You are thinking of getting a portrait created. Maybe a family portrait. You are not really sure if you want just the children or maybe the whole family. Now you were thinking color because that seems standard. But black and white portraits are kind of cool so maybe you'll go with that. But maybe you'll just do both, after all the photographer can just click a button to make a great black and white, right? Well, no, but that's a discussion we'll get to later in this post.
First of all we really recommend that you have a portrait consultation with us before your session. We prefer this to be in person but do understand if that's just not possible. In those cases we can have a discussion by phone. A great portrait is a piece of art that you are investing in – both time and money. We want to make sure that the final piece of art is the best possible. So we will sit down and discuss with you all the various possibilities. For your family portrait were you thinking of a studio portrait or one outside? We really recommend most outside portraits be in color, unless the lighting and location happens to be really dramatic. Color portraits are all about-- well colors and tones. Black and white is a style that heavily depends on lighting—darks and lights, highlights and shadows. But the focus is off color tones and onto the subjects themselves.
Okay so say you are really thinking that a black and white portrait is the way to go. We recommend these be in studio and will help you with appropriate clothing choices. Black and white portraits really need to be designed in advance for clothing, background and lighting. Just as color portraits would have a different set of lighting, background and clothing choices. For black and white portraits you should consider Relationship Portraits for families. This allows us to create a portrait of the whole family and some individual portraits of the children or parents as well.
As for post processing, no, we really don't just click a button to convert your images to black and white. We use customized software and go through several steps to create just the right look. Kind of like when it was done in the film days using a certain type of film, processing and special paper in the darkroom, depending on the desired outcome.
We photograph both but specialize in black and white portraits. If you are thinking you'd like to try a black and white fine art portrait session give us a call @719.475.0160 and we'll schedule a consultation for you.