Let's Go to the Beach!!
This is a family favorite every year! Full extended families, couples, children and Grandparents with Grandchildren. The possibilities are endless, you name it and we can or have done it.
Lighting and the correct use of it is what gives a portrait magic, I love the early morning with the rising sun or the late day sun. Either will work — but the morning light is the best.
There are other reasons for the morning, fewer people on the beach, the best tide and you never run out of light as you can on the end of the day.
I've selected three families to show you, their images reflect the way we approach every family session we create. That is relationships, parents and children, children alone, cousins or sisters and brothers. Parents alone and individuals. It goes on and on - What is important to you?
First we will look at a session we did for Nell and Tommy, their son's and daughter's families and the grand's.
Running hand in hand on the edge of the surf
is always a must for a fun portrait.
We work to have an interaction among the
family members, keeping eyes off of
the camera and myself.
Clothing is very important, yes I know Khakis and
White shirts or jeans seems to be the norm. The
idea is that the colors flow. If you throw in a bright
red, yellow or blue it destroys the flow of the image.
Just like putting up a big red stop sign and your eye goes not further.
There are no real rules to this as much as what you want to look at hanging on your wall or sitting on your table.
Relationships-it is the glue that holds us all together.
These are memories that will last the rest of their and your lives'.
My 40 years of experience allows me to see things
in a unique way. We have "Fun"-the session
flows, children are laughing and sometimes there
are even a few tears (happy ones) as the process
What are these two thinking-other than the water
I'm thrilled when a child reacts with an open
Heart and we connect. The images are wonderful and
This is evening lighting, soft and directional. That opens faces. You get skull looking heads when you work with high
I think these next two need no words
Family is what it is all about.
I try so hard not to make this stiff, this was not posed.
Just a little bit of direction and the love of the family members
took over. You can see that.
Nell commented " The portraits are gorgeous! Wilber and Margaret were very helpful with clothing and makeup suggestions in the planning session. The session was a wonderful experience. The planning helped so much."
Amy commented " I really liked the way the pictures were presented-slide show / projected. Given two choices to pick from was sometimes difficult but made our final choice much easier. Both Nell and Amy rated the experience from session to finished work as
Now we will move on to family, Chris and Lisa.
This hangs in they're living room over their fire place.
The blue matting was selected for the web display, the finish portrait without the matting is 38x52 and framed in a silver-leaf frame-the finished presentation is excellent. I have a smaller size here at the studio-come by and take a look. This is morning light, see the soft glow-low light — very directional. The reflections in the sand are real-we don't do computer effects-they destroy the magic and everyone ends up with the same thing.
Next we will be visiting with Clay and Gina and their three. This was one of the most fun
sessions we have done, they are all fun but this was something extra, you had to be there.
Oh before I forget, Color, Black and White, Sepia, Spot Color, Oil Paintings and Water Colors are all available for the sessions we do. I can explain more about that and put samples of my work that we've done for others in your hands when you come in for a planning session.
Gina is a runner so this image is very special to her.
Sisters, what a special relationship. Margaret (my wife of 42 years) and her sister Veronica have show me just how special this bond is. I won't tell you how long or I may be sleeping on the porch tonight.
Smiles from the Heart!
The smiles say it all!
Relationships that are so special,
Memories that will last a life time.
Clay and Gina both said "This is our Family"
That is always our goal to create a unique portrait — one that you never tire of.
Thank you for taking time to visit with us. More in the next few days, so stay tuned.
Wilber and Margaret / Jeffcoat Photography
803-469-2440 or 469-2441
Please remember we will be doing beach portraits on the 24th and 25th of October
Give us a call and lets sit down and see what we can create for you.