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Fall Photography Specials

Was your last family photo taken 3 kids ago? 

For the first time ever, I am offering a photography special for family photos!  If you’ve been meaning to update your family pictures but have been intimidated by the whole process, I’m here to help.
I love photographing families and want to photograph your family!

Utah family pictures with quadruplets by photographer Loni Smith

I have been photographing families for 8 years and especially love working with young children.  
I have a large family of my own,  so I understand the stress that comes with being a parent to 5 kids and trying to plan family photos, I can help you with that!
 I also understand that little ones have their own unique personalities that you want captured, so I aim to capture that in my photos. 

Family pictures taken by Utah photographer Loni Smith Photography

If you have a child getting ready to graduate and leave for college – now is the time to book!
If your family is finally complete – now is the time to book!
If your military spouse just got home – now is the time to book!
If you want really pretty family pictures – now is the time to book!

Family hug photos taken by Utah photographer Loni Smith Photography

If you don’t necessarily need family pictures, but need photos of your graduating senior, your two kids that are the best of friends, or your 6 year old with his best friend that’s a dog, well, then I’ll book that too. 

Picture of sisters in outdoors Utah taken by Loni Smith photography

Now for the details!

Session retainer due when booking your session – $199 + tax

The session retainer includes the consultation, session, up to 20 miles of travel, ordering and viewing appointment.  Prints and digitals are not included in the session retainer. 

Special packages available for purchase after your session:

$499 + tax
1 11×14 canvas or photographic print
15 digital images
10% off of additional print products

$799 + tax
1 16×24 canvas or photographic print or 8×8 book
25 digital images
10% off of additional print products

$1199 + tax
1 24×36 canvas or photographic print or 8×8 book
40 digital images
10% off of additional print products

These sessions will take place outdoors in the evenings and can only be booked on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays through October 30th 2019. I will book up to two sessions a week.

These special prices can not be used for Animal Encounter sessions or Whimsical sessions (composites). For more information on these two types of sessions, click here.
They can also not be used for event photography. 

Head swaps can be made on your photos when possible, but heavy compositing (switching an entire person from one photo to another) will be charged an additional creative fee. 

In case of inclement weather, we will simply reschedule your session to a better day. 

The session retainer must be paid at the time of booking your session in order to reserve a spot on the schedule. I can take a credit card over the phone or send an invoice through email that must be paid within 12 hours. 

If you’re ready to book, contact me here!

Sessions are limited!  I will only take up to two sessions a week.

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Easy Peasy Portrait Sessions |Utah Photographer

Did you know I’m with you every step of the way?

You’re a busy person – I’ve learned this about you through my years of photographing children and families.   Perhaps you haven’t scheduled a family session for an embarrassing amount of years, not because you don’t care, but because the process is daunting.  There are so many decisions to make, outfits to buy, photos to print, frame and hang.  What if you had someone to help you with all of that? Would family photos seem possible then?

When you book a session with Loni Smith Photography, I am with you every step of the way.  I’m going to give you a breakdown of my process so you know what to expect and can breathe a sigh of relief that in the end, you’ll have expertly printed portraits in your home.

siblings brother and sister photography by Utah photographer Loni Smith

Step 1

My website is a wealth of information.  Browse for a few minutes on there to make sure that you love my photography style and check out my welcome guide for my frequently asked questions and pricing information here.

Step 2

Contact me! I can’t work with you if you don’t reach out, I want to help and I want you to have a wall gallery of your family just as much as you do. Shoot me an email at portraits@lonismithphotography.com  or call me at 385-429-0028.

Step 3

In person consultation or phone call.  I would love to meet you in person! You’re going to invest your hard earned money into heirloom quality wall art and albums, you definitely need to see what you’re investing in.  I prefer to schedule in person consultations at my studio so we can get to know each other and schedule a date for your session. Don’t know where you want to shoot?  I know a place you’ll love.  I will show you some beautiful, handpicked photo locations that I have found through hours of location scouting. Together, we decide on the best location for your family.  We also discuss wardrobe.  You will pay the session retainer at the time of booking your session, I make that easy for you by accepting cash, check, or card.  Do you live out of state? We could also do all of this over the phone.

little girl in blue dress taken by Utah children's photographer Loni Smith

Step 4

Assemble your wardrobe, I’m happy to help with this! Coordinating outfits can be exhausting,  I can make recommendations for color schemes and offer items from my personal studio wardrobe.  I truly do mean it when I tell you to send me photos of your outfits so we can build your family session wardrobe together.

Step 5

The photo session. Come to your session and prepare to show off your family’s amazing characteristics, talents and playful behavior.  Have fun, be ready to laugh and let me in on those tender moments with your kids.

