Capturing memories while on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard is a must in our book, and today we are sharing the top three tips from our local Island photographers. These talented professionals have captured hundreds of family portraits over the years, so they know a thing or twenty about the photography business on the Island.
Randi, Nicole, and David are all veteran photographers on Martha’s Vineyard, and not only that, but they all live and work locally. So if you’re coming to the island wanting gorgeous photos in front of anything quintessentially Martha’s Vineyard, they know just the spots - and not just the classic “in front of the lighthouse” (even though that’s also a must photo!)
When talking to the photographers, a few takeaway tips and ideas:
“I would say that the trick for dealing with bright sunshine and people squinting and blinking is to have everyone close their eyes with their heads facing the camera and their smiles on their faces. Then you count to three and on three everyone opens their eyes. It’s always been successful, though it may not be the most comfortable thing for the people in the photo to do - the light is really bright when you open your eyes back up, but at least there is a moment in one of the many, many photos I take where everyone has their eyes open.” - Nicole Friedler
For those wanting to commemorate a more sentimental shoot, Nicole has it down to a science: “Preserving that particular moment in time and giving it back to you for posterity is my passion: it is the truest definition of ‘making memories.’ Each family is truly unique and I try to capture the playful, honest and true interactions during your session so that when you look at your photos years later you’ll say, "That's not just how we looked, that's how we felt."
“My #1 tip is hire a photographer who is responsive, listens to you, is creative, and knows how to make a shoot fun.” - David Welch
For the artsy, creative crew, let David bring his art-inspired photo-journalist eye and warm personality to create timeless pictures and memories for your Martha’s Vineyard wedding celebration, family gathering or event. His Vineyard Haven studio is also 100% powered by on site renewable solar energy.
“My one best tip for family portraits - pick a time of day when your kids are at their best and most playful. Sunsets are great but not if your kids have had a long day at the beach and are exhausted - it won’t be much fun. If you MUST capture the sunset, make sure your kids take a nap and get fed before your portrait session.” - Randi Baird
Randi is your lady if you’re looking for design to be woven into the photos as she states, “The challenge I set for myself every time I pick up the camera: Where is the art? How do I bring forth the design?”
See the full list of Island photographers on our Chamber listing here.
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