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Family Portrait Session Again

Family Portrait Photo Safaris

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Don't spend hundreds of dollars for Family Portraits
without knowing if you'll even like them

What is a Family Portrait Photo Safari?

We Make it Easy

We know the great locations and when they look the best.  We select the locations for our Photo Safari dates.

You Choose the Date

You can either choose the date or the location you want.  The other choice is made for you.  

You Save Money

Since we are able to be efficient with our time we pass the savings on to you by waiving the $100 session fee.

  • A $20 deposit will be collected at the time of booking to reserve your time - It will be applied to your order since there is no session fee.
  • 3 Essential Elements of a Family Portrait

    You Need to Love Them

    It is your faces that endear you to your family portrait. In 100 years from now your descendants are going to want to know about you.  Your family portraits should share who you are.

    You Need to Display Them

    How you display your family portrait can literally change your family.  A well displayed family portrait will strengthen your family.  We help our clients create that kind of display.

    You Need to Preserve Them

    The average life of a digital file is only between 5 and 10 years.  Most available printing will begin to degrade within 8 to 12 years.  We have a 120 year process to keep your images good for future generations.

    Here is what your session includes:

    1 Hour Portrait Session

    Your family can be big or small.  We have no limits to the number in the group.  We also work quickly so you and (most importantly) your kids stay in a good mood.

    Individuals or Smaller Groups

    We regularly do either the kids individually or break the larger family into smaller families.  The best part...it still only takes an hour.

    In-Person Preview

    Most people have a hard time choosing what to do.  We have you work with an expert to help make the experience easy.

    Free Online Sharing Gallery

    Do you have family out-of-town or want to share the images online?  You get a online gallery where you can view all your images and share them with those you care about.

    FREE Display Consultation

    OUR MOST LOVED FEATURE!  You do not have to guess if your displays will look good.  Our display professional will help you design why, where and how to display your images.

    Affordable Print and Digital

    You can now afford large prints.  Our in-house printing will last over 120 years and our large prints are up to 75% less than our competition.  We also have options where you can get the digital files for free.

    Discounted Custom Framing

    We want you to be able to spend your money on the prints and not the frames.  We offer our custom framing at our cost. 

    FREE Installation

    One more thing to make it easy.  After everything is done, we will install your display at no charge.  

    Most Dates Fill Up Quickly

    Our Photo Safari dates fill up quickly.  Make sure you request your date soon to guarantee your session date and time.  We look forward to working with you.


    Ryan and the rest of their staff are amazing! I love every photo they take for my family! I can't say enough about this business!

    Raney Strebel

    Truly masters in the art of photography! Look no further, you have found a gem!

    Amanda Pollock

    What prices to expect

    Session Fees

    We have no session fees for our Family Portrait Photo Safari Dates. We waive the normal $100 session fee.  We would prefer that the money our client spends go directly towards the things they will enjoy in their home.

    Print Prices

    We try to keep our prices low while also providing a truly professional product.  When compared with similar print services we have found our prices to be up to 70% less than other competitors.  We find that our clients on average spend between $100 and $600 for the prints they want.

    Digital Files

    We suggest people look at the prints they want to order (since that is what will last a long time).  We give credit for each dollar spent towards the digital files.  Most of our clients will receive some form of the digital files for free so they not only get the files but also great prints to display as well.

    3 Critical Elements You Need to Fully Enjoy Your Family Portraits

    3 critical parts to a complete family portrait

    Family portraits are a wonderful thing. They can really enhance our lives and our relationships. However, digital photography has changed the nature of family portraits and has introduced problems that many people haven’t noticed.

    The Problems

    Family portraits used to be a record of our familes, however, digital photography has made that more temporary. With digital files lasting an average of 5 to 10 years and most printing processes lasting 8 to 12 years, special things need to be done to have our portraits last.

    We used to display family portraits in our homes more. Digital photography has turned our family portraits into something we share on social media but pay less attention to displaying them in our home.

