• Lauren Pigford

Custom Fine Art Photography

My busiest time of year for photography is historically the fall. I schedule several family photography sessions and high school senior portraits during that time of year. I traditionally have a slow season at the end of spring and throughout the summer.

If you read my last post then you know I worked on a massive custom painting for the Grear family. While I was working on their custom landscape painting I was also working on custom fine art photography for their home as well.

TJ knew she definitely wanted timeless photos of her three kids, Huxley (left), Miles (middle) and Harrison (right). However, she did not want outdoor portraits, or even studio indoor portraits. She wanted classic black and white and more organic/ candid smiles. She was looking for timeless portraits that could maintain style throughout the years. Thanks to Pinterest, she showed me some ideas of what she was looking for.

I took their portraits inside, at their home, on one of their long light colored walls. Using only natural light they each had their turn. Ben and TJ's only job was to keep them laughing. We wanted to capture their personalities and have them be in their natural environment. After taking several photos I edited the portraits in Photoshop. I used custom black and white selections and made sure they were each scaled to one another.

The hardest part of this project was finding the perfect frames. We decided on 24 wide x 36 tall prints. I consulted with Memphis Pro Imaging on paper and mounting options. (They are amazing and our my go to printer for any large photography project.) Once we decided on the right paper and the best mounts so the portraits would not buckle in the frames I then worked on framing these three pieces.

The frames are stained wood. My goal was to match the stain to Ben and TJ's natural oak wood floors. One of the frame's stain came out way too dark so I decided to start from the beginning on that one. After getting the stain just right each had their own style and rustic brush marks. I was worried the stain would be too farm rustic; however, it gave the portraits a tiny pop of individualism, and it matched the wood floors and classic white walls beautifully. TJ loved them and again I seemed to stress over nothing again!

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