10 Ways We Create A Luxury Family Photo Shoot In SCV


October 16, 2022
Kirsten Quinn

How do we create a luxury family photo shoot in SCV? Here are 10 ways we make family photography feel like a luxury experience for the entire family. 

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At SchlickArt our goal is to make your family portrait session feel as fun and relaxed as possible. 

Why? 

It’s how we capture the incredible bond that only your family shares – and that bond is strongest when everyone is feeling their very best

That’s why we do everything we can to create more than just a photo shoot.

We give your family a luxury experience to remember. 

How We Create A Luxury Family Photo Shoot In SCV

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1. Preparation 

When it comes to family portraits, there can be a lot of moving parts: choosing your wardrobe, coordinating colors and outfits, getting the family ready, getting yourself ready, etc. Plus, you might want to schedule haircuts or other grooming appointments in the days leading up to your portrait session. 

Yes, it can feel like a lot – if you’re not prepared. But that’s exactly what we do for our families here at SchlickArt. 

Every family photography experience begins with a consultation where we discuss your vision and answer all your questions, no matter how big or small they might seem. We walk you through each step, and we continue to check in with you along the way. 

We’re your partner in planning this special family moment; we’re not just here to snap the photo. 

2. Styling Support

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Clothes look different on camera. 

That’s why, at SchlickArt, we discuss the ins and outs of styling in your initial consultation and provide additional support throughout the process. After all, coordinating outfits for your entire family is different than putting together just yours. 

To get you started, we have sample color palettes to get you started, and we can walk you through the silhouettes that look best on camera. That way, you can eliminate the guesswork and plan your looks with confidence

Then, once you arrive on set, we help you choose and coordinate the final details. Whether you bring a suitcase full of shoes (it’s happened) or a few simple selections, we’ll go through your wardrobe and accessories with you. 

We know color, shape and fabric like you know the details of your own field. So you’re not just getting a good photo – you’re getting a little bit of star treatment at the same time. 

3. Hair & Makeup Services 

Depending on your preference and your timeline, you may want professional hair and makeup services before your shoot. That’s why we’ve searched far and wide for professional stylists who work in the entertainment industry. Why? They understand how to create the perfect hair and makeup looks that also translate flawlessly on camera

If you’ve booked an in-studio session, you have the option to book your hair and makeup through us, at an additional cost. Then, before your session, you can enjoy a relaxing sit in the makeup chair, while we get you pampered and ready for your session. Not only does it make you look your best, but this luxurious experience makes you feel good, too. 

4. Natural Light Photography 

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Natural light brings out all those beautiful details that make you who you are – like eye color or the shape of your features – while diminishing the bits we don’t like – like skin pigmentation or dark circles. 

In fact, every aspect of SchlickArt Studios is designed to optimize natural light in a way that makes your final images look simply luscious. From reflective backdrop boards to sheer white curtains, every tool and prop is used to bounce light evenly and beautifully. 

5. Pampering 

We know you want to look and feel your very best when you get your portrait taken. That’s why we do everything we can to make you feel pampered and taken care of from the moment your session begins. 

First and foremost, we always make sure to take extra care of Mom – because we know she’s usually getting everyone else ready while trying to get herself ready, too. So we pay extra attention to her hair, makeup and posing, making adjustments and touch-ups when needed. 

But we don’t just take care of Mom. We do everything in our power to keep the mood positive, the kids engaged, and the parents happy from beginning to end, even if that means chasing the kiddos around the park just to get that perfect candid shot. 

It’s not just a photo shoot at SchlickArt; it’s an experience we hope you cherish, too.

6. Posing Instruction 

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By demonstrating each pose ourselves, we show you exactly what you’re supposed to do, from what to do with your hands to where to place your feet. We’ll help you build each pose from head to toe. We’ll even lead your family through a couple deep breaths to help everyone settle and connect before the session starts. 

Are you looking for a less posed and more candid style of shoot? We’ve got that covered, too. In an outdoor session, our photographer Sonja will run around with the kiddos to capture genuine playtime, while she encourages sibling love and gets everyone laughing. Your kids won’t even realize they’re in a photo shoot – and the photos will be all the proof you need.

