“This was a wonderful experience for our family. Maundy is an incredibly talented photographer. This was not your ordinary portrait session. Very professional. We were extremely happy with the results. We have a bunch of family shots, headshots of each of us and an awesome collection of senior portraits of our son. Maundy is the photographer to go to!” – Susan MacDonald
This year, give a gift they can look forward to – a magazine-style photo session at Maundy Mitchell Photography. It’s a day of pampering in my beautiful studio, with professional hair and makeup styling and guidance throughout. They can enjoy this experience on their own, with their partner, mother, daughter, sister or a best friend.
Whether they would like to celebrate the holiday, or a milestone, or perhaps they could use a boost in confidence, treat your loved one to a portrait experience and an heirloom folio collection.
Like a trip, the planning is part of the fun! Once we choose a date, we will create an online mood board together. We’ll talk about styling and how they would like to look in their new portraits. It’s a lovely thing to look forward to.
About two weeks after their session, they’ll return to the studio to choose their portraits. They will leave that day with the portraits they love, portraits that will be cherished by them and those who love them for generations.
This winter, I’m taking a very limited number of bookings, with Covid-prevention measures in place. (The lucky recipient of your gift could even schedule their session for spring).
To give this gift or to find out more, email email@example.com
Mackenzie wanted senior photos with a strong fashion influence from casual to formal. She is smart, progressive, beautiful, and kind. She’s an actor, a student, and an activist. She’s also very creative. Her ideas helped me to design a completely different kind of senior photo shoot, one that included her grandparents and a special recreation… I am grateful to have photographed Mackenzie at this stage in her life.
Her day began with professional hair and makeup styling.
It’s easy to see that Mackenzie has a wonderful relationship with her grandparents, Brenda and John. They are a very close family, so she asked them to join her for some family portraits.
Another special thing Mackenzie wanted to do was to recreate her grandmother Brenda’s senior photo from 1968. When I took this photo, I asked Brenda to stand by my right shoulder so they would always know that Mackenzie was looking at her in this portrait.
“By far one of the best days ever! Thank you, Maundy!” – Mackenzie
“We had a wonderful relaxing day of bonding. [Before this session] I was opposed to having my pictures taken. Maundy made everyone so relaxed and comfortable. We had a hard time choosing our finished photos! My granddaughter now has a keepsake [folio box], class picture, and headshots. Fabulous! If you are considering doing portraits, don’t hesitate.” – Brenda
I was so happy to welcome this beautiful family to the studio recently. Diana and her husband, Bobby, wanted some personal branding images for a new venture. Their daughter, Belle, needed new images for acting. The family also wanted to have some casual as well as more formal portraits, individually and together.
They love their new collection of images. Here are some of their favorites.
When Kathy booked her portrait session, she had several goals. She owns Gate of Life Acupuncture in Laconia, NH, and she wanted new headshots for her website. Her daughters, Hillary and Liz, also needed new headshots. The most important thing to Kathy is family. She wanted spend the day with her daughters and her grandson, Max, feeling beautiful and creating heirloom photos for all of them to enjoy now and forever.
“The entire experience was amazing! Maundy was a gem to work with. We all felt so comfortable. We all had a wonderful day! It was fun, exhilarating and so very special! Maundy really captured our spirits; the fun we have when we’re together and the love we share for each other! The photos are beautiful!” – Kathy
“I have never had professional photos like this taken before. What a wonderful experience!” – Liz
“Maundy Mitchell is not only a wonderfully talented photographer, she’s so kind, genuine, and makes you feel so at home in her studio! Her hair and makeup artist is friendly, sweet, and talented, too! What an amazing experience with my mom, sister, and Max.” – Hillary
“Am I going to be in a magazine now?” – Max
Suzan & Bob
Your photo session can check off several items on your list.
Suzan is an artist, jewelry creator, and author. She needed updated headshots and personal branding images for her new website and children’s book. She and her husband, Bob, also wanted individual portraits and portraits together to celebrate their 44 years of marriage.
These are some of the images they chose for Suzan’s website and their heirloom collection.
Hair & makeup by Melissa Hanson
At first, Bob said he was “not a guy for photos,” but he later wrote “Maundy makes the process easy and relaxing. She keeps you at ease and gets the best from you… I will cherish our photos forever!”
