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Philadelphia Family Photography • What to and not to Wear!

Its that time of year again!!! Family photos and what to wear is the dilemma du jour!

  • Textures and layers always look nice and add depth and detail to the photo.  Knits, scarves and sweaters for the fall and winter portraits are great on camera!
  • Solids colors are best.  Busy, loud patterns or logos will draw too much attention in your photos, so solids are always a safe bet!
  • Avoid clothes with fine, repetitive lines typically found on men’s dress shirts or suits.  These detailed lines can be difficult for the camera to register and may appear as wavy lines instead.  
  • Avoid wearing loud or fluorescent colors since it can be distracting when looking at a photos and the colors can reflect on your face.  So, unless you want to be bright orange, it’s best to stay away from fluorescents.
  • IRON your wardrobe!  I can’t stress this enough.  Every detail will show up in your portraits, so be sure to iron out any wrinkles, remove lint and loose threads.
  • Don’t over-do accessories.  
  • If you wear eye glasses all the time, feel free to bring them, but if you can do without your glasses or have contact lenses, this is a better option.  Eyeglasses can cause a reflection of light or objects.
  • Everyone should dress in a similar-style, for example:  All casual or all formal.  Even the shoe styles should be consistent.  In other words, don’t have some family members with closed-toed shoes and others with flip-flops in the same photo.
  • Shirts and dress colors should be within the same color palette or be complimentary colors, rather than everyone in identical colors. Identical colors tend to look too “matchy”.
  • Pants and skirts can be similar or identical in color, for example:  light denim, dark denim, tan khakis.
  • Women’s clothing is more colorful than men’s clothing.  I always tell Moms to start with picking a color they like best for the girls, then put the guys in a more neutral color.  Super cute when Moms and daughters throw a splash of similar color with an accessory like a matching scarf or headband.  Here are some great combinations!

Fall Family Picture Outfit Ideas

There are recognizable markers that trigger the “fall feeling” in each of us. With the weather cooling down, the leaves changing, and a trip to the pumpkin patch in the near future, fall is full of inspiration you can use for your outfit choices. If you are taking your family photos during the fall season, incorporate seasonal earth tones, rich maroons or burnt oranges. Wear layers and have fun playing in the leaves. Use the following Fall color arrangements and styling tips to guide your clothing selections.

Fall outfits are all about the layers! Plus, wearing layers makes for a quick outfit change too.

Take advantage of the colorful fall leaves and let them inspire your outfit choices.

Use fall accessories to add texture to your photos. Think big scarves and stylish boots.

Plaid shirts are a popular clothing selection for fall family photos. Think about dressing a few of your members in this season appropriate pattern.

Check out these ideas on Pinterest!

Family Photo Ideas

Color Palette Ideas

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Philadelphia Portrait Photographer • Indoor Fall Mini Sessions

It’s Fall and its still 80 degrees!! 
 
So I have brought the outside inside to the studio. An autumnal scene with leaves and pumpkins.
 
Kids Only – Up to 2 Kids ($20 each additional) 
 
Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th
 

15 minute sessions 

$50 
 
Special fall discounted product & print pricing to order from, images and packages starting at $99 
 
Book today to reserve your desired time slot.
Special fall discounted product & print pricing to order from 
If you want to include the whole family, please call to book our regular fall family portraits, available Sunday through Saturday. brianjamesphotostudio@gmail.com
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Philadelphia Headshot Photographer • Madalyn St John •

I first met Madalyn through Dave Barrus.  She was playing Carrie in a production of Carousel at the Media Theatre.  Finally a year later we teamed up and captured some amazing headshots.  watch out for this one!

“Madalyn St. John plays a cute and spunky Carrie Pipperidge, bringing a welcome breath of fresh air to the production.”
– Broadway World

Madalyn is currently a member of Playhouse West Philadelphia, a community of actors who continuously pursue excellence in their craft
through regular training and the creation of new film and theatre.

See more of her work and upcoming projects here: http://www.madalynstjohn.com/

 

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High School Senior Portraits • Some College applications are requiring photos!

The college application process can seem intimidating, especially if students don’t have parents or siblings who have already been through it and can offer advice.

Since there are so many steps, such as writing an essay and obtaining letters of recommendation, experts say a good way for students to get started is to create a to-do list during their junior year of high school.

Though there is often prep work that happens beforehand, students generally begin filling out college applications the summer between their junior and senior year of high school, experts say.

Some College applications are requiring photos!  Especially performing art schools and conservatories.  It is hard enough to get accepted, make your best impression with professional admission pics!  A great way to complete your package!