    Digital photography has added technology that has made newer photographers lazy. They make it possible to get an OK image without knowing the skills of photography. There are a lot of families who share horror stories with me about having to deal with unskilled photographers.

    There Are 3 Essential Elements for a Complete Famly Portrait.

    1. You need to get the right images
    2. You need to be able to regularly enjoy your portraits
    3. You need to be able to preserve your portraits for future generations

    The current trends in portrait photography generally only address one of these three elements. Today’s photographers are trying to get good images. However, most of today’s photographers do not address displaying your images or preserving them.

    #1 You Need to Get The Right Images

    The first step of the family portrait is to get images you like and would want to display. It is our faces that endear us to each other. When you look at a person’s face you begin to create a relationship with that person.

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    Candid images, where you don’t see faces, can have a neat feel but the people become interchangeable. You could replace the people in the image with any other people and the feeling would be the same. When you see faces, you create a relationship with specific people.

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    The other thing to consider is what type of images will you want to display in your home? Your portraits are a representation of your family that allows you to enjoy them every day. You don’t need to photograph every possible combination of the group, but it is nice to have meaningful groupings that help tell your family’s story.

    #2 You Need to Be Able to Regularly Enjoy Your Portraits

    So, step one is complete, you have the images you like. Now, the problem is if you don’t display them well, you’ll never look at them. Looking at your family portrait is never on your to-do list for the day. If you are going to enjoy the images they need to be displayed in the right places and at the right size that will allow you to enjoy them as you go throughout your normal day.

    Display Them in the Correct Place

    There are certain areas of the home that you look at more often than other areas. Most people don’t realize this and haven’t paid attention to where those areas are, but they are there. Some people choose the place to display their family portrait but don’t realize that they never face that wall on a normal day. Any time they are in the room their back is to it.

    Display Them at the Right Size

    Once you have the right wall you then need to choose the correct size. Remember, our faces are what endear us to each other. As a general rule, the edges of the “enjoyment zone” of a family portrait are at the point where it is difficult to see the details of the people’s expression. For example, if you begin to see the expression details at 10 feet away, that is the “enjoyment zone” of that portrait. When you are further away you only see the shape of the family but can’t enjoy the individual people.

    #3 You Need to Be Able to Preserve Your Portraits for Future Generations

    The last element is to preserve your images. Look at it this way, as you have family portraits you are creating potential documentation of your family’s history. It is important for that documentation to be created, but it also needs to be curated and taken care of to last for multiple generations.

    Insist on high-quality prints

    In order to do this, you need to start with an archival print. The average digital file will last 5 to 10 years. Most publicly available printers use dye-sublimation printing which is scheduled to last only 8 to 12 years. A high-quality Giclee print can last over 100 years. The process you use for your portraits makes a big difference.

    Store your prints well

    Once you have an archival quality print it is relatively easy to store them so they stay nice.

    1. They need to be protected from excess light – UV radiation can attack the image as well as the materials.
    2. Protect them from extremes of temperature and humidity – Generally, if you keep them in your house this will do the trick.
    3. Protect them from particulate damage – dust can latch on to your prints and permanently damage them. Wrap them in craft paper to prevent this.
    4. Protect them from physical damage – bumps and scrapes will damage your prints. Place a piece of cardboard on either side of your print. Make sure the cardboard is at least an inch larger than your print on all sides. This will protect your image from most threats.

    Fulfilling Its Full Potential

    Take any one of these 3 elements away from your family portrait and it will not be fulfilling its full potential. Many people don’t complete these elements either because they don’t know about them or they get overwhelmed trying to do them on their own.

    Remember, we are here to help and to make life as easy as possible.

    Never Pay a Family Portrait Session Fee Again

    Each year we do around 20 free family portrait session days.  We call those Family Portrait Photo Safaris.  These are very popular days among our regular clients.

