Sunnvalley Studio: Blog en-us Sunnvalley Studio (Sunnvalley Studio) Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:14:00 GMT Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:14:00 GMT Sunnvalley Studio: Blog 120 120 What to Wear for Fall Portraits Getting a fall portrait is simpler than you think.

Wearing comfortable clothes and accessories will help you feel your best. Fall colors and warm clothes will help you look your best. Before you go to a session, pose like a model for practice (this is hard for us normal people). You may be more aware of yourself during the session and more relaxed in front of the camera.  Depending on where we take the photos, I will help with posing, so don’t worry about this too much.   

When dressing for a photo shoot you want to look your best because the photos will be on display for years to come and it's better to look good in photos than bad. Don't wear anything too baggy unless you have a defined figure, through the chest and through the thigh are major places that can be hidden or enhanced based on what's covering them up. Dressing for a portrait means dressing for success so watch what you wear!

Although we all want a unique and trendy look we still want to stay true to our culture and ourselves. Fashion is a way of expressing who we are and where we are.  Choose the clothing you typically wear if you are dressing up a bit to go out on a date, out to eat, or to a holiday event. 

One part of a portrait session you will most remember is the fall colors and various leaves. Be sure to have appropriate fall colors on all members of the family from head to toe, including their clothing, socks, shoes, and even accessories and backdrops.  Using similar color families, solids with no busy patterns, and textured fabrics are fun.  Choose earth tones and jewel tones for fall.  Hat, boots, plaid, and scarves are fun accessories. 

Hopefully, these tips will help you dress appropriately for your next portraiture session. Remember: comfort and color value are always the best choices, meaning you should wear what makes you feel good. Always make sure that your clothing complements your body type and features. Be unique, but not something that's radical.

The most important thing is to keep it simple. Don't overwhelm your family with something too fancy or too busy that they feel unnatural and can't succeed in.


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(Sunnvalley Studio) Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:02:51 GMT
Why Portraits Are Important SUN_8700SUN_8700 Portraits capture a moment in time, a moment that will never be repeated. They preserve memories of people and places that you love. They are reminders of the special times in our lives that pass so quickly.

When you photograph your family at the studio or on location, you have the chance to get everyone looking their best. Your kids can show off their latest hairstyles and outfits, and grown-ups can wear their favorite clothes. You'll get great shots of everyone looking relaxed, happy and having fun together!

I've been photographing families for over 15 years now, so I know how to make sure everyone looks their best, move things along quickly, while still having fun and feeling comfortable. I love what I do, and I want you to love it too!

Find out more about our sessions, and how to book your session online. 

(Sunnvalley Studio) Mon, 25 Jul 2022 13:49:09 GMT
Family Portrait Session Colebrook, NH I had a great time with this family in Colebrook, NH.  This was a new location setting for me that I am definitely going to be using in more of my sessions, I absolutely love it.  I will be adding it to my list of over 20 locations that I like to go in the area for on-location settings. 

I have photographed both of their pregnancies, and now their family of four.  It's such an honor to be a part of people's lives through photography. 

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(Sunnvalley Studio) Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:00:00 GMT
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Sunnvalley has a new Session Guide with portrait tips and pricing. We have simplified our pricing to one easy list for family, maternity, newborn sessions. We have special pricing for seniors. Not sure what time of year, time of day or what to wear. You will receive some great tips! Find out more about our studio, photographer & packages when you sign up!

(Sunnvalley Studio) Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:45:00 GMT
New Senior Session Guide Class of 2023
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Sunnvalley has a new Session Guide with portrait tips and pricing.  Each package includes a session, a book, and digital, and print credits!  When you sign up for the pricing guide, you will receive some great tips for seniors and parents to consider.
(Sunnvalley Studio) Sat, 18 Jun 2022 15:59:00 GMT
What to Wear During a Summer Portrait Session SUN_2941_1SUN_2941_1 1. Go for bright colors.

  • bright colors are a great way to stand out in a photo

  • bright colors are a great way to show off your personality

  • bright colors are a great way to show off your family's personalities

2. Pick a color and coordinate the family around it.

  • pick a color that you like

  • if you have a lot of people, pick a color for each family member

  • make sure the colors are complementary

  • use the color to coordinate the family's clothing

3. Don't mix too many patterns.

  • mixing patterns can be a good way to add visual interest to an outfit

  • mixing prints can be a good way to add visual interest to an outfit

4. Coordinate colors, but don't match exactly.

  • use the same color scheme

  • use different shades of the same color

  • use different colors that are in the same color family

  • use the same color scheme with different patterns

  • use the same color scheme with different textures

  • use the same color scheme with different patterns and textures

5. Don't be afraid of prints and textures.

  • don't be afraid of prints and textures

  • prints and textures can be fun and creative

  • don't overdo it, though

  • don't mix too many patterns

  • don't mix too many textures

  • don't mix too many colors

  • don't mix too many patterns and textures

6. Wear colors that complement your skin tone and eye color, or your family's skin tones and eye colors if you're coordinating outfits for the whole crew!

  • make sure your skin tone and eye color are in harmony with the color you are wearing

  • be careful with colors that are too similar to your skin tone and eye color

  • be careful with colors that are too similar to your family's skin tones and eye colors

7. Avoid neon colors, which can cause strange casts on subjects' skin when they are photographed under certain kinds of lighting conditions, especially fluorescent and LED lighting in office buildings or on cloudy days with no sunlight and only blue-ish daytime ambient light.

