Sep
09

No, we’re not giving away a grandparent, but since this Sunday is National Grandparent’s Day, we are having a special promotion in honor of all the wonderful grandparents out there.

I was blessed with 4 loving grandparents who each in their own way tremendously influenced my life. I was also super-close to my maternal grandmother, Nam, who was your stereotypical grandmother in all senses of the word. She taught me so much about how to live a good life, and as any good teacher does, she taught not only by words but by example. She passed away the day after my 26th birthday, and seven years later I’ll still find myself reaching for my phone to call and tell her something.

Even though I have tons of pictures of us when I was a child, I only have ONE picture of me with her when I was an adult. It’s just a typical snapshot taken at my parent’s house, but it’s one of my favorite pictures ever. It stays tucked away in my Bible and I take it out and look at it all the time. It’s because of this picture that I always make all my brides get a picture of just them and their grandparent’s at the wedding. Not a posed picture, but that cheek-to-cheek, hug-only-grandmother-can-give squeeze that they’ll hopefully treasure forever.

So, between now and Sunday, September 11, 2011, book a session for your grandparents and their grandkids and receive 20% off the session fee and prints! Email us at jenny@brookeraineyphotos.com to reserve your spot today!

Sep
06

Every year about this time, I start getting a lot of emails about what family’s should wear to their portrait sessions. While there is certainly no right or wrong way to dress, there are definitely some general guidelines that you can follow. And yes, you can always do the typical white shirts and khaki pants, but why not show a little more of your family’s personality? Here are 5 helpful tips to get you started:

1. Try to stay away from white, if possible. If you just bought a beautiful white smocked dress for your little girl, or your all-time favorite sweater is white, then by all means wear it, but otherwise, move on to something with a little color. White sometimes can wash people out.

2. Pick a color palette of 2-3 colors and stay within those shades. Here is a great blog post that I found online from another photographer if you need some inspiration. You can use different patterns, but make sure that at least a few people in solids.

3. Think about your background. If your session is going to be in the green grass in the middle of a park, pick a color palette that will contrast with that green, like a red or pink or blue.

4. Try not to get too trendy. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all about some trend – but usually not for the family portrait. Think stylish rather than trendy. You can always add some flair later on in the session.

5. Keep it comfortable. It has been my experience that when kids (and husbands!) are comfortable, they take better pictures. Again, you may love that smocked dress, but if she doesn’t smile in it, is it worth it?

Below are some examples of outfits that would coordinate well together for a family of 4. (All pieces are from J.Crew.)…….

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Aug
24

 


Jul
15

We wanted to share some pictures from a recent shoot that just makes us smile over here at Brooke Rainey Photos.

Christina and her family, including her adorable, sweet little boy made for a fantastic session, and it would be a crime not to share his perfect smile with the blog!

Hope this makes you all smile as much as it does us!

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Jul
14

Oh my goodness we feel so honored!

Out of thousands of entries, we are incredibly excited to be chosen as one of the photographers featured on the 2011 Design Aglow Inspire Me cards!  Inspire Me Cards are tools for photographers to turn to, to perfect and improve their styling and posing of photographic subjects.

We feel so proud to have one of our photographs from Brooke Rainey Photos to be featured on one of these cards, and are further honored to have this piece of work be considered an inspirational shot!

Please check out the Inspire Me Cards 2011 Feature today on the Design Aglow blog!  And thank you to Design Aglow for featuring our work!