portraits

Tis the season for group shots, entire families, or just the kids. No matter what holiday, be it Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, you celebrate you will want to have a big family shot done no doubt. Whether you are hiring a photographer or doing the photos yourself there are some things you will want to remember.

The best thing to remember is that you want everyone to be in a generally good mood, meaning you want to avoid near nap or bedtimes. Every child has a breaking point and you don't want it to happen during a shoot. Shoot to have the photo session at a time everyone is up and active and in a god mood.

Make sure to get warm up shots done. You want to check the lighting, your camera settings, or your photographer does, candid shots are great for this. If you have a photographer that hasn't worked with your kids before it's great for them to get used to each other. You also want to get those precious moment photos.

A fun thing is to try is to have a story in the photos. Shoot for a beginning, middle, and end. If you doing gift exchanges, make sure you get in the room with the gifts before them so that you can get their faces when they walk in. If you have a family tradition that you do every year, take photos of it. Lighting candles? Zoom in close on the hands and flame. Hanging ornaments on the tree? Get a close up of their face as they focus.

Remember just because you are doing a group shoot, doesn't mean you can't get some great individuals too. And if you're having a problem getting a complete group shot of everyone, collages are your friends.

I'm sorry Christmas is when?

I swear my body betrays me every time something big is coming. Me and the little miss have colds. I should be getting a visit from "aunt flow" and I have a ton to do before Tuesday! Tuesday people. When did Christmas get so close? Ankle is still hurting too, but I can walk for a while without the brace on so it's getting better.

Updates from the cafe: I own a domain!

Hey guys, I know I've been a bad blogger but I have a good reason! I bought my own domain and have been slowly working on getting it ready. You will love it. It's on Wordpress cause I'm following the great Vanita's advice on the matter, by the way GoogleLuv is a great course, definitely check into it.

I also being my fabulously klutzy self have a wonderfully sprained ankle that is in a brace for about a month. I think the pain meds are making me a bit unfocused to be honest.

I've also hadded some things to my Etsy shop, and digital downloads!

Outdoor Family Photos

I love shooting families outdoors, especially kids, I really think they have the best and biggest smiles then. I also find shooting on location to look much better than studio shoots. They look more natural, and it's more about capturing a memory than a stiffly posed shot.

My all time favorite place is Algonquin Park. From the playground to the stream, to the bridges, the waterfall, the old house ruins, rocks, and general openness. Plus the tower and little hobbit hole type door by the lake. It's just a magical place for photos for me. I love to capture the little moments of play with kids, not just posed portraits.

The other places to check out are

  • Your own yard!

  • My yard if you don't have one.

  • Downing Park

  • Waterfront

  • Washington Headquarters

  • Plum Point

  • Railroad crossings

  • Churches

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you want to make your subject comfortable, that's how you get the best smiles and the sweet moments.

Call for help {Project Community Portrait}

Ok so I've been bad and kept putting this on the back burner. But now I really want to get this done before Christmas. What am I talking about? Let's have a refresher.

Project Community Portrait {Newburgh Edition}

My lovely friend Maggie started this in her area. I felt it was something we could use here in Newburgh too. This is for families that can't really afford to take their kids to a professional photographer for portraits. I think that it's good to have portraits though. So what I'm offering is to take portraits of your kids, professional grade, no copyrights, no watermarks. I will email these to you for you to take them to get printed in a store, or if you don't have regular access to a computer or internet you can bring a flash drive to me and I will upload for you (they just won't be edited unless time permits).

Now for the call for help

Since it's been getting colder I was originally planning on doing this outside at the park. I don't think that is the best option anymore so I am looking for local businesses or local groups that will allow me to set up shop to do these portraits. Please email me at if you are intereste in helping out, subject line Project Community Portrait.

Saying Good Bye to Fall {Nurture Photography}

It's so hard to say good bye to fall sometimes

It's funny though it was quite warm though

It was nice to be able to play in the park without heavy jackets for one more time

Beauty in Strength

Pretty is as pretty does, but being stronger means you last. 

Can you believe these roses?

They just don't want to die. They are are beautiful and strong. They are amazing. 

I just can't believe it. They are still out there. Surviving Sandy and Athena. The cold and wind. And honestly I think they look more beautiful  for it. But then again I always found beauty in strength.

Have you noticed I opened an Etsy shop? In the side bar is my mini Etsy. So if you love my photographs and would like to own one of your own check me out, Moon in a Cup photography by FaerieBarista.

Brown Overload and my monsters {Nurture Photography}

I've been in a bit of a funk lately. Haven't been checking my emails, not reading blogs, not updating mine. Exhausted and tired. Disappointed with the storms, Sandy and Athena, yes disappointed. Missing my hubby. And just generally stressed out. I did not manage to do something special for this prompt, but this was from something I was playing around with for purple, good thing all the leaves were brown anyway.  =]

Faerie dust, mermaid tears, and Halloween magic

I couldn't resist this little wooden sign. "A witch lives here with her little monster" it was made for me cause you know I call my kiddies monsters.

And before I made my Halloween magic I made my first jar, Mermaid Tears, then Faerie Dust. 

Whose ready for Halloween?

Me and the monsters definitely are! I played around and found my look to go with my mask. AJ has been begging to go trick-or-treating all day long. Ariel just loves a reason to wear her wings and run around.

Also I need to remember to wear red lipstick more often! It's not as hard as I thought it was the first time and damn do I look good with it. 

Don't forget to check out my latest story at Writing From Faerie: Queen of the Banshees