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Lori J Photography Valentines Mini Sessions $99

Each year, the around the holiday timeframes, is an opportunity for discounts and themed sessions. This year, Lori J Photography of Denver will be offering Valentines Mini Sessions. Sunday, January 25th, 2014 will be our Valentines Mini Sessions in a Denver Park (location will be provided to participants). Currently there are two open spots left, 9:30am and 10:00 am. Moms, this is a great way to take care of those classroom Valentines Day cards for your kiddos. So, snag your spot! Email info@lorijphotography.com or call 303-241-3738

The Details:

When: Sunday January 25th

Where: A Denver Park (Location provided to participants)

Cost: $99 

Who: The whole family, just the two of you, or for the kiddos.

What you get: The photography talent, a what to wear guide, a 20 minute mini session in an outdoor location, a 5×7 print and 24 classroom valentines (for the kiddos) OR a Facebook Timeline Cover. Additional digitals and other fabulous home decor items available as add ons to your Mini session. 

Why: Because you want to capture every memory of your child, family, and/or relationship. Why not cross this off your to-do list. Besides, how long has it been since you got your photograph taken by a professional??

Reserve your Valentines mini session with Denver Photographer, Lori J Photography email info@lorijphotography.com or call 303-241-3738

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Ah, the family photography session. You pick your photographer, you pick your outfits, and you rush around the house to look perfect for your shoot. You arrive ontime and get started, the kids just aren’t smiling as much as they do at home with your camera. They want to squirm around and run away. Parents often get stressed out when their kids aren’t doing what they imagined at the photo session. Relax, its ok! As a photographer, I am prepared for your children to absolutly hate my camera. As a result, I end up doing a bunch of funny stuff behind the camera to get their attention. The person worried about the childrens behavior the most is Mom and the person who gets frustrated the most is Dad. So relax!

As a Lifestyle photographer, I want you and your family to interact, so play, laugh have fun, ride in the wagon, swing on the swings, read a book, run around, take a walk, or do whatever it is that you do on a normal basis to have fun with your kids. Portraits are about capturing and embracing personality. If you want those super posed school photos with the backdrop, you buy them. Lets face it, most families find a professional photographer because they want to see beautiful, colorful, interactive images on their wall.

Here are a few tips for preparing your family for your photography session. This post is meant to help you be prepared and just have fun as a family. In the end you will be thankful that you took a few extra minutes to prepare so that you can relax.

1. Scheduling- Schedule your session with your photographer based on the best time of day that your kids are the most pleaseant for you. This may be after a meal, after a nap, after bathtime, you know your kids best.

2. Bring snacks- Kids get worn out quicker than us adults. An hour is a long time in kid world. Let them recharge with a few bites of food. Pack some snacks for you too, just in case you forgot to eat. Plus all of that running around getting ready, probably wore you out more than you thought.

3. Plan- Bring an extra set of clothes for kiddos, make sure your bag is packed, give yourself 10 extra minutes, and know where you are going.  Arrive before the session if possible. You want to get a parking spot and get the kids out of the car and acclimated to the shoot location.

4. Comforts- Bring favorite toys and a few other comforts from home to help the kids feel like they aren’t completely in a foreign place. At least they have their favorite item. These can also be used as an interactive peice that I can use as the photographer to interacte with your kids.

5. Let go- Let your expectations go out the door and just interact with your family. Of course times may come up where you do need to redirect the kids, get help from your partner and be specific about what is needed. If you need me as the photographer to back off for a few minutes and let the kids play. Just say it, it will make for cute interactive photographs. Besides the kids can run around and Mom and Dad can get a few shots.

Did you find this helpful?  do you have any other suggestions? Maybe you have more suggestions for parents? Please leave your comment below.

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I enjoy the families that I work with, especially when I get to know them and see them year after year. The C Family has been part of Lori J Photography for a long time. I am pleased that I have had the opportunity to photograph not only their wedding, but also birthday portraits, newborn portraits, and the yearly session filled with laughter and funny moments they share as a family of four.

For their session, we set out early on a Saturday morning to Eastman Park in Windsor, CO.  This year the photo session was a Mickey Mouse themed session for their little guy’s birthday (inspired by Pinterest browsing from Mom.) Of course, the little guy wasn’t having anything to do with the camera. We got tricky playing peek-a-boo with an umbrella and got some awesome shots with big smiles.  The big sister was quite the little ham of the day, naturally posing in front of the camera.  About 4 years ago, she was just as shy and silly just like her little brother.  Of course Mom and Dad are still are as cute as ever. Gotta love high school sweethearts!

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Family perks: Laughing, having fun, teaming up together, holding hands, and tickle time

After-all, life is about having fun and enjoying the little moments! Sometimes we have to push aside busy schedules and the negativity received from others to hone in on what we find important.

Hats off! You make it look so easy.  Let these photos preserve your memories and serve as a reminder of the positive efforts you have for your relationship and your family.

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Breaking the mold. That seems to be the new trend these days with professional headshots. Breaking the mold of the traditional corporate headshot. Instead of the plan backdrop, business owners and professionals are turning towards a new style of photography referred to as lifestyle.  This style shows more of your personality and exhibits the face of your business or the style of you management.  If you are considering venturing into a new style of headshots, consider a few things to see if breaking the mold is for you.

Tips to help you pick your style for your photography session

1. What do you want to convey to your clients? – Consider the type of services you offer. Regardless of what you offer, your customers want to see who they are working with.  Consider your ideal clients and what message you are trying to send, is it helpful neighborhood repairs, trendy design consultant, caring therapist, artistic graphic artist, corporate manager with a creative side, or experienced painter. Whatever your title or business venture, you convey a message to attract clients for your business.

2. What is your personality? Nature or Urban? These two ideals may sound like they have nothing to do with making a good photograph. But being in your element helps you relax and it also helps bring your personality into your photography session and into your images. I am sure you don’t want to look back on your images and say, “That day was uncomfortable”. Being in a comfortable setting is also about the message you want to convey to the clients serve or that your product serves.

3. Find the photographer that is right for you- If you are looking for headshots that are lifestyle, fun, urban, classy, chic… then find a photographer that can help you capture these elements. Ask questions, state what you want, look at their work and their personality.

4. Variety Variations in attire at your photography session allows you to have timeless looks. This permits you rotating  your images out in a few months or years on your social media profiles, professional publications, website, email footer, and brochures. This variation also protects your investment, giving you more bang for your buck.

5. Invest- Photography is a luxury and can be expensive. Headshots range from $500-$1,000 in the Denver Area and with only a handful of digital negatives.  So, don’t pick a photographer based on price only. You can find many photographers on Craigslist and Groupon but just because you got a good deal…doesn’t mean you will like what you see.  You will want to create a Professional Look, not a look that says, “My friend took these photos”. So consult a professional.

Best of luck! Remember, you are the face of your business and headshots are the first imagery to captivate your audience.

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