how to select the perfect photos from your session

Just about every photo session with us includes an in-studio review session about a week or two after your photo shoot. We know that a lot of photographers simply send an online album with photos to choose from, but I think it’s important to go the extra mile to help our clients.

If you’ve ever had professional photography done you know that we take a ton of photos during your session. This is great, because as a photographer I have so many more photos to choose from when looking for the perfect poses, lighting, smile, etc.

But if you’re looking through an online album of photos it can be really hard to choose between hundreds of different options. That’s why we are right there to help you.

This is one of the biggest reasons I make your review session a priority. My team is experienced in the art of finding and selecting the best photos from your session.

So here’s a  little behind-the-scenes look at how our white-glove review session works.

It starts as soon as your photography session is finished.

That’s right, as soon as I’m done photographing you (and/or your family) I begin going through the images and selecting the best first round. This usually ends up being several hundred photos.

A little while later, after I’ve had a little artistic space from the images, I go back and get a little pickier, looking for the best poses, the best facial looks, smiles, etc.

Then we start editing.

From there, I select my favorite twenty to twenty-five images to edit. This is when my team and I tap into my nearly twenty years of photo-editing experience to optimize lighting, smooth wrinkles, or remove blemishes, or even shave off a few pounds.photo editing

High-quality portrait prints.

After we’ve made these gorgeous images absolutely picture perfect, we print them on our high-quality, archival photo paper and put them in mattes to display on our reveal wall. I’ll explain what that is in just a bit.

Your Review Session.

A week or so after your photography session we’ll call to set up a good time for you to come by our studio and see your photos in three amazing ways.

Slideshow.

We always put together a beautiful slideshow to show you some of the best pictures from your shot, sometimes with a little video from your shoot as well.

 

Reveal Wall.

When you first walk into the studio the reveal wall will be covered, but during your session we’ll pull the curtains aside to reveal those painstakingly edited images, matted and ready to be framed. You’ll be able to see your beautifully printed images, hold them in your (white-gloved) hands, and even take some home!

Digital Selections.

We’ll also have a selection of close to a couple hundred favorite photos on our flat screen display. We’ll work with you to narrow down the best shots, by comparing your favorites side-by-side and helping you understand the differences (even the minute ones) to each photo so you can pick ones that you’ll love for years to come.

You can always order individual images, but our best offerings are in our wall art, artisanal albums, Italian photo boxes, and other professionally printed packages. No matter what your taste, needs, or preferences, we’ll help you choose the perfect images and even edit them to your specifications.

We know that our clients come to us for a top notch experience and so we strive to give you the best photography experience of your life, along with the portraits that you’ll cherish for generations.

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Easter has come so early this year and while we’d love for you to bring your little cuties in for a professional family photo session for Easter, we realize you might just want some fun photo ideas that you can do at home.

So, we’ve gathered some fun photo ideas that you can recreate yourself.

Let’s start with the littlest ones. Babies are so fun to pose with colorful props, because let’s face it, they make everything look adorable. And as long as they’ve had a nap, they don’t usually protest. ;)

Little Bunnies

How about dressing up your little bunny and taking a photo of her sitting in the grass at your local park? This sweet,ruffly romper gives this little girl a beautiful Victorian touch for Easter.

This romper is available on Etsy.

Or if she’s younger, how about curled up on a fuzzy blankie?

Pro Tip: To make photo shoots easier with any baby or young child, make sure they’ve had their nap and have some favorite toys and silly faces at the ready. For newborns, it’s best to pose them while they’re still sound asleep.

This adorable crocheted bunny outfit is available on Etsy.

Easter Eggs and Baskets

Add some color and fun, by duplicating this adorable baby easter basket photo. All you need is a basket, plastic Easter eggs, and a bunny headband.

Pro Tip: To get baby in a good mood play with the eggs with her before you begin and have another adult handy who can entertain her with tickles or giggles while you take the pictures.

Have older kiddos? You can have even more fun with creative photo ideas! Check out some of these.

Ducklings

How about this Japanese cutie with her baby ducklings?

This picture doesn’t require a lot of props either: simply an umbrella, rain-boots and some rubber duckies.

Pro Tip: Get your child involved in the fun by having them help you arrange the duckies. You could even encourage them to come up with a story about the duckies to get them even more engaged in the game and photos.

little girl with duckies

Egg Art

Another way to get the kids in on the fun is to have them make the first letter of their name in the grass with Easter eggs! Then experiment with fun and silly poses in the grass until you get the right shots. Make the whole exercise silly and you’ll get some great candid pics like this one.

easter photo idea girl in grass with eggs

Tea Party

Host an Easter tea party with your kids and snap pictures while they play. Make some of their favorite treats and let them explore how they might have fun with their tea party.