  • avoid neon colors

  • avoid fluorescent lighting

  • avoid LED lighting

  • avoid heavy cloudy days

  • avoid blue-ish daytime ambient light

  • avoid office buildings

  • avoid indoor lighting

  • avoid indoor lighting with fluorescent bulbs

8. Don't choose clothing that has logos or words on it that you don't want to appear in the photos!

  • logos can be distracting

  • words on clothing can be distracting

  • examples of words and logos that can be distracting

  • examples of words and logos that can be used as a focal point

These tips will help you stay fresh and cool while still looking wonderful in your summer portraits!

  • use the tips to help you decide what to wear for your portrait session

  • don't be afraid to wear something new

  • don't be afraid to wear your favorite color

  • don't be afraid to wear something that is different

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(Sunnvalley Studio) Family Wed, 01 Jun 2022 00:27:48 GMT
Pet-Friendly Portrait Studio Sunnvalley is a pet-friendly portrait studio.  This weekend we had three visitors!  Bella's birthday was celebrated by documenting her big day with professional portrait session. I was able to coordinate my backdrop with the props that Bella's mom brought. 

Our studio has over 20 backdrops to choose from and with our new flooring installed early spring we are able to expand our options. 

Having the background tucked back made it much easier for our wiggly friends to move around in the studio. 

One thing I did learn from this session was to block off the stairs and put the cords up over the lights, allowing them even more freedom to roam.  Pet Portrait SessionPet-friendly studioDog Portraits

(Sunnvalley Studio) Mon, 18 Apr 2022 13:42:39 GMT
Sunnvalley's Fans! "We can’t thank you enough Roxanne! These photos are gorgeous and we can’t wait to see the rest! 😍😍 I highly recommend Sunnvalley Studio for any photo needs in the Northern NH area!"  Emily Rae Kudlacik

"Thank you Roxanne R. Herres for such quick last minute service! You're the best!!"
- Heather Little

"I've been "sneaking a peek" of your work Roxanne. You are so talented and your pictures are ALL beautiful!! I ALMOST wish one of my kids was a senior this year so we could have portraits done! What amazing memories you are capturing for all of your clients!! You have a gift." - Vickie King

"You don't know me,but I just looked at some of your photos and they are beautiful!!  I'm from Canaan VT myself and now live in Bethlehem NH.  But if I ever need any work done I will be calling you!!" - Lucie Cummings

Leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you!



(Sunnvalley Studio) Thu, 14 Apr 2022 15:53:52 GMT
Spring Portrait Session I love seeing how families grow and change. Here is a family who comes every year, and we always have a great time together. Sometimes the children can be a little shy at first, but that's typical with family sessions in general.  

While I am setting up backdrops and seating, this gives the family a chance to look around and get comfortable in the studio. I start to direct a little but also let the kids have some choices about seating and props. This helps us interact a bit. I try to be careful about making them feel "on the spot" too much or for long periods. We break things up by choosing different backgrounds, seating, and props.

I also like to mix up who will be in the shots. Eventually, the kids catch on to how it works through repetition, and by the end, we are getting some more relaxed expressions and easy smiles from everyone. Sometimes we end the sessions with treats!

I like to get the session edited and online within a week or two. At this point, the parents can order from their online gallery or schedule an ordering appointment with me. This family ordered what they wanted at the end of their session.

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(Sunnvalley Studio) Family Session Mon, 11 Apr 2022 15:57:07 GMT
How to prepare your kids for a photoshoot! SUN_7574 ESUN_7574 E Every parent wants to capture their child's growth and milestones through photos.

However, before the photo session itself, there are some things you can do to help prepare your kids for it. Below, I will discuss some key factors in preparing your children for their photo session.

What poses to consider for your child's photoshoot?

There are a lot of poses out there that will work great for any kid.Here is a list of a few poses to help you get the best photo from your kids:

Run around and play pose: The more active the kids are during the session, the better the pictures. When kids are having fun, they can't help but show it in their photographs.

Silly face pose: Kids are naturally silly, so this pose will usually work after their first couple of shots. Kids love to make silly faces. Just let kids be kids, and they will do just fine.

Sitting still pose: This pose will be a little harder on parents. For this pose to work, I suggest bringing activities like toys or games, And snacks to the photoshoot with your kids. This way, kids can easily sit still while playing with their favorite things and not notice how long they have been sitting there.

Loving pose with the family: This pose is excellent for kids of all ages because it shows kids in a caring environment with their families. Even if kids go through the "terrible two's" phase, this picture will show kids smiling and happy with their families.

The best time of day for your child's photo session?

The best time of day will depend on your child; most kids wake up full of energy and excitement in the morning. If you're going for a more energetic pose, you will want to take the picture in the morning. But if you choose the sitting still pose, you will want to take it in the evening when they are less energetic, making them sit still for longer.

The most important factor to remember is that this is a great moment to capture of your child; no matter how the picture comes out, it will be memorable.

(Sunnvalley Studio) Fri, 28 Jan 2022 20:08:11 GMT
New Winter Photos Added New winter images added to our winter gallery. These images can be ordered as digitals for your marketing needs or you can have the printed on metal, canvas or have them framed up.


(Sunnvalley Studio) Thu, 30 Dec 2021 22:14:36 GMT
All New Portrait Bundles Sunnvalley has updated our pricing.  We have simplified our sessions.  Portrait session include 4 types. Mini, Studio, Studio Plus and Location.  Senior sessions include 4 different types as well.  You can customize any of these sessions by adding guests, time, or travel and design any type of session you'd like. 



(Sunnvalley Studio) Mon, 01 Nov 2021 23:30:00 GMT