Family Portrait Sessions

Donna Cummings Photography is the premier portrait studio in Tyler, Texas.  We have been in business since 2003.  Our newly custom built studio is conveniently located in the Swann’s Shopping Center off Old Jacksonville Highway in south Tyler.

As women photographers, we know the importance of making people not only look amazing but also feel great about themselves during their portrait session.  We love our work and  enjoy meeting new clients.  We are friendly and make every effort to help our clients feel comfortable. We are professional, timely and personable.

As well as photographing in the studio, we work many weddings and events that require us to be quick on our feet.  We photograph corporate and private events such as the Distinguished Lecture Series at UTTyler, The Earl Campbell Event, The American Heart Association Heart Ball, The Bethesda Birthday Bash and many others.  We photograph the “Fashion Focus” for Tyler Today Magazine bi-monthly and we have collaborated with The Chamber of Commerce on a book highlighting the attributes of the city of Tyler.  Our studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Texas Professional Photographers Association (TPPA), The East Texas Pro Forum and an active leader in the Rising Tide Society.  Donna is Certified by PPA.

 

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Sessions Pricing

Simple Studio Session

$99

  • Up to 4 people
  • Indoor/outdoor daytime studio session
  • monday - thursday 9am-4pm
 

Premium Studio Session

$199

  • Up to 6 people
  • Indoor/outdoor studio session
  • monday - friday - select weekends - evenings
 

Platinum Location Session

$399

  • Up to 10 people
  • Indoor/outdoor studio or location session
  • custom dates and times

session fee is due at time of booking | session fee is for the artist’s time & talent  | prints and digital images are separate | add $25 per additional person

One week after your session, final selections may be made with the help of our experienced portrait consultants.  They will you help you choose the appropriate finish and size for your wall portraits, and they can help you get the most value in gift portraits, greeting cards and display prints.  This service is free of charge.

Portrait Canvases, Fine Art prints and Albums are priced separately and packages are available.

Retouching enhancement is included at no additional charge on all Donna Cummings Portraits.  

 

 

What to Wear

Some helpful advice about dressing for a Timeless Family Portrait:

Begin with Neutral Fabrics

Start with solid (or lightly textured) outfits in one of the Color Palettes below.  Add a minimal splash of color and pattern with the children's outfits or adult's accessories (ie: a shirt or blouse under a jacket, a scarf, jewelry, etc).

Don't Mix Whites and Darks

Unify the group with a "dark-on-dark" mix of clothing, (OR) a mix of "light-on-light" tones.

Do not mix dark and light tops and bottoms. Especially in larger groups, this can create a "cluttered" look.  Ideally, no outfit will compete for attention with your beautiful faces.

Avoid Bold Patterns or Logos

Experience shows that strong patterns and stripes can date a portrait quickly.  For a timeless and more artistic effort, employ solids and subtly textured fabrics.

To Slenderize

Dark clothing tends to slenderize. Longer sleeves are generally more flattering than short cap sleeves. Wearing the same tone on top and bottom tends to lengthen and slenderize your body visually.

Eye Glasses

People who wear their glasses all day often want to keep them on for their portrait.  Glasses, however, can produce glare and reflections covering the eyes. This is not retouchable. Anti-reflective coating helps greatly to reduce the reflections. Otherwise we recommend borrowing a similar pair of empty frames from your optometrist, or going without.

For a Natural Look

Layering with sweaters and jackets adds depth and dimension to your portrait.  Layers can also allow you to move more naturally and look more comfortable.  Outdoor portraits are best with "outdoor" casual outfits, which allow you to sit on the ground if needed. Consider jean-style pants and long, flowing skirts for this reason.

For a Formal Portrait

For a stunning formal portrait start with a blend of rich, understated colors. Add a little dark-on-dark pattern with accessories. Don't be afraid to spice it up with a color splash, flattering necklines and jewelry. Layers of darker tones work well to simplify the overall look, while adding depth.

Lay it All Out

Try laying out everyone's clothing in the room where your portrait will live. Replace outfits and add accessories until you achieve a complimentary and exciting look for that room. After laying out your clothing choices, take a quick snapshot with your phone. This can be helpful when sharing information with other family members and when shopping for the rest of the family.

Finally... Bring Options

We highly recommend bringing extra clothing options for each member of your group.  Often we find that changing a top or bottom at the last minute can greatly improve your portrait design.