Portrait Session Process

Portrait Consultation

Several days prior to the session, our photographer will meet with you for an hour or so to select a setting that will help you feel natural in front of the camera, discuss wardrobe options, and plan the best time of day to schedule your portrait session.  Whether we photograph your family in your home or outdoors, we make the best possible use of available, or ‘ambient,’ light for its naturally flattering effects.  A preliminary visit to the location where the portrait will be made enables the photographer to plan for the optimum lighting effects. The modest session fee charged for each portrait we create covers the cost of this collaborative consultation.

Portrait Session

Depending on the size of your group, the portrait session will last between 90 minutes and 2 hours. We allow for a change of wardrobe during the session as well as a variety of poses and perspectives. During a session, as the photographer becomes familiar with your family and the surroundings, he may be inspired to suggest one or more imaginative poses or groupings for your portrait. These photographs often become overall favorites because of their spontaneous nature. Please view our gallery for some examples of our creative work. Our goal is to capture the unique spirit of your family and each individual member.

Viewing Your Portrait

Your images will be ready to view in our studio a few days following your portrait session. Our projection system enables us to enlarge or reduce your favorite images so that you can envision them in any size you’re considering prior to placing your order.

Like all fine artwork, your Gittings portrait will be protected and enhanced by the frame you choose. Each of our studios offers a selection of museum-quality frames whose style, color and texture will complement the color and style of your portrait.  The frame that encloses your Gittings portrait will become part of its legacy.  Let our qualified consultants assist you with this essential decision.