You’ve got your family portrait session on the calendar, and now it’s time to get ready. The biggest question: how to choose your family picture outfits. What in the heck are you going to wear? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Colors Let’s start with colors: Where will you be hanging your pictures when they’re done?…
I’m a Seattle family photographer with over 20 years of experience in capturing the love of children and families through custom portrait photography. I love being around people. Everyone has a unique essence that shines through, and I have lots of fun capturing it with my camera. When you hire me to photograph your family, you’ll be able to sit back and relax during your session, confident that you’ll end up with portraits you’ll love.
As parents, we’ve all been told to enjoy this time while it lasts, because it will be over in a flash. Each stage of life passes you up before you realize it. Get distracted, and you’ll suddenly find that your children have grown up and left the house. Next you know, they’ll have children of their own. Portraits are so important because they keep us connected to our roots. When this season of your life has ended, pictures will be all you’ve got left. Now is the time to book your portrait session – before the years are gone and you’ve missed your chance.
Lara & Art: It’s not work if you’re doing what you love
Since we’ll be photographing your family, you might want to know a little bit about us. Professionally we’re Lara and Art but our friends know us as Art and La. We’ve been joined at the hip since high school. We’re proud parents of two kids, a dog, and a guinea pig. La loves photography and Art supports her in all her endeavors. We love what we do and we have a ton of fun doing it.
CPP Certified Professional Photographer
Alright, so what’s your process?
The first step is to schedule a design consultation. We will discuss your ideas, look at places where you can show off your final piece, and make a plan for it to be everything you want it to be. It’s all about establishing a vision. What colors should you wear? Should your clothes be casual? How will the art look in the room after it’s finished? How do you want to feel when you see it? Let’s figure out what story we’re telling, and how to communicate that.
Once we’ve answered these questions and come up with a design, we’ll move on to scheduling your photography session. Location and length of time will be based on what we decide in your consultation. While you wait for your session, we may exchange emails & phone calls about photography inspiration or clothing choices. No question is too silly – feel free to call me!
The session comes next – the day you’ve been waiting for! Since we’ll be fully prepared, you can arrive with confidence, and put your worries aside. Leave it to us to make our plans come to life. We’ll have a fun time working together, and making some amazing portraits that you’ll treasure for many years to come.
About two weeks after your session, we will meet for your viewing appointment. This is where you get to see your portraits and make your final selections. This appointment is always lots of fun! You get to experience how amazing your family is, and get ever closer to realizing the artistic vision we laid out during your consultation. Once your selections are made, I will retouch the portraits and prepare them for printing. In most cases, your prints will be ready to deliver about two weeks later.
Once your family portrait is hanging on your wall, the project is complete. But it doesn’t end there. Each day, you’ll walk by your custom portrait, and experience the awe and joy that your family brings you. As the years go by, this art work will become more and more meaningful. It represents your family at this precious moment in time – nothing will ever be quite the same again. The art on your wall allows you to relive that moment whenever you choose. That is a precious thing.
What’s it like to work with you guys?
You’ve been fabulous every single time! My favorite thing has been your flexibility with the whole picture taking process. If the kids are feeling shy, you are able to draw them out and get fabulous pics. I also loved the time you asked what they were interested in, and told me to bring their bikes. I never would have thought of that! You have a really great style and you put the kids at ease. My favorite pics of my kids are the ones you have taken –honest!
— Sue – Amana, Iowa
Our family highly recommends Lara Grauer Photography. Lara is an extremely talented, professional and wonderful person to work with. In the past (before finding Lara) we found many other photographers seemed rushed, pushed their own ideas on us and sometimes made for a stressful photo shoot. Lara, on the other hand, takes her time while striking a nice balance between giving ideas of her own while listening to and following through with her clients’ wants. She is a pleasure to work with and is a photographer I highly recommend.
— Katy – Naperville, Illinois
What a treasure! Working with Lara is a treat. To have someone dedicated to your family’s photos for a few hours is very special and well worth it compared to a trip to a mall portrait studio. Lara was interested in creating beautiful photos and cared about the results. She was flexible with my two-year-old son, who was very worried when Lara walked into the surf to take our picture!
—Phil & Kathleen – Tacoma, Washington
When I look at the picture over the mantel, I remember the day we took this picture at Richmond Beach, the day my husband and I married at that beach, all the days we have played in that area and can FEEL all those great family moments we all cherish. We received so much more than a family portrait.
— Shereen – Shoreline, Washington
When we first hired Lara to photograph our young child, our main concern (like most parents) was that our son would not cooperate. Our concerns were immediately put to rest, and not because our child was overly-cooperative. Lara encourages the children to be themselves, and manages to capture their true personalities while doing it. We have hired Lara several additional times and have always been completely thrilled with the results. When hiring Lara, the only problem you will have is running out of wall space.
— Mike & Cary – Antioch, Illinois
Sounds good. So what’s the bottom line?
A custom family portrait is a special experience that lasts a lifetime. Sessions begin at $299. Gift prints start at $119 and wall art starts at $599.
Ok, Now I’m Excited! How do we get started?
It’s easy, just fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch right away. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
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