Step 6

Preview Session. This is when you get to return to my studio and preview your unedited photos. I show you a wonderful collection of photos, and together, we narrow them down to your favorites.  If you have a hard time with decisions, I am there to help you decide which photos to print on your chosen print products. I can design an aesthetically pleasing wall arrangement using an actual photo of your wall and I also take care of the album design if you choose to purchase an album. I collect payment for your print products at this session.

Teenage girls portrait taken by Loni Smith Photography in Utah

Step 7

Approve my work on your photos. I professionally retouch and then upload your portraits into an easy to access password protected online gallery. If you ordered an album, I also upload the album design. When you love what you see, I then place the order with the printer. If you would like some changes, I take care of those until you’re happy and then I place the order with the printer.

Step 8

Display your photos.  As soon as I receive your products, I inspect them to make sure they are perfect.  But I don’t stop there! I then schedule a time to deliver them to your home.  I can also hang your wall arrangement if you ordered one.  If you are out of state, I package your order back up and ship it to you via priority mail.

family photo session with Utah photographer Loni Smith

Step 9

Enjoy your professional portraits for years to come! Your heart will swell and a tear will likely form at the corner of your eye, embrace those emotions! This is your legacy, proudly show off those photos to everyone that will look.

Ready to schedule a consultation? I’d love to meet with you! You can contact me here.

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Makin’ It Snappy: A Man’s Guide to Family Photo Shoots

Written by guest blogger Todd Smith

Are you a man embarking on a family photography session? If so, you are a stud. You are about to do something for your family that you’ll be proud of. I am a guy married to a photographer and she’s had us do family shoots frequently for years now. I’ve learned the secrets to a snappy photography session. By snappy, I mean the shoot is as brief and pleasant as possible.

Eat

Eat ahead of time or bring food to stave off your caveman hunger. Hunger and photo shoots are natural enemies; don’t mix them together. And make sure the rest of your tribe eats too. If you still want to use food bribery on your kids before the session, do it with dessert.

Ask

Ask the photographer what you can do to help…ask throughout the session. Don’t assume you know how to help, you paid a lot of money for someone else to be in charge today. The photographer doesn’t want to waste your time or theirs. Would you want some clown to come to your job site and assume they know how to “help” you?

Expect

Expect the experience to be as good as you make it. Nothing will influence the shoot more than your attitude, dude. Go into this knowing you will need to handle curve balls like misbehaving kids and on-the-fly changes. Misbehaving dads make the shoot slow and miserable for all involved. Don’t be that guy.

Smile

Smile when the camera is pointed at you. Really. If this is hard for you, just think back to the funniest thing you can remember. Imagine how funny as hell it was! If you do a celebrity mugshot impression, it won’t make you feel like you got your money’s worth.

Bonus tip…

Appreciate

Appreciate your kids. You’re a grown ass man, they are just kids and this was hard for them. Tell them how much you appreciate how good they did. Pour on the praise! You want them on your side for the next photo shoot, right?

There it is! I’ve told you my secrets for makin’ a shoot snappy! If you do the opposite, you’ll be sent sulking to the doghouse. And you know what I’m talking about. But if you apply my secrets, when the shoot is over, you’ll bask in glory.

Utah family photo session by Loni Smith Photography
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Adaley’s Session |Utah Newborn Photographer

Three Perfect Princesses

I have photographed Shellie’s family a few times over the past 5 years and have really enjoyed watching them grow. When she contacted me for a newborn session recently, I was ecstatic to find out that she would be adding another little princess to her family. Shellie is a lot like me in the way that she likes a vintage look, loves flowers and lace, and does not shy away from the color pink. Shellie lives in Idaho now, but she made the drive with her husband and three kids to Utah to photograph Adaley’s newborn session.

Family photo with Utah newborn photographer Loni Smith
Shellie loved that I was able to dress her and her three girls at her newborn session. Having a newborn is tough enough, let your photographer provide your wardrobe!

All the Vintage Goodness

Once Shellie’s family arrived, I pulled out all of my vintage lace, quilts and clothing. I showed her a pile of pinks and creams and ruffles. We oohed and aahed over my brand new canopy, giggled at how tiny Adaley looked on my newborn bed, and watched her older two girls spin circles in my fancy Dollcake dresses.

Utah studio newborn with Loni Smith Photography

Adaley’s sisters, Paisley and Kynlee, were so smitten with their new sister. She was so teeny and snuggled into them so nicely. They wanted to caress her little toes and kiss her smooth forehead. They were so patient as I set up each new photo and loved the opportunity to dress up.