7. Genuine Expressions 

Just like we have a system to build the perfect pose, we also have a system to elicit the perfect expression. 

Since we don’t use flash photography, we can shoot rapid-fire to capture multiple images in the span of a second or two. That way, we can capture the entire range of each smile – from the small smirk, all the way up to a full grin, and back to neutral again. Somewhere in that range is the perfect smile, the one that’s big enough to be genuine but also relaxed enough to not feel forced. 

Plus, we also have some fun sayings to help elicit a real and genuine smile, if anyone in your family is feeling shy. (But if you want to see what that’s all about, you’ll have to join us in the studio!) 

8. Perfect Shots

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After your shoot is over, we head back to the studio and begin sorting through your images to find the best ones. We know that staring at a sheet of thumbnail-sized images can be daunting, confusing and not helpful. All the images start to blend together, and it’s hard to choose which ones you really love and need. That’s why we handle this part of the process for you. 

Then, at a later date, we’ll invite you back to the studio to view a custom slideshow that showcases the best image from every pose. We’ll greet you with handmade truffles and bubbly to celebrate (or choose a celebratory drink of your choice). And we’ll walk you through our different packages and purchasing options. 

At SchlickArt, there is no obligation to purchase images because we want you to enjoy this process without pressure. Buy only what you absolutely love

9. Signature Retouching

Even after the shoot is finished, we continue to make things as easy as possible, especially when it comes to editing your images. Our signature retouching brightens the image, illuminates skin, masks imperfections and brings out your natural color. We do just enough to make sure you look like you on your very best day, but we don’t go overboard or do any kind of editing that will alter your expression of features. 

Though we have a signature style that our clients love, we also know this is a sensitive and delicate part of the process that’s completely up to you. As we review your images, we’ll get an idea of what you like and don’t like before we even start editing. Plus, you get a round of revisions, which means we can edit anything you like, or we can pull back the editing wherever you like, as well. 

10. Perfect Presentation 

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That’s why we encourage our clients to give their portraits the space and presentation they deserve – with a visible, prominent place in your home or office. Then you can bask in those beautiful memories every day.

To help you create your own stunning pieces, we offer professional printing services and products of the highest quality. We have inside knowledge of the best manufacturers in the business. We know what to look for when we choose a printer, and we’ve done our research to pick out the very best and most popular products they offer. 

Plus, we take quality control very seriously, and we closely inspect every single product for the slightest of imperfections before we carefully package and deliver them to you. If we find anything at all, we contact the manufacturer, send it back and get it reprinted without you ever having to worry about a thing. 

From start to finish, we make the process easy.

About Our Santa Clarita Family Photography

Our SchlickArt Family Sessions by Sonja are the perfect way to capture your family’s legacy while still enjoying the magic of a luxury SchlickArt photo shoot. We really take care of Mom in this special pampering session, giving her the full treatment with red-carpet hair and makeup services and custom posing instruction. By making sure the entire family is having fun, we help Mom relax and have a great time, too. We take care of everything, so you can walk away with a set of gorgeous family photos that you’ll cherish for generations to come.

About SchlickArt Photography and Video

SchlickArt, a boutique photo and video studio in Santa Clarita, started in March 2012 with the simple idea that empowerment creates a kind of beauty and authenticity that shines through every camera lens. Built on a philosophy — rather than a product, service or person — SchlickArt has rapidly evolved, meeting professional portraiture, business photo and business video needs as diverse as the community we capture. It’s the desire to take care of you, the client, that drives us at SchlickArt.

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Kirsten Quinn
A lover of strong coffee and yellowed pages, Kirsten Quinn-Smith is a professional content writer and owner of WordSmith Content Marketing here in Santa Clarita. She believes great content can forge a loyal, authentic and beneficial relationship between you and your audience – and grow your business. With each piece of writing, Kirsten's goal is to position you in the content spotlight through audience-centered, strategy-based writing that actually sounds like you. Why? Everyone has a story, and every story deserves to be heard.

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