Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography’s specialty is a headshot session.  See more headshots in the gallery.  Contact me to book your individual headshot or corporate group headshots today!

What to Wear for a Headshot Session

Planning your wardrobe for any photo shoot is the hardest part of the entire process.  Planning what to wear for your headshot session is an important part of the success of the headshot session.  Think about your brand, the colors on your website, the industry that you’re in, and what you typically wear to the office.  This is a good starting place for deciding what to wear.  The classic black suit jacket is always right unless you prefer to be more casual.  Darker, solid colors are best instead of patterns.  Ladies should think about necklines and jewelry.  I like jewelry in a headshot but just be sure that it doesn’t distract from the face.  We want the focal point of the headshot to be the face.

Planning the location for your headshot session is another important consideration.  See the article on about How to Choose a Location for Your Headshot Session.

Headshots for Shannon

Shannon has changed careers and is now a real estate agent.  Before she can even begin with open houses or showings, she needs a headshot for her business cards.  We had a fantastic headshot session with a variety of backgrounds, lighting, and posing.  We even used my home as the backdrop for some images.  Realtors need multiple headshots for all of the different advertising they do in different publications.  These headshots will give her some variety and a great start to her marketing materials.

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Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography’s specialty is a headshot session.  See more headshots in the gallery.  Contact me to book your individual headshot or corporate group headshots today!

Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in natural family photos.  See more family photos in the gallery.  Contact me to book your family session today!

How to Take More Natural Family Photos

Let’s face it, Grandma wants a nice family portrait with everyone smiling and looking at the camera.  And maybe Mom really wants one of those too!  So, with my family sessions we always have several options of posed family portraits with everyone smiling and looking at the camera.  But not all of the images have to be posed.  In fact, some of the best images are those that come in between the posed photos.  I’ll be there to capture those moments as well.  Here are a few ideas for taking more natural family photos at your next family session.

Let the Kids Be Kids

I know that you’ve just spent weeks planning the family outfits and everyone is pressed and brushed and polished.  But now is the time to let that go!  We will get the posed family photos early in the session.  Then we will let the kids be kids and run around, get in the dirt, and play.  When we let the kids go, their natural playfulness will take over and we’ll get genuine smiles and laughter.  And when you can relax, we’ll get your good smiles too.

Interact with Each Other

Just do what you would normally do with your kids on a Saturday afternoon.  Sweet kisses on baby toes, a tickle for the toddlers, or a tease for the older kids.  You know what makes your family giggle – so just forget that I’m there and play.  Some of the best interaction is when a family gets close and just has a good tickle fest.

Play A Game

I’m not talking board games here but anything from a family song to a duck, duck, goose, or red light/green light will work.  We just need something fun to get the kids moving and not thinking about the photos.  We’re after genuine interaction and that will come easily with a fun game.

 

Family Portraits with The Emilio Family

The Emilio family was an absolute delight to photograph.  We were able to get some amazing shots of the family smiling and looking at the camera.  In fact, Mom said that this image of them all sitting and the littlest one chewing on her necklace was absolutely her favorite.  It’s her favorite because it’s an accurate picture of them all.  I love that!  After we got the posed photos, the family just played together.  The photo with kids on mom and dad’s shoulders says it all.  They let go of all of the stress of preparations and worry about smiles and just had fun.  They let the kids play chicken (like you do in the pool) and they thought it was great fun.  I won’t show the very last image of the session, though, because sister had had enough.  That one is precious too!

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Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in family portraits.  See more family photos in the gallery.  Contact me to book your family session today!

Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in family photos and pets.  See more family photos in the gallery.  Contact me to book your family’s portrait session today!

Family Photos and Pets

Our pets are part of our families so naturally many people choose to include pets in their family photo session.  I love the dynamic that this brings to the family photo.  All pets have their own personalities just like people.  Some are calm as they sit and smile for the camera.  Others run around like crazy and can only be still for a moment to pose before they’re off again.  Not unlike toddlers, pets are sometimes tough to handle.  However, the resulting family photos are so much richer for their presence.  A snapshot in time, these family portraits represent the whole family – big and small, human and furry.  Together as family.