    The Value of Family Portraits and What You Can Lose if They Aren’t Done Right

    Family portraits are stressful, hard to plan and even harder to figure out what to do after they are taken. The saddest part is even after all that work and heartache 80% of all family portraits will not be looked at or enjoyed on a regular basis. And even worse is they may not even exist 12 years down the road. The value of family portraits depends on a few key things.

    Family Portraits have Two Lives

    The first life of a family portrait is how you will enjoy it now, in the present. Most people already share their portraits through social media. But people will enjoy their portrait the most when they have a well-designed display in their home.

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    Ideas for Displaying Pictures on Walls

    The second life of a family portrait is years later when the portrait is enjoyed by the descendants of the family. After we have passed away we will only be remembered by the things that we write and the photographs we leave behind. When a family has family portraits taken they are creating elements of their family history collection that could be enjoyed for many generations.

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    Our ancestors made the effort to preserve their history for us. We have the same responsibility.

    Both of these “lives” can be a disaster if done wrong. Many people get ideas for their portrait displays from the internet. The internet hasn’t seen your portrait nor your house. When portraits are displayed wrong, they don’t get looked at and your money was wasted. The other disaster is digital products are making our portraits disposable. The average life of a digital file is only 5 to 10 years. The average life of consumer-grade prints is only 8 to 12 years. So any money you spend for portraits that are not preserved through an archival process may not make it to the next generation.

    Two Essential Things Your Photographer Must Be Able To Do (and 2 other really helpful things)

    We live in a time that anyone who has a camera is willing to moonlight as a photographer. I talked to a “photographer” that said she had been doing pictures for people for over 5 years but one of these days she needs to take some classes to learn how to use her camera.

    The 2 Essential Things

    1. Your photographer needs to have the technical skills to work in all lighting conditions, people skills to work with a variety of personalities, and posing skills to make your family look natural. These are essential skills to create a great image.
    2. Your photographer needs to know how to create quality archival prints. Archival prints, for the most part, are not available to the general public. Ask about the printing process and about how long the print is expected to stay nice. Be aware, many photographers don’t offer prints and many who do just take your images to the same place you could have taken them.

    The 2 Helpful Things

    1. It is very helpful if your photographer knows how to plan the time of the session. For example, small children have limited attention span and it is very helpful to be able to gauge how they are doing and use the time wisely to get the maximum benefit.
    2. It is also very helpful if your photographer knows about interior design. There are walls in your home that you look at more than others. The ability to identify those walls is helpful. A good photographer will know the rules for sizing an image to look good on the wall. The size of the image, the size of each person’s head, and the size of the room will determine how much you will enjoy the portrait.

    The True Value of Family Portraits

    Strengthens Relationships

    I have a lot of families comment that when they create a display that they look at every day, the feeling of love among their family members increases. The portrait becomes a visual representation of their relationship with each other. That representation reinforces the idea that you are a family that has a special relationship. Families that don’t get along rarely have family portraits taken.

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    Creating a tradition of family portraits can strengthen your family.

    Promotes Strong Family Values

    Family portraits become an immortalized definition of your family. It marks a point in time and preserves your family as it was at that time. Family portraits help to invoke nostalgia and helps you remember the good times. As a family creates a tradition of family portraits they immortalize good memories that strengthens the relationships of that family. It would be impossible to underestimate the psychological benefits family portraits have on the family.

    Ensures Your Family Will Be Remembered

    Your family is special. You are creating a legacy that should be remembered. There will be people who want to remember your family – even hundreds of years from now. Now is the time to create the documentation of who you are so future generations can know about you. Don’t let the time go by.

    It Is Worth Doing Family Portraits Right

    There is not a lot of difference in price. There is not a lot of difference in the amount of work you put in. But, if you choose the right photographer that can provide the right products and services if you make it a priority to get lasting prints and if you chose the right displays you will be surprised at how much more enjoyment your family portraits can provide to you.

    It is worth doing it right!

    Never Pay a Family Portrait Session Fee Again

    Each year we do around 20 free family portrait session days.  We call those Family Portrait Photo Safaris.  These are very popular days among our regular clients.

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