Monday, April 16, 2018

7 Tips for Taking Beautiful Family Photos


Family photos are one activity many families dread. What’s meant to be a fun, memorable event can quickly become a stressful, panic-inducing nightmare. Here are some tips from PPA family portrait photographers to help your family take beautiful photos.

1. Find the right photographer:  Best case scenario, meet the photographer to ensure there is mutual chemistry between the two of you. Even better, bring your kids with you to see how they and the photographer relate to each other. Most photographers perform better when they have a good connection with a family… and it shows in the pictures. Also review a photographer’s online portfolio, pricing and policies, and look at their social media pages and customer reviews on third party websites. If you want a large portion of your session to be in black and white, find a photographer who loves black and white. If you want a natural, candid session with minimal posing, find a photographer whose existing work reflects that. Don’t waste time and energy hoping that the photographer will understand your vision, rather, find someone whose work communicates that.

2. Plan ahead.  All too often people spend the day(s) before their photo session running around to the dry cleaner, hair stylist, and novelty stores for last minute purchases and props. Instead, plan the look you want a few days before and don’t be shy about asking your photographer to help you prepare for your session. He or she knows what to expect during a family photo session and will be happy to share their tips with you so your family will be comfortable and relaxed the day of the shoot. Have everyone try everything on beforehand. It is often hard for families to recover from a day of being nagged, so set expectations ahead of time. And try to spend time enjoying yourself and your kids a few hours before your session.


3. Select color themes.  Instead of looking for top-to-bottom looks for everyone in your family, look in each closet for color themes. For a soft, elegant look, choose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics. Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family? Choose coordinating colors with bold accent colors to complement each other (but not matchy, matchy which would make you compete with each other). Including fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.


4. Talk to your kids beforehand.  Kids are smart and they love feeling big and informed. Tell them a “professional photographer” is coming over. Show them the clothes they will be wearing, involve them in the discussion of what you will be doing and where you will be doing it. New people and places can be unsettling to kids especially to toddlers melting down in the afternoon hours. So do what you can to turn your photographer into a new friend familiar to your kids before the session.


5. Decide on a reward.  Bring your kids’ favorite toys or treats and give them to your photographer to use when he or she needs to get their attention. But don’t overuse them or they’ll lose their magic. Kids need far less prompting and are much better at candid expressions than adults. Don’t needlessly bribe them, it, too will lose its magic. If the photographer gets to say that your family goes out for frozen yogurt afterwards, your kids will be far more apt to cooperate.


6. Feed everyone beforehand.  Pick a time when your kids are usually well behaved. If they’re grumpy in the morning, don’t plan a morning photo shoot and expect them to be pumped about it. Bring their favorite snack as long as it’s not messy and they can eat it hands-free (no red teeth or chocolate chins needed!). But bring an extra set of clothes and some paper towels just in case.


7. Trust your photographer.  All too often parents get nervous when their child isn’t looking at the photographer or smiling “right”, causing their child anxiety and robbing the photographer (and themselves!) the chance for candid portraits. Seasoned family portrait photographers know how to make your children feel comfortable so let them work their magic. After all, you’re paying them to create just that, right?


Sunday, April 8, 2018

6 Tips For Planning Your Wedding Photos Like A Pro


With everything that goes into your wedding day, those once-in-a-lifetime moments will go by in a blur—which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must. After all, the last thing you should be worrying about is whether your photographer will be able to capture your big day.
The key? Prepare yourself so that you can accurately evaluate the “right” photographer for you. Follow these six tips to help you plan your wedding photos like a pro:

