Why Should We Have Family Portraits Taken?

Why should we have family portraits taken?
The answer is simple: Portraits capture a glimpse of a moment in time in your families lives that will never be the same. Portraits remind us to remember moments with our families- the emotion and feelings of that day and that year are brought back by looking at your images and reminiscing.

As a child, my sister, brothers and I always dragged out my Mom’s photo albums and poured through them. Now, when we get together as adults, we talk about old times and each of us has a memory that the other ones have forgotten but is brought back like a treasured jewel to gaze upon and feel all over again.

Did you know that Family portraits actually boost children’s self esteem? There’s a great article HERE about it-here’s an excerpt:

David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.”

My home is decorated with framed and mounted photos of my family. When families hire me to create their portraits, it is my intent for the final piece to be wall art in their home.

In this day and age we have the technology to share our portraits digitally, but there is nothing quite so impactful as a finished portrait taking its place on the wall of a house to make it a home.  From studio session portraits to stunning outdoor compositions, every family’s style is unique and there are many choices that are available in planning the session.

Here are a few from over the years.



Have you put your family portrait session on your calendar yet?

I-Phone Camera Secrets!

(Don’t worry Android Users- Your post will come!)


Your I-phone is with you at all times, right? It’s like your right hand — always there, always ready to help you muddle your way through the day and kill boredom when the need arises. But that phone of yours can be oh-so-frustrating when your darling child chooses a particular moment to do something photo-worthy and your phone chooses that time to revolt.

Well, when you learn the inner and secret features of your I-phone camera, your days of being “slow on the draw” will be over. On top of that, your camera skills will improve 10-fold and your images will too, making your memories print and wall worthy.

So let’s look at some of the tricks and features inside your I-phone that will make you shine at the next family get together!

Open your camera app FAST

Don’t miss ANY moment. To get to your camera lickety-split do one of two things depending on if your iPhone is locked or not.


1. Hit the home button

2. Locate the camera icon on the lower right corner of the screen.

3. Swipe up & the camera will open.


1. Swipe Up

2. Tap the camera icon & the camera will open.

Turn on your grid

Activating the grid will place a “tick-tac-toe” box on your screen as you shoot. What’s the benefit? Where the lines cross is called a “power point.” When you place your subject on of the four points you create images with a little negative space and better, more artistic composition. A little pro tip that will make your images that much prettier!


1. Go to Settings > Photos&Camera > Grid > Turn it On

Adjust Exposure and focus at your will

Professional photographer know light like the back of your hand, and every lighting situation poses different issues, especially of you camera. A camera cannot see light and adjust the way the human eye can. So, it’s important to be able to tell your camera how to behave when you need it to in order to get a good “exposure.” The classic scenario that may drive you crazy is shooting a darker subject on a bright background. Your camera will want to make the background look good and your subject will be dark and ugly! ARGH! The way mourn this? Use the hidden feature in your iPhone that lets YOU control how bright an image is.


1. Ope the camera

2. Compose your shot

3. Tap and HOLD on the screen where you want to focus. The yellow box will blink and set focus.

4. Swipe up or down to make the camera brighten or darken the exposure

5. When you’re happy with how it looks, take the shot!

Turn off your Auto Flash

Flash from your camera almost never looks good. It produces a harsh, flat light that doesn’t always need to be there, yet the camera seems to want to use it all the time. Turn it off when you can for more pleasing light in your images.


1.In the camera app, tap the lighting bolt icon in the upper left corner.

2. Choose and tap “Off.”

3. Shoot as you like!

Use Burst Mode For Fast Action

Did you know your I-phone can shoot 10 frames per second in burst mode? WHAT? My iPhone has burst mode? Yes it does! And it’s great for catching your toddler on the run.


1. Press and HOLD the shutter release button on your camera app.

2. Voila! 10 frames per second.

Edit like a pro

Taking the picture is just half the process in the Pro world. Editing and enhancing the image is 50% of the process. Yes, even when you shoot with your I-phone you can make your images stand out even more by using a good editing app.

Here’s a few fun suggestions to try out:



Rhonna Designs



wood camera



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tiltshift generator


Baby’s First Year :: Dylbear is One!

Yes!!!!!!!!Cake Smash and Splash!!!

Dylan showed these girls how it’s done! We had a couple of young ladies last month who thought it was supposed to be a Cake “Poke” instead of a Cake Smash- Well, Mr. Dylan Rocked his Green icing.
THEN- check out the end of his video- His baby laughs are the BEST!

Dylan’s 1st Year from Allette Wellauer on Vimeo.

Fresh From Heaven :: Sweet Charlotte

Baby  Charlotte completes the set of sweet girls for this family! She is going to have so much fun growing up with 2 best friends. Congratulations Chuck  & Candace! Glimpses Captured Newborns Glimpses Captured Newborns red white blue sessionGlimpses Captured Newborns details

Baby’s First Year :: Galilea is One!

A Gorgeous name for a Gorgeous baby girl. Check out Galilea’s stunning hair and heart stopping smile. She is a whirlwind of energy and amazingly smart- She has her whole family wrapped around her little finger. Happy Birthday precious girl. You are Loved <3



Galilea 1 Year Recap from Allette Wellauer on Vimeo.



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