WHAT IS A PORTRAIT FILM?
A portrait film is a video created from several clips that we film during your session. I edit them together with music to create a portrait film 1-2 minutes in length. Portrait films are in black and white so details, movement and emotions are the focus of this timeless video. The behavior of little ones is by their very nature, unexpected. The session will flow with what they want to do – smile, play, snuggle, and so forth.
We will progress through video clips and still photographs throughout our time together. During video clips I may mention to avoid talking, since the film is set to music, this is so that you are not mouthing words. It’s about snuggles, smiles and connection, you won’t hear your voice on the final film. I license songs to use for my portrait films and therefore cannot legally use songs that you may want to request that are protected by copyright law.
We have become more visually driven then ever. With social media as a part of our daily lives and videos gaining rapid popularity, this is a technological advancement of a “home video”. It shares special moments and details in an artistic and unique way that you’ll want to relive throughout the years to come. View more examples of my portrait films on my blog by clicking here.
WHO PARTICIPATES IN THE SESSION?
The relaxed nature of my style of filming results in lifestyle imagery. The goal of this session is to capture connection, whether that is between your little one and only the camera, or between you and your little one. The session will not always result in a typical posed family picture. I have found the connection between two individuals at a time to be the most compelling for video. If other family members want to be involved we will incorporate them within the alotted session time to feature those connections and then it will be edited together to create a cohesive portrait film. For examples, please view the blog for recent work and a variety of sessions which vary from just the little one, to interacting with parents, to incorporating siblings. The decision of who participates in the session will be discussed prior to, so that we can make sure your goals for the final imagery and portrait film are realized.
WHEN DO WE SEE THE FILM AND PHOTOS?
Normally, within two weeks of your session you will be sent links to your gallery of photographs as well as your portrait film which you may easily share. You will be given instructions on how to download the high resolution images and video files. It is your responsibility to back up and safely archive these files. Generally, a blog post is made with my favorite images and portrait film of your session that you are welcome to share with family and friends.
WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS?
All major credit/debit cards are accepted as is cash/check. The retainer is paid to book your session appointment. At that point you can pay the balance at the same time, process balance payment at time of session or make payments to easily budget your session. Files are released when session is paid in full.
WHO OWNS THE FILES?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, US Code) to the creators of “original works of authorship,” to include literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. As a visual artist I retain copyrights to my work. With your session and final digital files you are granted my “Permission to Print”, meaning I authorize you to use/reproduce those images for your personal use. It is understood that you would not alter or edit the images as that would effect the integrity of the work.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
I think of the family style bedroom setting at my studio as a blank white canvas. I believe that lighter tones work best so that the focus is on faces, expressions, and connection. Neutral solids such as white, ivory, cream, gray, or soft pastel colors are good choices. Avoid patterns and anything with a logo or graphic on it as that draws attention away from your little one. For little ones under the age of two, I have a perfect selection of attire options at the studio. Bringing options can be helpful if you are unsure, we can review your options and decide when you arrive.
Props. My style for portrait films is simplistic and therefore usually doesn’t involve props or accessories. The focus of your session is the connection between the camera and your little one, or yourself and your little one. Therefore props and accessories are not recommended unless you have a special toy that holds significant meaning to include or if we are doing a unique theme which we would discuss ahead of time.