Posts with tag: "tweens & teens"
What Do You Do With Your Senior Portraits?
Friday, February 22, 2019
What Do You Do With Your Senior Portraits?

I've been busy lately with designing and finalizing albums for the class of 2019.  This is something I absolutely love to do!  I remember being afraid of albums in the beginning of MKP.  And now it's something I believe we're known for, which makes my heart happy.  You see, one of the things I love most about my business is that it pushes me through my fears.  And in this case, among others, I find I had nothing to fear at all.  I actually love the very thing I feared!Anyway, I see so many who are thrilled to get hundreds of images from their photographer.  This seems especially true with high school seniors.  I see many images shared on social media.  And it breaks my heart.  Why?  Because I fear that's about all that will be done with those images. Oh, maybe they will print out a gift sized print or two, or possibly a few more to share with family.I mean, so many of the poses and expressions are the same!  Why are hundreds upon hundreds images needed?  Well, here at MKP I shoot for the album.  It's what the best wedding photographers do, so why not a portrait photographer as well?  As I'm working with a client at their session, I try for variety of imagery of course.  In the beginning I work to determine the client's best side.  Their best smile.  Their best "serious look".  I do ...

2018 Limited Edition Back to School
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
What Do You Do With Your Senior Portraits?

I hear so many say they're not happy with the standard portraits offered at school. It makes me sad!Here's your chance for great quality back to school portraits! Come see us in the studio, and we'll be sure you're happy with your portraits BEFORE YOU LEAVE. You'll see your child's portraits as they're created and order only those you truly want. Contact us to schedule your limited edition back to school portraits!  757.676.3764 

Hampton Roads Senior Photographer - Internationally Published!
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
What Do You Do With Your Senior Portraits?

I'm so far behind with blogging!  This post is quite a bit overdue.The September 2017 issue of shutter magazine is important to me for a few reasons.  While having an image featured in the inspirations section is absolutely THRILLING, it's not something I would typically share here.  Sure, I shared a video on my personal Facebook profile, but that was showing my son's reaction to seeing himself in an international magazine anyone could buy at their local Barnes & Noble!  He was incredibly excited to say the least! So why am I sharing it here?  Well, oddly enough, Skip Cohen's article, which is the one article I look forward to and enjoy the most every month, was titled, Shoot for Success with Self Promotion.  The article basically discusses how as photographers (the magazine is for professional photographers), we need to promote our work and ourselves.  To quote Skip,"Many photographers act as if they've got a top-notch publicist on their payroll, and do nothing to promote their business or brand.  They act as if self-promotion is a dirty word and not something worthy of their time, when in reality it's one of the most important aspects of building any business."Well hello - Mr. Cohen was speaking directly to me!!  Right here, in this magazine which chose one of my images to feature!  So, here you go.  ...

Announcing Sportraits! - Outer Banks Photographer
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
What Do You Do With Your Senior Portraits?

I'm thrilled to announce today that we have officially added sportraits to MKP! What exactly are sportraits?  Well, they are some pretty cool sports portraits...we just drop a few letters to make a single word.  ;) Sportraits can be done on location or in studio.  They usually involve some dramatic lighting.  That's how we get the guys somewhat interested in the process.  ;)  We have a few samples to share with you today.  It just so happens that my little guy (who isn't so little anymore) has been pretty active in sports this year.  I've taken full advantage and had him model for me throughout the school year. I love this tennis shot!  Of course, I think that has something to do with the fact that tennis is my favorite sport. The soccer image is one that the little guy and I worked on for quite some time one afternoon when school was out.  I had an idea, inspired by Pinterest, and he willingly modeled for me while I tweaked the lighting for what seemed like forever!  That is the fun for me with sportraits....the dramatic lighting!  I love it so much! We have a sample with the tennis image in the studio.  These are double matted, float mounted, torn edge fine art prints - stunning!  While these images were not intended for display such as this, I totally think it works. I ...

When is the best time for professional portraits of your child? Hampton Roads VA Teen Photographer
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
What Do You Do With Your Senior Portraits?

I realized just last week that it is time for some updated portraits of my teenage son.  Why now specifically?  Well, this is his last year in middle school.  And honestly, I haven't been as diligent as I should be with updating his portraits (outside of his sportraits).  Oops! But here's the thing.  I realized that not only am I not alone, but not everyone knows the best times for professional portraits.  I shared a post on the top seven reasons to hire a professional, which you can find here, but when?  When is it best to make an investment in professional portraits? There are certain times that I think are important to create these heirlooms for our children.For your child's tenth birthday ("double digits").When your child is moving up from elementary school to middle school.When your child is moving up from middle school to high school.When your child gets braces.When your child's braces are removed.Big life changes!  I believe in sportraits as well, which have kept me quite busy for my guy this year!  :) Why do I suggest these particular times for professional portraits?  These are the forgotten years.  Admit it.  You probably started off with all kinds of pictures of your kids when they were little, right?  We all do!  They're so fun and cute!  And then life gets busy, and the ...