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us have been at home with our families for a couple of weeks now, and we don’t know how long it will last. I’d like to encourage you to photograph your family. One day, the photos you create will be priceless.
Here are some things that will help you take better photos of your family. This works with ANY camera. Grab a DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or your cell phone.
- LIGHT – Find diffused light. Diffused light is soft. It’s the kind of light you see in the early morning, or late evening, when the day is clear and the sun is low. Soft light is also the light of an overcast day. Soft light is the light that comes through a sheer curtain. On a bright day, you can even layer a couple of sheer curtains on a window. If you’d like to take photos outside, morning, evening, or overcast light is best. If you’ll be inside, ask your subject to sit near the window. If the opposite side of your subject is dark, use something white to reflect the light back onto her face. This can be a poster board, or even a white pillow. Put it close to your subject, just out of the frame.
- COMPOSITION – Pay attention to what is in the background. If it’s the TV, turn it off. When photographing people at home, the things we live with are okay. These things can help to tell the story. Twenty years from now, it will be nice to see your daughter’s favorite green tractor, or your son’s stuffed bear. It’s okay to have a quick look around and decide what should stay in the photo and what should go.
- PATIENCE – You may have an agenda for photos, but your child or other family member may have other ideas. Try to let it go. You can try again later! If you persist when your family member is adamantly against being photographed, it will be even harder to gain cooperation the next time you ask, and you may end up ultimately conditioning them to dislike being in front of a camera. Try to keep it casual. They will feel pressure if you feel stress.
- NO CHEESE – Cheese is for eating. Never, ever tell anyone to “SAY CHEESE!” Never. What you’re after is a genuine expression, a real connection. Don’t force anything and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. A portrait cannot be taken. It must be given. It’s your job to help the person in front of you to decide to give it. How? Put the camera down. Leave it down most of the time, but be ready. Give them your complete attention. Talk to them. Ask questions. Listen. Care about the answer. Tell them stories. Watch. Only pick up the camera occasionally. Take your time. You will learn to anticipate expressions. Your energy sets the tone. If you want a toddler to laugh, tell a silly joke. If you want a calm expression from your teenager, be calm.
- NO PERFECTION – Perfection is the enemy of creativity. Go easy on yourself and your family members. Not every photo will be perfect. It’s okay! Just create.
With practice, you’ll begin to notice beautiful light, nice compositions, subtle expressions, and true connection with the person you’re photographing. Oh, and don’t forget to get in the photo yourself sometimes!
Emma is a senior at The Derryfield School, a private school in Manchester. Soon she’ll be leaving home to study to be a physician. When we discussed what she wanted in her senior portraits, we talked about art, portraits with subtle shadows, and black and white photos. She also thought it would be a good idea to include her family, which of course includes their dog! I loved having their whole family in the studio.
In the months leading up to her photo session, we created a mood board and chose her wardrobe, casual to dressy.
Hair and makeup styling by Melissa Hanson
Linda had been wanting beautiful portraits of herself with her family for a long time. The hardest part of this was to arrange everyone’s schedules! She was able to get most of the family together for a three-generation portrait experience.
Linda and her daughter, Carey, arrived first for professional hair and makeup styling.
“[My friend and I] went to [an open studio event] in Plymouth, where I met Maundy for the first time. I fell in love with her photography. I decided I would have a family session with our daughter, two of our teenage grandsons and my husband. [On the day of our photo session] my daughter and I felt like we were royalty. We had our makeup and hair done, and then individual shots, and shots together. My husband and grandsons joined the session later. Maundy made it fun for all of us. It was a great experience! The photos are great and [everyone] loves them! Thank you for the great day and the wonderful photos.” -Linda
Rosemary and Jean have been friends for 48 years. They started playing tennis, and now they travel the world together. This portrait session was not only a fun way to spend the day together, but a celebration of their friendship.
Rosemary’s husband, Herb, came to the studio for the last part of the session. They’re celebrating 53 years of marriage!
“The entire experience with Maundy Mitchell was fabulous! From the moment we arrived for our photo session we were treated like royalty and the results we saw today were beyond wonderful!” – Rosemary