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  1. JimmyJaceyMom

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    Okay so I am to do my first family portrait of a big group. I'm a little nervous but I will be ok. ;) The group consists of 7 adults and 6 children - children are - 18 months old, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9 years.
    We had a hard time finding an indoor location but I suggested out conservatory/greenhouse only to find that you aren't permitted professional photography there unless you pay for this private room - 200 bucks for 45 minutes! Well they decided to go ahead and pay for it so we're waiting to hear what times are available.
    LOOK AT THIS ROOM! THis is the way it was decorated for the spring flower show 2006 so it wont be exact but the path and the statues stay the same - just the flowers may vary.
    How can I do this creatively? I'm trying to think out of the box. THis room is so cool and I am not trying to get anyone to tell me how to do it but looking for ideas! If you can share yours with me I would love to try. I'll have 45 minutes to come up with something!
    http://z.about.com/d/pittsburgh/1/0/U/9/broderie_room.jpg
     
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    I think one cool picture would be if you could get on a ladder and take the picture from that same spot as the one posted, you could put the family members kind of in different places along the path. I guess i'm thinking some sort of "emo" type shot but it might be pretty cool instead of having them lumped together in once place.

    You could also line them up along the back curve and take a nice picture there.

    Or again from a ladder or something, line them up on the sides of that very first "teardrop" looking flower bed in an upside down V shape. That could be cool?

    Sorry if these suggestions suck, they're just some thoughts - all thinking of pictures taken from the same angle as the one you posted of the room.
     
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    Oh yeah, maybe have the kids playing "peekaboo" through the potted plants, that might be cute? or not...
     
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    They certainly DO NOT suck! Thanks so much for giving me some thoughts - I will also need a shot of jus tthe 6 children alone so you're giving me ideas there too!
    Here is another view - decorated differently but again, same idea shape of the room.
    http://images.google.com/imgres?img...=broderie+room&hl=en&rlz=1T4GFRC_enUS217US217

    What the heck would I do if these pictures werent posted online for me to stare at and study until Saturday! lol
     
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    Thinking of the kids, you could get some pics of them peeking through that fence in the front, that fence is COOL!

    It also looks like the walls kind of bend a bit and if you could do it without ruining the flowers putting a couple of people in each indentation area (maybe parents with children or something) and taking a picture straight on you would get people with a bit of scenery form the room in between and the nice flowers on the floor in the front.

    If you could get people behind those wall things (or if you went back there yourself) you would get good shots with a kind of window sort of feel to them.

    Getting pictures of kids smelling the flowers (with mothers helping/nearby) would be cool too, but that might be a little too posed for the kids to deal with.

    For the heck of it and for fun you could have some people pose like statues next to the statues in the back.

    And the ceiling looks cool too, so if its not too sunny and you don't mind you could lie down and have a few (or all if you can manage it) people looking down at you with the ceiling in the background.

    That's it, i'm out of ideas... unless they'll allow the kidsto climb the trees/walls, but that's probably out. You can get really creative there!
     
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    thanks so much for taking time to give me those ideas. I get the feeling we aren't allowed to touch much of anyhting but the ground wiht our feet in that room! LOL
    THey have very strict policies and this is the only room in the whole building where professional photography is even allowed which sucks because the whole place is just gorgeous! You should see thier outdoors gardens! My goodness!
     
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    I LOVE phipps!! When I am home I go there all the time (currently for a medical issue I am in Fla.) but i am not sure if that would have been the room I would have chosen for a large group. I cannot suggest something off-hand right now because it has been a while since I have been there and I guess it is too late to change your mind but it seems like the curves are not too conducive to shooting a large group. I have shot several weddings there but all of them have been in the outdoor garden and that will not be too feasable this Saturday. So I am sorry I have no real constructive suggestion.
     
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    We have something similar, here in Edmonton...basically a big, fancy greenhouse. Muttart Conservatory.
    I haven't shot anything professionally there yet...but the biggest issue is that the paths or places where people can stand, aren't really conducive to shooting groups of people. Looks like you might have the same issue at your location.

    I like the suggestion of getting up on a ladder (maybe you could call the place and ask to borrow a ladder, they are paying $200 after all). Then it's just a matter or arranging the people in the scene.
     
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    thanks everyone. Actually its all screwed up now because the lady on the phone that booked the time didn't concur wiht the woman that runs the rentals and their spring flower show starts Saturday so we are out of luck now. :( Everything happens for a reason!

    JIP - How cool that you got to shoot weddings there! I may get an opportunity to be a second shooter there this year for free - I want to do it just for the experience! It's so pretty.
    I actually didn't choose that room. They have a new policy now - they do not allow any profecssional photography anywhere BUT that room and you have to pay for it. Seems silly, like as long as everyone pays admission to them why would they care? I know people sneak it because I was just there a month ago and there was a guy with a reflector and a big flash and an assistant and they were doing engagement shots right there with the Chijuly exhibit. *sigh* Oh well.

    Big Mike, I have a step ladder I was going to take but now I think that isn't an issue. Thanks for the reply. :)

    Now we are going to the Natural art and history museum. We called there and the lady said we can take pictures anywhere but the room with the gold and we aren't allowed to use tripod or flash in the art part but we are in the history part.

    JIP - I'm sure you have been there before - you know that architecture room with all the columns and stuff? WHat about there - or can you think of somewhere else cool to do the? I am going ot the museum later to look around but if you can think off hand how I can do this I'm a little lost!
     
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    I would say of all places in the museum that would probably be the one. I work for (or used to) Big Day and have heard of alot of people doing weddings there (the Carnegie) but I really think it would be hard bu then again most of my experience has been less upscale weddings. I think something like that would depend on the interests of the group. I second-shot a wedding once at the Heinz History center and the B+G wanted shots in the sports section as one went to Pitt and one to Penn State but again it all depends on their interests. As far as weddings at Phipps the ones I did were always in the outdoor garden and you pretty much have total access there but I guess that won't help you this time of year. I really couldn't tell you about that (the weather) though as I have been in Fla. for 2.5 Mos. for a health issue.
     
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    Well JIP I hope your halth issue isn't a serious one! Florida is nice though so is that at least a plus? I have heard of Big Day - isn't that the wedding group that finds everything - photographer, d.j, cake and all that? Pretty cool.
    I'll let you know what happens with the museum. The session is Saturday - I'm going to the museum myself on Friday to check out a few different locations so I'm not just guessing on Saturday. I have a memberships o I can og as many times as I want for free so that's cool. :)
     
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    Kathi I like your website. Very classy and nice images to boot.
     

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