Sisters with newborn taken by Utah photographer Loni Smith
Three sisters at newborn session with Utah photographer Loni Smith

Photos with Mom and Dad

I strongly encourage parents to get into photos with their new babies. Often, moms will worry that they haven’t lost their baby weight, or they just don’t feel like themselves, but encourage it anyway, because there are only a few weeks to capture your baby at her tiniest before she starts to grow and change. Shellie has done a newborn session with me before, so she and Alan came prepared to get into photos with Adaley.

parents with newborn taken in Utah by photographer Loni Smith
Newborn girl in dad's hands by Loni Smith Photography in Utah
Mom and dad with baby daughter taken by newborn photographer Loni Smith
Mom and dad with infant daughter taken by Utah based photographer Loni Smith

I love this family so much. Shellie has become a close friend since she first hired me years ago. Adaley was welcomed to my studio with excitement, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this new little bundle of joy. Thank you to Shellie, Alan and your three perfect princesses for trusting me to continue to capture and preserve your family’s most precious memories!

If you’d like to learn more about booking a newborn session with me, head to my contact page.

Newborn session by Loni Smith Photography in Utah
Newborn on moon taken by Utah based photographer Loni Smith
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What to Wear to a Family Photo Session | Utah Family Photographer

After years of saying “we need to update our family photos”, you finally booked a session with your dream photographer, , you just finished with the consultation and picked out a gorgeous location, now for the biggest question that all clients face : what should my family wear?

Deciding what to wear comes easy to a few lucky people, but let’s face it, you’re here reading this blog because you’re not one of those people. That’s okay, I’m not one of those people either. But after years of photographing beautifully dressed families and then moving on to help dress those families, I’ve collected the best tips and organized them nicely on this blog for you.

After you’re through reading this article, you’ll be able to use this checklist when planning your family’s wardrobe for your session:

  • Consider your location
  • Dress for the season
  • Mom’s outfit first
  • Be cautious of patterns
  • Look for textures
  • Plan some accessories
  • Don’t forget about socks, shoes and underthings
family portraits with Utah photographer Loni Smith Photography

Let’s begin with the first two considerations that you need to dive into before you run out to Target and buy that dress that you’ve been eyeballing.

Consider your location

Is your session taking place indoors or outdoors? Is the location urban or wild?

If you plan to shoot at your photographer’s studio,  make sure you discuss with your photographer the backdrop options that she has so you can use them to plan complimentary colors. I.E. if your photographer plans to use an Old Master’s blue backdrop, consider dressing in cooler tones to match with it.   

If you’re shooting outdoors, talk to your photographer about the overall colors at the location. If you’re at an urban location, will you be downtown with gray buildings and white sidewalks? Will you be on a cute, colorful small town street? Plan accordingly.  If you’re shooting in nature, are the leaves green or yellow or orange?  Is there grass? Are there flowers and what colors are they? What is the overall majority color of the scene?  Asking these questions will at least give you an opportunity to decide on a neutral tone and if you’d like to go with warmer tones or cooler tones.

Family photo session with Utah photographer Loni Smith

Dress for the Season

If it’s Winter or Spring, think about pastel tones.  If it’s summer, neutrals or bold colors go well.  If it’s Fall, jewel tones also photograph really nice. Dress for the season.

Fall – Imagine these items in jewel tones:  sweaters, pants, corduroy, scarves, velvet, leggings, leather boots

Winter – Imagine these in neutral and pastel tones: faux fur, sweaters, boots, scarves, knit hats, leg warmers, pants, wool

Spring- Imagine these in pastel tones or in tones of spring flowers – sundress, sunhat, sandals, shorts, linen, seersucker, cotton

Summer- Imagine these in bold tones : shorts, flowy shirts, suspenders, sunhat, sundress, linen, wedge sandals, seersucker, cotton

Winter portraits of families with Utah based Loni Smith Photography
I dressed my family for my location with pastels and used brown and cream as my neutrals. We dressed for the season with scarves and snowboots.

Mom’s outfit first

Now that you’ve nailed down details of your location and the season, you can hit the stores to find the first outfit for your family. Tip: don’t start in the kid’s section, unless you’re a single dad shopping for yourself and your kids, then you can start with any family member you want.  But if mom will be present at the session – this is the best advice out of this entire article because it makes all the difference when shopping for your wardrobe… start with mom’s outfit first.

Why does this matter? The first outfit that is picked out tends to decide the criteria for all the rest of the outfits. Think about it, if mom finds a cute boutique outfit for her 5 year old daughter that she’s dying to use for her session, she now has to spend hours in dressing rooms trying to find an outfit for herself that fits within those parameters set by her daughter’s outfit. 

