At State of the Art Images, we take great pride in creating a unique experience for each client, starting with a personally-designed photo session that allows us to produce a custom portfolio of images and services that will excite, delight and inspire.
Prices vary based on individual client requirements. A refundable deposit is required to secure a specific event date. Rest assured that you may make changes and customize your package at any time.
It is our privilege to share some of the most important moments of our clientsí lives. We delight in creating compelling images in fun and innovative ways to capture the essence of family - childhood, parents, grandparents, relationships and unique stories - special moments that evoke emotion. Our timeless, hand-crafted fine art portraits become family heirlooms to be treasured by many generations to come.
We offer individual, family and childrenís portrait sessions in our studio, the family home or location of your choosing. Prior to the session date, State of the Art Images will conduct a planning session to understand your goals, share ideas, discuss what to wear and explore possible locations for the session. This is not a sales session. Rather, this process allows us to get to know you and your location better so we can capture unique images that truly portray your family.
During the portrait session, which typically lasts 1.5 to 2 hours, we work with you in a casual, relaxed atmosphere to ensure a fun experience for the entire family. We shoot a variety of groupings and poses to ensure a selection of images that, when taken together, allow us to produce amazing results that will delight you.
Let us capture the special moments at your family graduations, engagements, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions.
Executive portrait sessions are conducted at the client office or location of client’s choosing. This session is designed for business people requiring images for internal company use, publication or promotion.
Prior to the session date, State of the Art Images will conduct a consultation with the primary goal of better understanding the client location and goals for the session.
Our images allow you to creatively market products and services
- Product shots for brochures, catalogs and marketing collateral
- Editorial assignments
- Headshots for actors and models
- Capture the moment, reward employees or relive the party
- Corporate event photography, meetings, trade shows, conventions, award ceremonies, etc.
- Large and small group shots
- Press conferences
Cutting edge, contemporary and timeless, State of the Art Images fashion images make great gifts for your spouse or partner.
Portrait Style Guide
Beautiful and memorable portraits require careful planning, and the clothing you choose is very important to your portraitís success. We control the lighting, angles, composition, and other creative elements of your portrait that give it artistic dimension to put you in the best light. However, for your portrait to have the depth, richness and ambience that make it a personalized work of art requires some preparation on your part.
Please take a few moments to look over the following suggestions. We want your sitting to result in a portrait that will not only please you today, but continue to earn your appreciation for years to come. These guidelines will help you make important decisions about your portrait.
Planning your portrait will help us to create a very personal work of art for you. As a decorative focal point in your home or office, it will serve as a reflection of your good taste, as well as an appropriate expression of your personal style. Please feel free to discuss any questions or ideas you may have in advance of your sitting with us.
Preparing For Your Portrait Session with State of the Art Images
Fine art portraiture captures your facial expression, mood, and presence. The goal is to direct the viewerís attention to the face or faces in the portrait. Anything that distracts the eye from you -- colors, patterns, accessories, or props -- should be avoided.
- Simplicity is the key. Proper clothing allows the face to dominate the portrait. All other elements should be secondary. Very simple garments photograph best.
- Solid colors are best. Avoid large, bold, or busy patterns (bold stripes, plaids, checks and prints) and bright colors as they draw attention away from the face.
- Light clothing calls attention to itself and away from the face. Bright colors, such as red and orange, will completely overpower the face and ruin a portrait. Avoid colors that approximate flesh tones such as beige, tan, peach, pink and white. Avoid wearing yellow or green as they can adversely interact with skin color.
- Consider the background.
- Light backgrounds: Ivory, khaki, or light pastel clothing looks best in portraits taken against a white or light background and are best with fair complexions.
- Dark backgrounds: Darker-to-medium colors look better with darker backgrounds and dark hair or complexions. Simple long-sleeved garments in medium to dark tones of brown rust, burgundy or blue look best when photographed against a dark background.
- Outdoors: To help distinguish you from the scenic background, avoid greens and yellows. White, ivory, khaki and salmon look great against green foliage. Burgundy, brown, tan, and gray are nice against a backdrop of autumn colors. Shades of blue look good all year round.
- Multiple patterns and colors are especially distracting in group portraits.
For portraits with more than one person, have everyone dress in the same style and color tonal range. Donít mix casual and formal attire. Donít mix light and dark values. Use stronger colors and patterns only for accent items like scarves and neckties. Coordinate attire from head to toe, carefully selecting appropriate blouses, sweaters, shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, shoes and stockings.
- Long sleeve shirts and dresses are essential for teens and adults. Bare arms call attention to themselves and overpower the face. Short sleeves are acceptable for infants and small children.
- Darker shades are more flattering and slimming. Light tones in clothing tend to emphasize body size while darker clothing tends to minimize body size.
- Necklines are important. Turtle necks or V-necks are flattering provided they are not exaggerated in style. A V or scoop neck is best if your neck is short and your face is full. Avoid wide or deep V-neck garments and cowl neck sweaters that completely hide the neck. A turtle neck or high necked garment is flattering if your neck is longer and your face is slender.
- Donít try a new hairstyle just before your session. Have your hair cut about one week before the portrait session.
- Size does matter. Consider the wall where your portrait will be displayed. Interior designers recommend that a work of art should occupy at least 50% of the viewable area of a wall.
- To assure a successful portrait session, bring along several different clothing choices.