Thank you to Portrait Innovations for our complimentary photo session and prints. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I remember years ago when Red was small, I created a Wreck it Ralph Disney family costume for the three of us. Complete with a tiny golden hammer, we attended a trunk or treat and had a lot of fun! Just a few years ago, we were all “things” from Star Wars, and after Halloween passed, I realized I didn’t even have a cell phone shot of us all to commemorate the costume effort! This year, I thought better of my plans. With a little pre-planning, I pulled out Red’s Captain Hook costume from The Pirates League, and Scarlett’s green, sparkly Tinkerbell look from Great Pretenders, and set to make a professional appointment for our family costume portrait.
Fortunately for us, we have a Portrait Innovations Studio just a mile or two from our house, meaning that with a quick jump in the car, we can have a customized portrait studio experience with options for beautiful, professional portraits, and just in case we need items for Christmas gifts, personalized items and keepsakes. I made sure we had all our costume pieces as well as a few photo props (think loose trick or treat candy, treat bags, etc) and headed out.
Our photographer greeted us early in the morning (the key to our kids being fed and happy) for our session, which lasted 20 minutes or less, and I was very impressed with her speed and skill. She had my two-year-old sitting pretty and poised while her older brother waited patiently for his turn to wield his hooked hand and pirate grimace. She also shot with speed, a skilled eye to capture candid smiles and even a few laughs!
I’m always a fan of behind-the-scenes info and how-to posts, so I snapped a few photos while the photographer worked her magic so you could see the result. She took two impatient kids gazing at loose candy on the floor (which was a total surprise to them), promising one piece each, as it was our last pose of the day. To my shock and awe, they complied with this nice new lady easily and looked up and down with interest…
And this magical little photo was the result! A perfectly color balanced, cropped miracle, that stood as a sneak peek of what’s to come after we trek around the block, knocking on doors later this month: happy kids exploring their treats.
Of course, a fun photo session is nothing if you can’t take all those photos home with you! I was told with my package, I could choose 6 poses for high res prints, as well as have 8x10s and (2) 5x7s to take home, but what I didn’t expect was to have all the social media low-res files to share with my family. The Portrait Innovations App and the online personal studio made it easy to refer back to my files and order more items. Not to mention my photographer stayed with me to review all the photos and pare them down. To add to my list of pleasant surprises, there were very few “bloopers” or closed eyes… she was totally on it!
Free Family Costume Portrait Innovations Sitting and Prints:
I was so excited not only to have perfect memories of our family costumes but also to hear that Portrait Innovations is offering parents with children dressed in costumes free portraits during its Halloween event taking place at all Portrait Innovations studios Monday, Oct. 30. Between 3 and 7 p.m. Parents will receive two free 5×7 portraits and the digital images of each child dressed in costume. After the event, you can make use of your images by submitting the portraits into the Portrait Innovations’ photo contest for a chance to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes.
To enter, participants should submit their Portrait Innovations Halloween portrait, and then encourage friends and family to vote for it. The 20 portraits with the most votes will be judged by Portrait Innovations for costume originality and 3 families will win. During Portrait Innovations free Halloween event, there will not be any sales or traditional studio appointments available so the team can focus on working with children dressed in costumes for Halloween. Employees will also be handing out candy to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. To find your closest Portrait Innovations studio, visit: www.portraitinnovations.com/Find-a-Studio.
About Portrait Innovations
During the past 15 years, Portrait Innovations has reinvented the professional portrait studio experience, understanding how important capturing and sharing cherished family and personal memories, events, and milestones to its customers. Honored to be the one selected to capture those memories, it has become the largest operator of freestanding retail, professional portrait studios with locations throughout the country. Learn more at www.portraitinnovations.com.