Family portraits aren’t just for Facebook posts. Here are 5 fun ways to bring your Santa Clarita family portraits into your home.
How often do you find yourself savoring the little moments?
Watching your newborn sleep.
Smiling as your toddler’s giggle fills the air.
Holding back tears as you drop off your kiddo at school.
Stroking their hair as you read them a bedtime story.
Wishing for more time as your oldest learns to drive.
Missing the sound of their voices filling the house, once they’ve gone off to college.
Parents spend their children’s entire lives wishing for more time. Most parents would give anything just to have those small moments back.
We can’t stop time. We can’t keep them from growing up.
But we can help you remember today’s moments forever.
That’s why we put together this quick and easy list of our clients’ favorite ways to bring their Santa Clarita family portraits into their homes, offices and living spaces – so you can make your most precious memories visible and present forever.
5 Fun Ways To Use Your Santa Clarita Family Portraits
1. Above-the-Mantel Portrait
The most coveted wall space in any home is of course the spot above the mantel, and there’s nothing more beautiful to grace your empty walls with than a stunning family portrait.
In fact, this should be the first place you hang a printed family portrait. Why? It’s one of the main focal points in your entire home – so you will see it every single day.
So often, we go through all the motions of taking a family portrait – schedules, outfits, getting the whole family ready, posing, selecting your images, purchasing the best images. Why would you waste all that time and energy, as well as those beautiful memories, by posting them on Facebook once and forgetting about them until next year?
Your family portrait is more than just a picture. At SchlickArt, we help you capture the unique, unconditional love you show each other every single day. It freezes a moment in time, so you can always remember what that stage of life felt like. More importantly, it creates a lasting legacy of your family’s love and growth.
Certainly that’s worth hanging above the fireplace.
2. Holiday Ornament
Not every family portrait has to be as grand as the one above the mantel. Sometimes the best way to keep your family with you is in the small, simple ways – such as a beautiful holiday ornament.
This is an especially great use of your family portrait if you take new ones each year. By turning your annual family portrait into a holiday ornament, you’re also creating a legacy of your family’s growth over time. You can watch your kids grow up right before your eyes, as their smiling faces twinkle in the Christmas tree lights.
3. Keepsake Box
If you ask the photographers at SchlickArt, a stunning keepsake box is one of their favorite ways to bring family portraits into their own homes. Not only are the boxes stunning, stand-alone decor pieces, but inside them is a stack of delicately matted or metal prints.
Like having an entire gallery wall at your fingertips, professional prints are as accessible as they are elegant. Whenever you’re feeling down or frustrated – and you need a little reminder of the love that surrounds you – flipping through a stack of prints is like taking your soul to the spa.
We dare you to place one of these keepsake boxes on your coffee table and not feel the love every time it catches your eye. Plus there’s a box for every home decor style, from solid marble to textured wood to silky satin.
4. Coffee Table Book
This is another gorgeous, classic product for family portraits. The coffee table book has stood the test of time for a reason. It’s the easiest way to tell the story of your family – and keep it present in your home every day. Not only is it always within reach, but it’s there for your friends, extended family and guests to enjoy, too. In just a few pages, they can see all the different faces of your love … and share it with you.
It’s also the perfect option if you love so many of your images that you can’t choose just one, or even three! With a coffee table book, you can arrange the images exactly the way you like them, telling a story with every turn of the page. You can even customize the cover by adding a photo or personal inscription, or you can choose a luscious cover material such as leather, velvet, etc., in many colors. There’s no better way to capture your family’s unique style.
Not every family portrait has to be perfectly pretty – some can be silly and fun, too! A calendar made up of your family’s images is a great way to add laughter and levity to your office, workspace or home. (Did we mention they make the perfect gifts for Dad, too?)
Whenever we do a family portrait session, we always include some opportunities for playfulness and silly faces. Why? We want to capture what it looks like for your family to simply have fun in each other’s company. These are often our clients’ favorite images, and they’re the perfect ones to add to a customized wall calendar.
The Bottom Line
Whether you choose to hang your favorite family portrait above the mantel, or carry it with you daily as a keychain or calendar, we hope you bring your beautiful images into your lives in a tangible way.
After all, your Santa Clarita family portraits aren’t just made for a Facebook post. They’re made to capture the one thing we can never really hold onto: time.
About Sonja Gilhuys, Your Santa Clarita Family Photographer
With her two young boys as her muse, Sonja Gilhuys first picked up a camera because she didn’t want to miss a single moment of their childhoods. Everything changed after that, and Sonja quickly began photographing family and friends on a referral basis. In 2019, she joined the SchlickArt Photography & Video team as a Junior Photographer and Studio Assistant, and today, Sonja heads up our indoor/outdoor family line, SchlickArt Family Sessions by Sonja, which captures your family’s most precious moments with a candid yet polished style that looks as luxurious as the shoot feels.
About Lead Photographer Lindsay Schlick
With the mind of a businesswoman and the heart of an adventurer, Lindsay began to conceive of a different kind of Santa Clarita photography business. In her vision, stepping in front of the camera could be an empowering experience that gave her clients more than just a photograph — it would give people a new way of seeing themselves. With an eye for seeing the beauty in life and in others, Lindsay could use the camera to spread beauty.
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.