1- Book far in advance:   The best photographers get booked quickly — sometimes as much as a year in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute to book your photographer.
2- Show them the money:  Now is not the time to skimp on your photo budget. Call around and get a price range for services and remember: when the cake is long gone and the dress is stored away, your wedding photos will be the only thing left.
3- Make sure your photographer is a real pro:  Only hire someone who has liability insurance, experience taking the style of photos you want, backup equipment and a plan for when things go south. Ideally, he or she is a PPA photographer. PPA photographers have the technical expertise and artistry to make you look your best and bring your vision to life.
4- Request to see a full gallery of real weddings:  Ask to view an entire wedding album to see a photographer’s true style and get a sense of how he or she might tell your “story.”
5- Work with your photographer to create a shot list:  PPA wedding photographers can also help you create that shot list as they know what key moments tell a wedding story. But talk about your must-haves and walk through the entire program with your photographer ahead of time. Share your expectations ahead of time to ensure that your vision becomes a reality.
6- Plan your post-wedding photo strategy...ahead of time:  Almost as soon as the festivities are over, you’ll be eager to look at the photos so you can relive your big day over and over again. Ask your photographer for teasers or a “sneak peek,” and a timeline for when the rest of the pictures will be available. Will they give you an online gallery to proof?

Friday, February 9, 2018

Selecting the Right Wall Portrait for You



Imagine a beautiful wall portrait of your family hanging above your sofa or sitting casually above your fireplace mantel. It is the focal point of your living space. The one thing that everyone who walks into the room will notice immediately. And you smile proudly when you hear remarks about what a beautiful family you have.
Ok, let’s back up a little. What goes in to selecting the right portrait for your space? Of course, the first thing is selecting the right photographer to capture that perfect family portrait (but that’s another blog). If your photographer has done the job right, he/she’s been guiding you all the way through the process, from the first contact until the ordering session as to what the final product(s) could be.
Let’s say you have found the perfect photographer, you’ve had a consultation, had a wonderful photo session, and you’re ready to sit down with him/her to make your selection. Oh, the choices! It will be tough to choose the image(s) that you want to hang on your wall. This is another place that your photographer can really help you. He/she will be able to give you expert advice that you will need to make the right choices.
The next decision will be do you go with a traditional canvas gallery wrap, a more modern stand out mount, an exciting metal print, or a luxurious framed print? This will definitely depend on your taste and what the d├ęcor’ is in your living space. If you go with a framed print, be sure that you have the option of selecting the style of frame, deciding if it will be matted or not, and know that when you receive your wall portrait, it will be a finished piece of art ready to hang on your wall.
Then you need to think about the size of the wall portrait. Artwork that is too small will get dwarfed by the surroundings, and a piece that is too big will look as if it is spilling over. A good idea is to measure your space. Better yet, send a picture of that space to your photographer so that he/she can show you exactly how your portrait will look in that space. Then you can adjust style or size as needed.
Wall art, when done correctly, can help pull a space together, give it that finished touch. And of course, your lovely piece of wall art will enhance the room with color and style and be the eye catching focal point of your home. It is an investment that you will enjoy for many years, and then be able to hand down to the next generation for their enjoyment.
Photos By Gum will share with you a large selection of wall portrait choices and frames, provide you with professional advice, and present a high quality end product. Call or email us to make your appointment today.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Forgotten Generation


When was the last time you had a family portrait taken? In 30 or 40 years, how will you remember the most important moments of your life? According to a nationwide survey conducted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), 67% of survey respondents store their photos solely on a computer or phone. WHY IS THIS A BAD IDEA? There was 4.5 million lost or stolen phones in the U.S. alone in 2014. Only 33% of people say they actively back up photos and data on their phones. What about technological mishaps? What if you accidentally pushed a delete button, your computer crashes, coffee spills or water damage. There are also power surges, lost memory cards, USB drives, or CD’s. And don’t forget about malware or a computer virus.

You say what about online storage? There could be costly subscriptions, hardware or Wi-Fi access. With technology evolving so rapidly, future access could be unpredictable or maybe even impossible. Another problem is some storage services only save lower resolution files, limiting your quality and print size.

Future generations will have difficulty knowing us because there won’t be a tangible photo history of our lives nor theirs. Did you know that 53% of people haven’t printed a photo in the last 12 months. 70% don’t have a photo album at all and 42% no longer print at all.