Pro Tip: situate your play table under the open shade of a tree and experiment with different angles to get the lighting right.

Picnic in the Park

If your kids aren’t into tea parties, what about a picnic? This setting can easily be done with a cute old blanket and some yummy lunch. Pet bunny is optional, of course.

Springtime Blossoms

Take advantage of the beautiful trees blooming all around Orange County this time of year. While you’re playing in the park with the kids, take a moment to snap some photos! They don’t need to be as posed or color coordinated as this one, just have fun with it. Some of the best photos come from playing around.

Candid Confetti Egg Game Photos

Speaking of playing around, is one of your family traditions playing the confetti egg game? If not, maybe you should adopt this fun (yet messy) Easter tradition!

It makes for some great, silly and very candid photos.

Pro Tip: If you’re taking photos with your camera phone set your camera to “burst” to get multiple fast images with each click. This will help you to capture the action best. Click here to learn how to adjust your iPhone camera settings. And if you’re on an Android device, click here.

Click on the photo to get instructions on how to create and play the confetti Easter egg game.

easter confetti game

However you celebrate Easter or springtime, we hope you have fun and capture some great candid memories. And when you’re ready for some professional family photos we’ll be here too.

If you haven’t had a session with us yet, I’d love to invite you to view this behind the scenes video of what it’s like to have a Blue Sky’s Studio family photography session. We specialize in Orange County and Southern California family photography.

It’s time for one of our most popular photography promotions: Blue Sky’s Studio Model for a Day package!

You are beautiful and we want to help you see just how lovely you are. Our Model for a Day package is all about pampering YOU! Not only are you treated to full professional hair and makeup styling, wardrobe styling and a ninety minute photography shoot, but you’ll also have tons of photographic evidence of just how amazing you look.

This package also makes a great gift for the loved one in your life who could use a day to feel beautiful.

Contact us now to book your session as these sessions fill fast!

feel beautiful, model for a day

Each Model for a Day session includes:

  • wardrobe styling
  • professional hair and makeup
  • a dedicated 90-minute photography session with Kristin
  • in person portrait review session

Book your session or contact us for pricing and a special BONUS if you book before the end of March!

This package makes a great Mother’s Day gift, Valentine’s Day gift, High School graduation gift, or New Mom gift!


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Family love photography Orange CountyValentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. In fact, while romantic love is beautiful, there is so much other love in our world. So we thought we’d celebrate the upcoming month of love with some of our favorite Orange County family portraits that portray our clients’ adoration for their families. Enjoy the love fest!

These adorable little boys remind us of bygone days where kids played in the mud and had adventures using their imaginations. These cuties were photographed in one of our favorite Orange County wilderness areas.

Salty & Sweet. You can just feel the love this sweet family has for each other as they all share a loving moment at the beach. Notice how the beige texture of the sand and the blue-gray of the rocks compliment the whites and blues in this family’s wardrobe.

We get a lot of sun here in Southern California and it makes for beautiful bright family moments like this one. We love the genuine smiles and hugs this beautiful family has for each other.

There’s nothing quite like a mother’s love. And we adore capturing the darling moment when mamas love on their babies.

And of course we can’t forget to celebrate dad’s love for his children. What a great moment between father and son.

They say the family that laughs together, stays happy together! We all had so much fun taking this threesome’s family portraits during the golden hour at a local Southern California beach.

And it looks like these families aren’t having any fun at all during their photo sessions! ;)

Many of our clients get anxious the first time they hire Blue Sky’s Studio to take their family photos. They get anxious because they know first hand just how hard it can be to get all of the kids to cooperate for family photos. We absolutely love working with kids and after all of her years of working with children and families, Kristin is a pro at capturing not just beautiful smiles, but the unique and special love siblings have for each other. Don’t you just love these photos of siblings–you almost wouldn’t know there was a photographer there, they’re so in the moment.

Speaking of siblings…We’re so thankful to be able to capture sweet moments like this one between brother and sister.

And sister and sister.

And of course, even though life isn’t all about romance, we couldn’t finish this post without a few romantic pics of mom and dad. After all, where would the family be without their love that started it all?

We hope you enjoyed this fun collection of family love photos. We hope you are surrounded by love this Valentine’s Day.

XO

-The Blue Sky’s Studio Team


Want to see more awesome family photos? Check out our main site over at Blue Sky’s Studio.