dan and stephanie fine creative family portrait by photillustrator

Creating A Story with Dan and Stephanie Fine

When asked, just about everyone says they chose Photillustrator over the average family portrait because it’s Different. In fact, Dan and Stephanie Fine knew the second they saw the Campisi Family Portrait called “Behind the Egyptian”, they had to have one also.

So, what makes these Creative Family Portraits so Different?

Imagine living in a world where the only family portrait option you have is the same old boring portraits where everyone is lined up, awkwardly posed, and reluctantly smiling for the camera.

Oh, wait! You don’t have to imagine that do you?

Let me show you what made Dan and Stephanie’s family portrait so Different.

The Discovery Session

Every family portrait starts with a Discovery Session where we meet for 60 minutes in your home so I can get to know you and your family, we brainstorm ideas for your portrait, and together we design out your uniquely Different story.

For Dan and Stephanie, they knew they wanted to feature their backyard in their portrait, which was a great starting point.

Digging a little deeper, I learned more about each of their personalities including the dogs, and together we began designing out their story.

For example; Ari get’s into everything, Jules loves soccer, Lisle is their little monkey, Dad always has a cigar, and mom just needs a glass of wine.

So, considering all these fun details about the Fine family, I set out to create a Concept Sketch of their family portrait.

The Approval Session

The Approval Session gives you 100% control over your family portrait, giving you the opportunity to make any changes you’d like and/or approving the sketch of your portrait.

For Dan and Stephanie, this was a very quick process with the only change they wanted was for the Cowboys to be shown on the T.V. in the background.

the concept sketch for dan and stephanie fines creative family portrait

You may be wondering why the sketch looks different from the final family portrait the Fine’s received?

The Photo Sessions

The Photo Sessions is where the fun really begins and includes 2 to 3 visits to capture all the necessary images required to create your Amazing family portrait.

For Dan and Stephanie, 2 Photo Sessions were required.

Starting with the first Photo Session, which is designed to capture all the images needed to create your portrait scene, we spent a couple of hours hanging out with the Fine’s as we took all the photos of their backyard scene.

the scene for the fine family portrait

Once your scene has been photographed and created, we’re ready to schedule the Photo Session where we get all the images we need of you and your family.

For Dan and Stephanie, that included them, their 3 kids, 2 dogs, a bounce house, and a lot of photos of the detail items needed to tell their story.

The Photo Sessions are a lot of fun and it gives you an opportunity to get a little crazy, or in some cases, “Crazier” than normal.

The Artwork Phase

Now that all the photos have been taken and the scene for your Creative Family Portrait has been set, it’s time for me to really dig in and get artistic.

With the average family portrait requiring 30 to 40 hours of artwork, and quite often additional photography time in my studio, a lot goes into making sure your family portrait Different.

before and after of composite photography of dan

composite photography before and after of stephanie

composite photography before and after of ari

composite photography of jules

composite photography of lisle

The artwork is what will give your family portrait depth and feeling, which you can’t get in any other portrait anywhere.

That’s a Wrap

In the end, all the time and money you’ve invested in your family portrait that’s Different brings you to the BIG Reveal where you get to see your portrait for the very first time.

CLICK HERE to see Dan and Stephanie’s, BIG Reveal.

Have you ever seen a family portrait get the kind of reaction Dan and Stephanie’s did? What kind of reaction do you think they would have gotten if they just did the same old boring photos everyone else was doing?

Weigh in and tell me what you think, and why you would ever want to do a boring family portrait again.

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