The whole story is different for each individual.
Different people will chose different options to get the maximum pleasure from a particular car. Likewise, when choosing portraits of your family, not everyone will want the same images. But, the images they chose can still tell the whole story from their perspective.
In planning your portrait I discuss the family dynamics and the relationships that are important. Portraits of various groups within the group tell the whole story of a family.
That often generates the question “but what am I going to do with all these portraits?” Well, each person’s story of the same family is going to be a little bit different and as a result everyone doesn’t need every piece of the story. Looking at the story from each person’s perspective results in a variety of presentations, depending on which images are important to that person.
The presentation can be as varied and interesting as the story itself. A main image on a wall supplemented with a collage of smaller images is perfect for one client. Another client’s story is best told with a featured wall portrait and breakdown images displayed in a coffee table or art album.
This is why a portrait planning session is so important. Together we decide where to take the portrait, talk about clothing and the characters, relationships and how they define and tie into the whole group. How do we best tell your story. A great portrait is, after all, a collaboration between photographer and the people being portrayed.
From the session sampled here, the other portraits created provide an opportunity for a variety of images that complete the story. For example:
I am now doing consultations for my late summer and fall colour portraits. Contact me by phone at 519-624-8460 or use the contact form here to book your planning session.
All portraits in this blog post were created using a careful blend of available light, studio strobe and a 24 inch beauty dish.
My name is John Mitchell and I am a Storyteller, an Artist, and a Photographer. Without a story an image has no message. Let’s have a coffee and talk about your story, then together we will create a piece of art you will treasure.