In 2015, Matt Mead Photography LLC shot more portrait sessions than we have in any of the previous years. Of these, there are two sessions that I am most proud of. In this post, we’ll showcase the first of these sessions we did — the Witcoski family portraits for their Christmas cards.
The idea was born one evening over copious amounts of bourbon and wine. We half-jokingly came up with the idea of doing Norman Rockwell style family portraits with all the charm and splendor of the 1950’s. The session then took on a life of its own and we finally settled on how we wanted to set this up: a fire in the fire place, rocking chair, apple pie, dogs, and the whole nine yards.
After it was all set up, I took an exposure of the set, with fire burning brightly in the fireplace and then asked the “models” to take their positions. Once everyone was in place, we brought in the dogs and began the session.
The family asked for the final images to be digitally “aged” to give it a more authentically 1950’s feel. So using Adobe Photoshop CC for my initial post, I aged them using the On1 Perfect Photo Suite version 9, photo shop plug in.
One thing I always do during a session is capture my subjects when they think we’re finished and they start horsing around. These candid moments usually end up being the best — here is a selection of my personal favorites.
The next Witcoski family portraits should be interesting as we have already set the bar pretty high with last year’s Christmas card. It’s not too early to book your themed Christmas card family portrait session. Contact us with the form below and stay tuned to the blog to see my second favorite portrait session of 2015!