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Backyard Portraits

Wow, what a spring for our 2020 experiences! This year has had a lot of changes for life and families. An enforced staycation at home has certainly brought a lot of focus for us personally to our family and enjoying each others company (admittedly it’s tough sometimes…too much of a good thing!).

One benefit that we have realized from the need to shelter in place is understanding that our business has always been set up as a naturally “socially distanced” style of business (but minus the hugs now…I’ll miss those!). We’ve always been set up as a low volume type of business because we like to focus on each client’s experience with us. Something that we are encountering a bit more in regards to portrait sessions is hesitation to schedule a session due to having to leave your home. To that, I say “Don’t leave home!”.

We love home portraits, created in your own personal space that means so much more to you than a park that you may go to a couple of times a year. Especially for children who grow up in this space, portraits that are made at home provide a tangible reminder of the childhood home that becomes so important later in life.

Worried about us getting too close during the session? Trust me, the lenses we use requires that we are at least 10 feet away and we truly prefer being 15 to 20 feet away to create the beautiful depth that Strauss Peyton portraits are well-known for.

What if you think “Well, my backyard doesn’t look like that!” You might be thinking of the fence that is sagging, the neighbor’s house that you don’t like shows through the bushes and the spots in your flower beds that desperately need weeding.

What we see is the beautiful depth to the different tones of green and the lines in your landscape that draw your eyes in to the subjects of your portrait. We know that if we bend down and lean to the left a bit, we can eliminate the corner of your neighbor’s house. By placing one of your children in just the perfect spot, we can hide those weeds that are peeking out. And, there’s always the magic of artwork to fill in landscape spots that might be revealing power lines.

There are all sorts of ways we can maneuver around the social distancing requirements and personal preferences of everyone (and for our own comfort levels!) while we experience this wild ride called 2020. Don’t let the current situations eliminate your opportunity to capture your family together!

Please watch this short 2 minute video for further explanations about the appointments that we typically do as part of your portrait experience here at Strauss Peyton, with social distancing in mind.