Childhood Charms and Little Children|Siriani Photography

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Charms of childhood: The Smile & The Stare ūüėČ

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Charming Childhood

I believe that really good photography focuses on the charms of childhood.  Children, can be both cooperative and uncooperative.  It is natural to smile, frown, and pout during a photography session, especially one that is going well! Children have many facets to their personalities and smiling is only one of a million possibilities.  Grins and giggles of childhood are delightful but so are the tears, frowns, growls, surprises, and pouts.  I think this session is a great example of the different types of personalities that children exhibit in a very short time! We can quickly move from tears into laughter and back again.  This is joyful, real childhood!

I don’t want to my work to look like every¬†other photographer.¬† I want to focus on the complexity and¬†diversity of childhood expression.¬†¬†I want the fantasy and reality to intersect. I love the tears as well as the frowns.¬†¬†Every single time I step behind a camera with a small child, they make me flex my ability to make a quick and personal connection.¬†It’s all about the people for this photographer.¬†¬†Faces of all shapes, sizes, and colors represent the unlimited potential of God’s design.¬† I marvel at¬†His¬†artistic abilities.¬†¬†Children don’t make it easy.¬† They are¬†real, they don’t pretend to trust.¬†You will either have them rolling on the floor with laughter or you will die the death of a million frowns.¬†¬†I hope when you look at my work, you see childhood.¬† My wish is to mix a little playfulness and magic so that you get to know the little person in front of the camera! Freezing childhood is my job.¬† I am in the business of preservation.¬† Preserving¬†a tiny second of your world history.¬†

About the Photographer

Photographs ¬© Tami Siriani 2015. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,¬† Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.¬† She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful. To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.siriainiphotography.com.¬† Book your appointment today! To view my full portfolio head¬†My website or pop over to Facebook.

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Dress For Senior Portraits – 3 Easy Steps

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Read for your Senior portraits? Navigating the scary waters of¬† how to dress for senior portrait can be daunting.¬† After all, your portrait will be hanging on the walls of your home like an art show piece for years to come!¬† This is the biggest, scariest part of booking someone to do your photography but it shouldn’t be.¬† With a few pointers, you too, will be able to successfully put together a wonderful plan!¬† I think all of us are guilty of falling back on the jeans and a white t-shirt look.¬† It’s easy. It’s safe.¬† Can we say, “boring?”¬† I have a few suggestions (not rules) that will help point you in the right direction!¬† These are guidelines to dressing for success!

 #1  Ccolorolor (3 Neutrals and  a POP )

You can dress for Senior portraits like you decorate a room.¬† The most successful looks combine 2-3 neutral colors and then an accent or POP color!¬† Let’s go back to our classic jeans and white shirt combo!¬† Now, using our new rule, throw in one more neutral, khaki for example, and then an accent, like Coral!¬† Now you really have something to shout about!¬†¬† Wasn’t that easy?¬† Everyone has jean, khaki, and white in their wardrobe, buy a coral scarf, handbag, piece of exquisite jewelry, shoes, or even a cocktail ring in a spot of coral and you have a smokin’ look!¬† Now, before you tell me, you don’t like coral, you can substitute almost ANY other color under the sun that you DO like as your¬† pop and still look fab! Besides, you probably have these items already in your wardrobe and that is a bonus!¬† This is just ONE example,¬† I have tons of wonderful color palettes to choose from on my pinterest boards or you can check out my favorite place to discover new color palettes at The Perfect Palette.¬† You can put in your favorite color and they will suggest multiple palettes that coordinate with it! Now, before you run off to crazy land with excitement cause I just solved your problem,¬† consider two more factors prior to falling in love.¬† First, keep your photo location in mind.¬† You want your color palette to compliment your surroundings.

#2 Dress From Head to Toe

This one is a no-brainer.¬† I’m going to shoot your head and your feet so don’t forget to do your hair or accessorize if you need a little help! Hats are always welcome, and they flatter those with a thinning hair line.

Shoes, people, don’t forget to polish ’em, and pack ’em!¬† Unless you are wearing boat shoes or want to look like Don Johnson from the 80’s, let’s get some socks on those feet! Ladies, if you are wearing open toe shoes, make sure your feet and nails are done! That goes double for men! Check out Cammie’s amazing boots and cuff in the photograph below!

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#3 Layer, Texture, & Accessorize!