Here is an article on How To Incorporate Your Pets In Family Photos

A Photograph with Amie

Amie has a service dog named Shelby-Mak.  She wanted photos with her two loves – the dog and the water.  Both serve as calming tools for Amie and are a very important part of her life.  Shelby-Mak is one of those very calm dogs who hardly ever barks, doesn’t run away, and minds her manners.  To say the least, that made my job that much easier.  She is a sweet companion for my friend.  We had a fun photo session near the water and Shelby-Mak loved all the sights and smells!

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Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in family photos,  family and children’s portraiture.  See more family photos in the gallery.  Contact me to book your family’s portrait session today!

Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in family pictures,  family and children’s portraiture.  See more family photos in the gallery.  Contact me to book your family’s portrait session today!

Family Pictures – 3 Tips for a Fantastic Photo Session

Sometimes the preparation for a family photo session can be stressful!  Once all of the outfits are planned, children are fed, and hair brushed, it’s time to relax.  Here are three tips for fantastic family pictures:

Be Prepared

Start planning for your family photo session well in advance of the day of the session.  You’ll need time to coordinate outfits – this is the hardest part.  See my Pinterest page for tips on what to wear for your family session.  Layout all of the outfits so you can see what they look like together.  Plan everything down to the jewelry, socks, and shoes!!  On the day of the session, make sure everyone is fed, rested, and happy.

Relax

Now that you’ve planned and prepared, it’s time to relax!  Take a few deep breaths and center.  Now is the time to take a few minutes to enjoy just being with your family.  This is why we’re doing the family photo session in the first place – to show your true connections.

Have Fun!

Genuine smiles, emotion, and laughter make for the best family pictures.  We will do some posed family shots with everyone smiling and looking at the camera.  In between those posed shots are the unscripted laughs, smiles, and interaction that are truly amazing.  Have fun with your family – tease them, tickle them, chase them, and just be you together.

Family Photos for Emily

I met Emily during a corporate headshot session in The Woodlands.  She mentioned that she would love to have new photos with her son.  He is such a doll and loves his mama!  What a beautiful family photo that Emily can now put on her walls and look at every day.

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Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in family and children’s portraiture.  See more family photos in the gallery.  Contact me to book your family’s portrait session today!

Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in headshots and corporate photography.  See more headshots in the gallery.  Contact me to book your individual headshot session or corporate headshots for the entire office.

How to Choose a Location for your Headshot Session

Choosing a location for your corporate or individual headshot session is an important decision.  When I first chat with clients about their end goals for the headshot, knowing the end goal is one of the topics we will cover.  If it’s for a business publication, a business card, website, magazine, or other promotional materials, we need to consider the background for each scenario.  Here are some examples of backgrounds that I use and why they are the right choice for each scenario.

Studio

I mostly use white, grey, and black studio backgrounds for a professional look.  Grey is the best color to use with multiple people since all colors of hair and clothing coordinate beautifully.  Considered the business standard, this studio headshot is professional, well-lit, and easily repeatable.  These studio sessions can take place in my home studio or at your office location.  Keep in mind that I’ll need space to set up background and lighting.

Natural Light Studio

The Natural Light Studio is only available in my home studio.  This is still a professional look but a little bit softer since no studio lights will be used.

Environmental

An environmental headshot takes place at your office or other location where the environment tells a story.  A headshot that includes a bit of story can be very interesting.  Even a little bit of a waiting area in your office can help people engage and connect with you through your headshot.

Outdoor

An outdoor headshot is a great modern alternative to the traditional studio headshot.  Again, we should consider the background and make sure that it tells the right story for your business.

Corporate Headshots for The Professionals Group

Lance contacted me about a corporate headshot session for his team.  Some team members work with commercial real estate, some with residential real estate, and others in the office setting.  After discussing the options, we decided to do the shoot in my home studio where we were able to get a mix of images for everyone.  We got a standard professional studio headshot for each team member.  Then we used my home for an environmental headshot for the residential real estate members.  Next, we took outdoor shots of the commercial members.  And finally, we took an outdoor group photo in the park with a natural setting.

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Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in headshots and corporate photography.  See more headshots in the gallery.  Contact me to book your individual headshot session or corporate headshots for the entire office.

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