Senior Package

Simple Senior
$275.00
30 minutes, two changes
Approximately 16-20 Images to choose from
Will completely retouch 3 images 


Premier Senior

$375.00
1-1.5 hours, up to 4 changes
Full Digital Gallery
Will completely retouch one of each look or up to 6 images 

**Additional image sot be retouched will be $35.00 per image 

How do I make an Appointment? 

Please call or email to set up an appointment! 917-202-8968 brianjamesphotostudio@gmail.com

Check out this informative article for all you college bound kids!

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/college-application-process

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Philadelphia High School Senior Portraits • Ambassadors Class of 2019

Brian James photo Studio is looking for Outgoing High School Seniors.

What is the Ambassador Program?
Ambassadors act as marketing reps for Brian James Photo Studios’ Senior Picture Department.
As an Ambassador, you will receive a free portrait session to be taken at either the photo studio or on location.

After your session, we’ll review your images and choose one for your Senior Ambassador modeling cards. 
Your Ambassador Cards are business card prints that include the image we’ve chosen, your name and Brian James Photo Studio contact information. Your job then will be to hand out to your friends who are Junior and Seniors. Additionally we’ll tag you with studio branded (watermarked) photos on Facebook and create a timeline image for your own Facebook.

It’s as simple as that. A free Senior photo and all you need to do is to tell your friends about how much fun and what a positive experience was. We want you to encourage them to choose Brian James Photo Studio for their Senior Portraits.

How are Ambassadors Chosen?
Senior Ambassadors are chosen based an application.

How do I start?
Please email us for an application. We are looking for someone outgoing, photogenic and active students willing to promote Brian James Photo Studio.

What do you get?
Your friends must mention your name when booking their session for you to get credit. We know you’re working hard for us and we want to reward hard work!!! As you accumulate referrals, you earn points!

Each referral is 50 Points which equals $50 in photography fees or prints…

  • A free initial studio session 30 min session
  • 50 Senior Ambassador cards with your picture and our contact info.
  • Facebook timeline and profile picture branded with our studio logo

Your duties are to:

  • Hand out your Senior Ambassador cards to current Juniors and Seniors.
  • LIKE us on Facebook and refer your friends to like our page.
  • Use your Facebook timeline and profile pictures
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Philadelphia Children’s Portrait Photographer• Booking Holiday Mini Sessions Now!

Last Minute Addition!
This Sunday after Thanksgiving
November 26th 12pm to 4 pm.

 

2017 Holiday Mini Sessions! 

How would you like to get this year’s holiday
cards done in 15 minutes?
 
THIS Sunday Nov.26th & Saturday Dec. 9th
Chestnut Hill Studio
 
$150.00- Due at Booking
Your choice of three fun backdrops
Digital Gallery & Print Release
Now Booking
*Kids Only- Family Sessions still available
brianjamesphotostudio@gmail.com
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Philadelphia Family Portrait Photographer• Booking Fall Sessions Now!

Happy Fall Everyone!

We are now booking Family Sessions for Fall Portraits! 
Holiday Themed  Studio Sessions will be Schedule from November 15th through December10th 2017. 
 
Full Sessions 
During our session we will take several photos that I will edit and send to you via a link for you to view. You will receive a digital gallery of images and select your favorites. You can order prints directly form the site or download the files and have them printed at a service of your choice. 
50% deposit required
Print release included 
 
Packages
Family Plus Session- One Family 
$375.00- Approximately 45 minutes  
Group Sitting, Shots of individual Children and a Sibling Pose, time permitting. 
Studio or Locations Available
Digital gallery 
 
Extended Family Plus Session- 
$675.00- 90 Minutes 
Session will include an Extended Family Group pose, Individual Families pose, individual child/children poses, and sibling, cousin pose etc. 
Studio or Locations Available 
Digital gallery 
 
Make an Appointment Today!!
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The Parent Trip: Monica and Michael Kenyon of Lansdale

Monica and Michael Kenyon with daughter Addison.

THE PARENTS: Monica Kenyon, 28, and Michael Kenyon, 31, of Lansdale

 

THE CHILD: Addison Louise, born April 24, 2017

HOW THEY NAMED HER: Each devised lists of possibilities, then they cross-checked, narrowing the field until they agreed on a first name. “Louise” is Monica’s mother’s middle name.

Monica presented the gift as a Labor Day present.

 

 

 

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Now booking- Fall Family Portraits

 

It’s that time of year again!

September Through November 2017

Please call or email today as sessions will fill up quickly!

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Philadelphia, PA Baptism Portrait Photography • Julia

My adorable niece Julia was baptized this weekend and here are some of my favorites from our photo session. Her gown was made from my mom’s weddings dress.  It was such a lovely day for this beautiful baby girl.

 

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