Oh I am a HUGE fan of both of these.  Take a look at any magazine ad or Hollywood maven, you will discover that stylists use both layers and textures to polish an outfit! I say, the more, the better!    Again, go back to our original color scheme,  jeans and a t-shirt become Top Gun when you throw on a rugged leather jacket, cowboy boots, and a pair of aviator shades! Layered outfits are interesting and flattering.

I love accessories, they are the touch of sparkle and shine that every outfit needs.¬† This can be anything that adds a bit of interest (ie. belt, hat, jewelry, scarf, handbag, cuff, watch and the list goes on).¬† In my book, this one is a RULE not a suggestion!¬† Don’t leave home without something!¬† This is always a good place to let your personality shine!¬† Make your outfit unique and personal with the finishing touches!¬† Even James Bond brings a cool watch or a great pair of shades with him to head out!¬† Celebrities always look fabulous in their portraits because they don’t ditch the details! Check out the photo to the right.¬† Model Carly has on a terrific pair of boots, at least three layers and a great ring!¬† This photo would not be the same without those items! Besides looking great, accessories do something even more important.¬† They give your hands something to do!¬† Hands speak volumes and they say things like, “I’m nervous and uncomfortable.”¬† A beautiful bag, or long chain for example gives your photographers a place to put your hands to work!

Don’t stop short at clothing accessories.¬† Thing that make you, you are great too! Do you play the guitar? Personal items are wonderful for adding a touch of flare or whimsical character to your photo.¬† Do you paint?¬† How about a palette and brush?¬† Love to read?¬† Bring your reading glasses and a stack of your favorite vintage novels.¬† I frequently take photographs of my own children in customs because that is how we roll!¬† What makes you unique and interesting?¬† Bring it!

Senior Portraits

A Note Abousam (43)t Makeup

Wearing the right makeup is equally important. I use light almost 100% of the time while shooting so there are a few things you should keep in mind when applying your makeup.¬† We aren’t going for Rocky Horror Picture Show but Night of the Living Dead isn’t good either ;)! Under normal circumstances I am the sparkle queen, I love it!¬† However, sparkly makeup and photography don’t mix well!¬† Matte make-up is best for all types of lighting.¬† You should wear your makeup a touch heavier than you would usually and don’t forget the blush, it makes you look alive and youthful!¬† Save the shine for the lips! (See below)

How to Flatter and What To Avoid!

If you want to flatter yourself, wear clothing that fits!¬†¬† If you are a figure conscious person stay away from large busy patterns, baggy or excessively tight clothing.¬† Also, longer sleeves and pants are more flattering that shorter ones.¬† In the same token, darker colors are more flattering than lighter ones.¬† When possible, avoid clothing with logos or large patterns or horizontal stripes.¬† Don’t be a walking billboard for a clothing company during your portraits, unless that is your specific purpose (See my Seahawks fan left)!¬† Here is a nice article on how to choose the right neckline for your body shape.¬† Here is another great article on choosing the right necklace for your neckline!¬† I also have a wonderful gallery of images of flattering clothing choices for women, men, accessories, and curvey women!

¬† Photographs ¬© TaIMG_6493mi Siriani 2015. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,¬† Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.¬† She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful. To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.sirianiphotography.com.¬† Book your appointment today!

Newborn Love

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Is there anything more precious than the love you have for a newborn?  I have been dying to share this session for a while.  A lovely little family with a sleepy newborn baby.  What a joy to photographs this adorable family.  The poem below is some good life advice from beloved poet Rudyard Kipling. #lovingLife, #LifeIsBest.

If – Poem by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

-Rudyard Kipling

Photographs ¬© Tami Siriani 2015. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,¬† Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.¬† She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful.

To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.sirianiphotography.com.  Book your appointment today!

Spokane Newlyweds

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Newlyweds

These newlyweds wanted iconic Spokane Area in their first photographs as a married couple.¬† Photographs ¬© Tami Siriani 2015. Tami Siriani is a professional custom portrait photographer serving Coeur D’ Alene, ID, Post Falls, ID,¬† Liberty Lake, WA , Spokane Valley, WA, Spokane, WA, Post Falls, ID and surrounding areas.A great deal of thought and planning goes into every session.¬† She places an emphasis on unique story telling images that are close and colorful. To view her complete portfolio you can visit the website at: www.siriainiphotography.com.¬† Book your appointment today!

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