Preserve your special moments for future generations. Have a new family portrait taken and turn it into a piece of art to hang on your wall. Create new and beautiful photo albums to share those memories with family and friends. Don’t let us become the forgotten generation. We at Photos By Gum are working hard to create beautiful works of art you will be proud to share with others. Don’t wait, save those memories today before it is too late.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I've Got a Ring - Now what?



Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times of a person’s life. And the first thing you’re going to want to do is share the good news with your family and friends. And what will they say, “Oh, that is so wonderful. Congratulations! When is the wedding.”

So, it’s probably time to set a date, or at least a general time frame – spring, summer, fall. You’ll also want to start “dreaming” about where will the wedding be, what will my dress look like, who will be in our wedding, who will we invite, where will we go for our honeymoon? You might want to start a wedding site, or a wedding notebook that you can fill up with all those wonderful ideas.

A very important tip, set a budget and stick to it. Weddings can get way out of hand if you’re not careful. Who’s paying for what? What do you see as the most important things to spend money on? You’ll need to decide if you’re going to hire a wedding planner, or if you and your mom or best friends will take care of all the planning, decorating, and decision making.

And then, it is time to find your vendors. The first thing you’ll want to find is your venue. There are so many options to choose from – a sandy beach by the lake, a rustic barn, an industrial chic location, an historic elegant location, a traditional church, a local vineyard, or grandma and grandpa’s back yard. (location shot)

Once you’ve set your date and location, it’s on to find the other vendors. Next should be your photographer. Many professional photographers are booking dates a year and sometimes two years in advance. Do your research – make sure your photographer is licensed and insured. They only have one shot at getting the perfect images, so be sure they have the experience and skills needed. You’ll also want to make sure that you love their style. If their package includes two photographers, even better. (ceremony shot)

Other vendors you’ll need to consider are the florist, caterer, baker, music & lighting, transportation, the officiate, travel planner, and more. Make sure you get contracts for everyone you work with (even if they are friends). (bouquet shot)

Photos By Gum has many years of experience in helping to create and capture a day to remember. As we tell all of our brides and grooms, “You have a story to tell, and we want to help tell it, with beautiful images of your special day.”

For all of your wedding photography needs, visit our website at www.PhotosByGum.com  or check us out on Facebook.

Engagement Photos - Are they right for you?

Engagement pictures – are they right for you?
Depending on the photographer, and the wedding collections the photographer offers, an engagement session may or may not be included. But they are always a good idea. It’s not just about getting some super cool couples shots (even though that is the main reason).

For you, the engagement session is probably the opportunity to have your first professional photos of you as a couple. And, it gives you the chance to get used to a camera following you around, helping you become more comfortable when it comes to the wedding day. It’s also about getting to know your photographer – his/her style, how he interacts with you, or what she expects from you.

And it’s about your photographer getting to know you – how the two of you move together, what is your style, your likes and dislikes.

The end result – absolutely gorgeous images that capture your true personalities and the emotions of the day. Whether you’re hanging a beautiful wall portrait in your home, perusing an incredible wedding photo album, or looking at images on your computer (that’s another blog), an engagement session will increase your satisfaction by leaps and bounds. Talk to your photographer today to see what he/she can do for you.


For all of your engagement photo and/or wedding needs, you can contact us at www.photosbygum.com or check us out on Facebook 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Family Time

Don't forget about having your family portrait taken. What a great way to remember a great day when everyone is together.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Engagement Photos with Jacob & Kaylin

Congratulations to Jacob & Kaylin on their engagement. We can't wait to photograph their wedding.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lake West Chamber Annual Dinner

We has some good old fashion fun at the Roaring 20's Chamber Annual Dinner. Here are a few photos from our Photos-To-Go Photobooth.






Sunday, January 26, 2014

Worms... $2.00, stick poles FREE, quality time with grandpa....... PRICELE$$....           #family