Top 3 Outdoor Family Portrait Locations | Chandler Family Photographer

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Today, I bring you a few gorgeous examples of our favorite places to photograph families outdoors.

We have so many beautiful outdoor locations to choose from, that it was tough to pick our favorites, but here they are:


Number 3: Riparian Preserve

Family Portrait at Riparian Preserve in front of Saguaro Cacti

Family Portrait at Riparian Preserve in front of Saguaro Cacti


The natural beauty of the Arizona desert surrounds you at the Riparian Preserve.  We love photographing our families in front of the large Saguaro cacti, and prickly pear cactus.  There are also a few lakes throughout the trails of the Preserve, if you wanted to include water in your portraits.  The Riparian Preserve is a great choice for families that like the outdoors, or want to have a portrait in a more natural setting.


Number 2: Fulton Ranch

family portrait at fulton ranch

family portrait at fulton ranch


Fulton Ranch is a beautiful, classic location for family portraits.  We love the stonework bridge, golden sunlight and water features at this location.  This location is ideal for smaller family groups, and families that want to have manicured grass and water in their portraits.


Number 1: Our Private Portrait Park

family portraits at leasures private portrait park

family portraits at leasures private portrait park


Our newest outdoor location is also our top pick for outdoor family portraits!  The lush, private garden is perfect for children of all ages, and even pets.  There is a wonderful waterfall feature, manicured grass, large trees, bushes and flowers.  It is our favorite outdoor location for portraits.  Your family will love this tranquil setting.


If you are interested in a family portrait session click here.  We can’t wait to photograph your family.


5 tips for Creating Fabulous Fall Fashion in Your Portraits | Chandler Family Photographer

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neutral what to wear family portrait

Choosing what to wear for family portraits can be stressful.  So, we’re here to help alleviate that stress, with 5 tips to create a fashionable, cohesive look for your portraits this fall.

When you think of fall, what comes to mind?  Changing leaves, cozy sweaters, boots?  What colors do you think of?  Browns, yellows, blues?  It’s easy to create a great fall inspired look, just follow these 5 tips.


1. Pick A Color Scheme

The hottest trend for fall portraits is neutrals!  The great thing about neutral colors – they’re easy to coordinate.  Stick with beige, grays, creams, whites and dark jeans – done!  Starting the base of your outfits with neutrals helps to create a cohesive look.  Think of your family’s outfits in terms of one giant outfit, it makes the coordination a little easier.  We’ll show you how to add in some color in the later tips.

2.  Choose Varied Styles Of Tops

Having everyone wear one style of top is pretty boring.  So, let’s change it up a bit.  Mom can wear a blouse, dad can wear a button up dress shirt, little brother can wear a sweater and big sister can wear a dress or tunic.  If you picked your color scheme carefully, the different styles will add interest, and they should look nice together.  Lay the outfits out on your bed, or kitchen table as you put them together.  This will help you to visualize the tops together.

3.  Layers Are Your Friend

Once you’ve decided on the styles and colors of your tops, think about layering cardigans, sweaters, vests, or jackets to really pull your looks together.  Want to add in some color?  Pick one color (blue for instance) and add it into the outfits with your layers.  If you have a neutral jacket you want to wear, but your top is navy, that will work out well.  Add navy to another family members outfit with a vest, or a neutral and navy plaid shirt.  Keep it simple, and classic.  Layers need to be added carefully, or it can look messy.

Keep in mind, Mom and Dad will most likely have a couples portrait together.  Do those tops coordinate?  Do you need to add a cardigan or vest to one of the outfits to make it coordinate better?  Do the children’s outfits look good together?  Can each outfit stand on it’s own, for individual portraits?

4.  Bottoms And Shoes Are Important

Everyone does not have to wear the same colored bottoms, or shoes, but they do need to look good together.  So, if Mom is wearing brown boots, big sister should wear a brown toned shoe as well.  It’s usually best to keep everyone’s shoes the same color, but it’s not necessary.

Do not wear brightly colored shoes that don’t fit with your color scheme.  Stay away from white sneakers and socks as well.  Darker shoes are best, since they need to coordinate, but you don’t want them to stand out and grab your attention.

5.  Accessorize

Accessories really help to personalize your outfits.  Put hair bows in the little girl(s) hair, or a headband.  Add necklaces, earrings, bangles, rings to mom’s outfit…anything that goes with your aesthetic.  Guys can wear watches, or ties, even hats can be fun!  Keep your colors in your general color scheme, and make sure to keep the sizes proportionate to the person wearing the accessory.  Little sister should not have a hair bow that is as big as her head, it will draw too much attention away from her beautiful face.

Now you are a pro at planning your family portrait outfits, with fall inspiration.  We’ll see you for your portraits soon!


Family Portraits – What to Wear | Arizona Family Portraits

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Having family portraits professionally photographed is always really exciting.  Today I have a few tips for you, to help create the most memorable portrait.

When you imagine your family portrait hanging in your home, do you imagine what you’re wearing?  If you haven’t thought about that, let’s think about it now.

What colors does your family wear often?  What colors are in your home decor?  Questions like these are important to ask yourself.

When selecting your clothing, you should first visualize where your portrait will hang.  You should consider clothing colors that will accent the room where the portrait will be displayed.  Also, outdoor settings generally have a lot of texture and depth surrounding the subjects.  When photographing outdoors, it is especially important to stay with simple clothes that are solid colors.  Families should wear the same, or similar colors to create a harmonious look.  Solid colors in earth tones or jewel tones are recommended.  The goal is to focus on the faces in the family, and not the clothing.  Dark shoes and dark socks are best.  Avoid white socks and white sneakers, or brightly colored shoes.

If you want to see examples, look through our family gallery, for inspiration.

Family Portraits – It’s all in the details | Chandler Family Portraits

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Having family portraits professionally photographed is always really exciting.  Today I have a few tips for you, to help create the most memorable portrait.

We’re going to go over the details of hair, makeup and glasses.  These details may seem small, but when overlooked, the difference is clear.

Hair: Try to have your hair cut and/or colored at least one or two weeks before your session.  This extra time gives it a chance to fill in or relax.  Please don’t try a radically different haircut or style too close to your session – what if you don’t like it?

Makeup: (guys too!) Here’s a quick hint that greatly enhances your portrait originals – before your session, stand two feet in front of the mirror and dab a small amount of cover up makeup over any noticeable blemishes.  That’s it! If you can’t see them in the mirror, they’ll show less in your photographs.  All of our portraits include retouching of blemishes, stray hairs and circles under the eyes.  On special requests we can digitally remove braces for an additional charge.

Glasses: If you wear glasses most of the time, you’ll want to wear them in your portraits.  To eliminate glare and reflection, call your optometrist and arrange to borrow a pair of empty frames similar to your or have the lenses removed from your frames.  Most opticians will help, with no charge, but make sure you give them plenty of notice.  Having the lenses out eliminates glare and distortions – it is the best way to improve your portraits if you wear glasses.




Family at the Park Portraits | Chandler Family Photographer

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Our Family at the Park sessions are here!  Let us create a beautiful family portrait for you, this fall.

We are accepting sessions at the park from September 13th through January 31st.

Our wonderful photographers bring their studio lights, reflectors and assistants to create for you, a dynamic portrait.

If you visit our Family Promotions page, and fill out our guest form, you will be gifted the session fee.  A $200 value!

For more details, or to schedule your appointment, call our studio at 480.786.4585

We can’t wait to photograph your family.