Your Last Family Portrait Was WHEN?

Perhaps you’ve never had a family portrait, or perhaps it was many years ago. Is everyone in your family represented in the portrait? At Shine Photo your portraits are original works of art that you’ll be proud to place prominently in your home. In our pre-session consult we’ll discuss what type of image best suits your needs.What’s your preference?  A whimsical, lifestyle outdoor or in home setting?  Clean  modern images taken in our comfortable studio? Artistic, digitally enhanced, one of a kind heirloom artwork?

  • Classic Portraiture
  • Studio Modern Portraits
  • Lifestyle or Classic On-Location & Outdoors
  • Digitally Enhanced Heirloom Artwork


Portrait images communicate how we feel about ourselves, our world, and our loved ones. “Their subject matter can become, in an instant, the single most emotionally important image or document that you will ever own.”

The family portrait is the one image that once owned, will make you wonder how you ever did without. It is also the one image that is more likely than any other to become a family heirloom.

At Shine we’re happy to work with you to get you the images that you need, and that you’ll love for years to come.


Frame what (and who)  you love!  The placement of portraits in relation to the room’s furnishings is critical when their purpose is to create a dramatic decorative focal point. Whether the artwork is the central component of a room concept or an isolated accessory, all of the elements of design—color, style, composition, and size—must work together to complete the decorative statement.


Giving life to your portrait artwork begins with a planning session or consult, during which you and the photographer explore  ideas and discuss creative possibilities. We discuss ranging from product type to current decor to clothing choices and session styling. When the finished work is on display in your home or office, you will find that it serves as both a tasteful reflection of your individualized decorating style and a tribute to the ones you love.

A brief, pre-session consultation either by phone or in person over coffee is recommended prior to all sessions and is included in your session fee.
At the consultation we’ll determine what needs to be done in advance to make this a great experience for everyone. We’ll decide style, color and start working with you to determine what the final product will look like.

Having all of this info in advance, we can ensure that your final pictures are exactly what you wanted, and more importantly, what you love.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your session start time. This will give you time to fix your makeup, hair and choose the clothing for your images.
Don’t forget to bring the makeup, brush, and hair accessories like curling or straitening irons! We have all of these things at the studio, but most people prefer to wear/use their own.

Don’t use a lot of hair spray prior to your arrival. In fact…none is better!
Clean and manicured finger and toenails please. Nothing will ruin a shot like old, chipped, crackle polish in nightmare black!

The colors and style of your session will be discussed in your pre-session consult.  It’s really important that everyone is onboard with your choices.  Everyone need not match exactly, but colors that blend make for the best session.  Check out the image of the family snowball fight,  All the colors blend and give the image good overall tonality. The pops of red add interest.

Colors aren’t the only things that matter though.  Matching clothing styles to your location and other subjects in the image is also important.  Having your session on our farm?  Blue jeans suit the farm atmosphere  while ball gowns may not.   Having said that, we are always up for a creative, challenging session so if ball gowns are your thing, then bring it on.  However, everyone in the image has to be formal.  You likely can’t mix cowboy, formal and hip hop in the same family portrait and expect a pleasing result. Eclectic yes, but cohesive? Not.  So. If one person wears cowboy boots, everyone should.  If one person is in street style, everyone else should be as well.

Color Palette Examples:

Sample red clothing choices for portraits

Indigo sample clothing for family session

Indigo sample clothing

You’ve had your portraits taken, so now what? Your proofs will be ready for viewing in our studio 2-5 days after the session at our studio. We’ll arrange a proof reveal and sales session with you at the time of your session. Viewing can take from 20 minutes to an hour or longer. This is an important decision and we’re not about to rush you. However, this session is the time when included portraits are chosen and additional portraits are purchased. Be sure to have any decision makers in attendance with you.

You will never experience high pressure sales at Shine Photo, and we will help you and advise you through the process.

How much is this going to cost me? Shine Photo is a mid-priced studio. We are not by far the most expensive but neither are we the department-store-uber-cheap print shop. We have a build-your-own collection system for family portraits so that you’re not stuck purchasing packages that you don’t really want. You will set your own budget. Build-your-own collections include a wall portrait, album or book, prints and specialty products like the digital brag book.

Your proof reveal session is scheduled with you in mind. Please also review our policies about rescheduling, cancellations and missed sessions under the About tab of our main menu.

Shine Photo is a full service studio. That means we rarely offer digital images. Our digital negatives are our bread and butter and since so much work goes into their preparation, we want you to have the BEST finished product possible.  Think of it like going to a fine restaurant and having the chef bring out the ingredients for you to cook yourself.  Would’t you rather have him prepare the meal?

Having said that, we do offer a digital app that is perfect for sharing.  Our premium collections also contain digital images on an archival USB for saving as a backup.


  • High quality lustre and metallic prints in sizes from wallet sized to 40 X 60 inches in size.
  • Custom Framing
  • Canvas, Acrylic and Metal Wall Art
  • Digital App Brag Album
  • Exquisite albums and keepsake boxes
  • Banners
  • Metal Desk Prints
  • Novelties such as key chains, ornaments, giftware
  • Christmas Cards and Invitations
  • and more.

We accept cash, cheque, all major credit cards, e-transfers, Paypal and debit TAP. (Sorry no swipe or debit insert is available.)  TAP is available only to $100.00.

We also have a payment plan for product purchases:

  • Up to $500.00  – 30 days with 30% down payment.
  • Up to $1500.00 – 90 days with 25 % down payment.
  • Higher than 1500.00 – 6 months equal billing.

Session fees cannot be places on a payment plan. Payments are non-refundable.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Your Photo Style Quiz

Shine Photo has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 2013.  The PPA offers this wonderful quiz for discovering your photo style. Take the quiz to find out the favourite style for all your family members!

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High Key Portrait In the Studio


Classic Canvas Portrait


On Location at the Pioneer Village


Heirloom Nostalgic Family Artwork