It’s hard enough for moms to find something that they feel beautiful and comfortable in.   Moms tend to be the hardest on themselves in family portraits, and I speak from experience after years of selling wall art to clients –  if mom doesn’t completely love the way she looks in an outfit, she won’t like any of the photos with her in them.   Moms, start out by finding a comfortable outfit that you love that fits with the location and season.

Family portrait ideas with Utah photographer Loni Smith

Next, take the color scheme from mom’s outfit and plan the rest of the family’s outfits.  I often find a lot of help by typing the colors into google plus the word palette or scheme. For example, if mom chose a dress that has purple, white and blue on it, she would type in “purple white blue color palette” or “purple white blue color scheme” and she would be met with pages upon pages of coordinating colors.  She now knows which colors will compliment her dress well and she can use those colors to pick out the rest of her family’s wardrobe.   I suggest using no less than 3 coordinating colors and no more than 6 (this also depends on family size, the bigger the family, the more colors you are likely to need).  You can tie in colors to each outfit with accessories as well.

What to wear to your family session with Utah Photographer Loni Smith

Let’s use the color scheme from the above photo: yellow, navy, burgundy, with cream as a neutral. Mom is in yellow and navy, dad is in burgundy and blue jeans, daughter 1 is in yellow and cream (I think she was also wearing a navy skirt, ,daughter 2 is in yellow and navy, son 1 is in navy and yellow, son 2 in burgundy and navy, son 3 in navy and blue and son 4 in navy and burgundy. This family used three coordinating colors with 1 main neutral.

Family portrait session with Loni Smith Photography in Utah

Be cautious of patterns

You don’t want your outfits to clash or be too busy. You can choose a busy pattern for one or two members of your family (this depends on how big your family is!)  and choose solids or really subtle patterns for the rest of the family. You can add a touch of a pattern in a small accessory such as a scarf or bowtie. In the photo above, only mom is in a busy pattern while everyone else is in solids.

Family at Utah lavender farm with Loni Smith Photography
For this family photo, I started with the colors of the location at the lavender farm. I settled on purple, peach, light blue white, and a touch of green. There are two people in patterns, the rest are in solids.
Textures for photography with Utah based Loni Smith Photography
Different textures can be used to add dimension to your wardrobe.

Look for textures

Look for different textures. Wool, lace, gauze, corduroy, linen, etc. Combine different textures for depth and interest. Textures create tiny shadows that give your photos more dimension and look almost three dimensional when printed. 

Family photo session in Utah wildflowers with Loni Smith Photography
These colors look great together, look great with the location, and the clothing goes well with the season. There are two bold patterns, one subtle pattern (little boy to the left) and the rest of the articles of clothing are solid colors.
Vintage car family photos with Utah photographer Loni Smith
Accessories like hair bows and scarves can really tie together your color scheme.

Plan some accessories

Accessories can go a long way in tying in outfits. Hats, shoes, jewelry, hair accessories, belts, scarves, bowties, suspenders, etc. Make sure the accessories tie in with your color scheme and fit your style.

Family portrait session with Utah photographer Loni Smith
family in Utah wildflowers
This photo of my family was photographed by http://krisdoman.com

Don’t forget about socks, shoes and underthings

Socks are generally overlooked, but remember, when your family is posed sitting on the ground, socks will show.  And shoes will show in some if not all pictures.  Make sure the socks and shoes coordinate with your outfits!  Also, if any of your family’s outfits are slightly see through, make sure that anything  they are wearing underneath the outfit doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb – for example, a white top with a black bra.

family session with newborn in Utah studio by Loni Smith Photography
There are some amazing textures in this family photo. I provided all of the outfits in this photo except for what dad is wearing.
Outdoor Utah family session with Loni Smith Photography

One last piece of advice that you will thank me for  before starting your session – have everyone in your family empty their pockets before beginning your session – this is mainly for the dads and teenage boys as females often wear things without pockets.  I can’t tell you how many cell phones, wallets and sets of keys I’ve collected from my clients over the years after noticing unfortunate bulges in their shirt and pants pockets.  Those things can be pretty difficult to try to edit out.   

family with quadruplet photo session with Utah photographer Loni Smith
I keep a collection of dresses for girls and moms in my studio that my clients have access to.

Now, let’s do a quick recap:

Location, season, mom’s outfit, accessories, patterns, textures and finally, socks, footwear and underthings.

If you take all of these things into consideration, you’re bound to have a gorgeous session with a seamless look which will result in wall art that you’re proud to hang in your home. 

If you’re ready to book your family session , head to my contact page and shoot me an email, I’d love to work with you!

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