The best portraits capture all of their subjects smiling, which can be difficult when they involve family pets or the Lincoln Memorial. Let a professional crack stony grins with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get a family holiday portrait package at Charles Fretzin Photography & Video (a $350 value). This package includes:
- A one-hour outdoor shoot at a location of the photographer’s choosing
- Digital proofs online
- 20 holiday cards of a single image
- One 11”x14” canvas-textured print of the same image
- A low-resolution digital file of the image<p>
Photographer Charles Fretzin trains his eye for formal portraiture to capture candid stills of families set against a scenic backdrop in one of Burbank’s parks. Shutters click and applaud successful poses as up to seven subjects shuffle and swap positions to find the most pleasing arrangement of heights or successful spelling of “Santa” across Christmas sweaters. After the one-hour session, subjects receive their digital images via email, festively decked with an online menu that allows them to pick the image that best communicates seasonal tidings to family and friends. In addition to 20 holiday greeting cards and an 11”x14” canvas-textured print, clients receive a low-res digital version of the chosen image to share with loved ones without access to mail or trapped inside a computer program. Those eager to slide their mugs into the mailboxes of unsuspecting family members must order all holiday cards by December 19 to ensure a timely Christmas delivery. Late-comers will nab an extra 11” x 14” print instead of a traditional greeting card.
Charles Fretzin Photography & Video
Photographer Charles Fretzin began his love affair with the camera more than 30 years ago, when he studied at Chicago's Institute of Design. Now, Charles trains his eye to formal and candid portraiture to capture stills of families, couples, and newlyweds against a studio or scenic backdrop. Subjects receive their digital images via email before selecting the choicest shots, which can later be made into prints, custom photo albums, or toasters that burn their faces into each slice of bread.