Christmas is such a wonderful time to present someone with a portrait. It is the gift that keeps on giving. Terry came into the studio expressing that he wanted to create a portrait of something different than what they have had before of their school pictures or what they had done at the mall. I knew this was going to be a very exciting experience for Terry, the children and myself as we embarked on creating a memorable portrait for the children’s mother, to open on Christmas morning.
Terry explained they had a spot on the wall that they have been trying to decorate for a while now. They had purchased several different pieces of art in the past, but they were either not the right proportions, did not standout enough or were just plan not exciting. They did not have that wow factor they were hoping for.
Terry and I discussed the children, to help me gain a better understanding of who they were and how we could create the best portrait to portray them. As I got to know this family a bit more, it became clear that the statement piece this family was looking for was a black and white portrait with dynamic lighting that would draw the viewers attentions and become a signature piece in their home. This particular portrait was going to be a surprise for their mom on Christmas morning, so we needed to knock it out of the park!
We discussed clothing, the style of portrait, the mood we wanted to achieve, but the one thing left to discuss was getting the children to the studio without mom catching on. The children had to have the same story, so if mom was to ask where they were going they would all agree on what they were doing that evening and not give the secret away. I don’t encourage children to lie, so we had to explain that this was a very special surprise for their mom and we had to fudge the truth a bit. It is always interesting trying to explain this to an eight year old. Noah’s brother Evan and sister Grace are older and had no problem understanding.
The session went great and we produced several different portraits of the children, the one below is the portrait that will hang so proudly in mom’s home. I wish I could be a fly on the wall Christmas morning to see mom’s reaction. I am pretty sure some tears will be shed and a very happy and pleased mom will be giving the children a big hug. This will be a Christmas to remember for the whole family. I am so fortunate to be part of this great experience. Moms do so much for their families; it is just nice to do something so special for a special mom.