Capture natural and enduring family portraits with professional family photography that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Children are curious, spontaneous, silly, energetic, and above all, completely unpredictable. So how do you plan family portraits with a rambunctious two-year-old? My advice is to let go of any expectations of cooperation and think more along the lines a play date. This will not be a stiff family portrait session like you may find at Sears.
You should expect your family portrait session to be laid-back and fun!
Don’t think of it as “family portrait day” — as this will only result in unnecessary stress (for both you and your children). Children are encouraged to run around and play, jump on the bed, get a little muddy in the park or sandy on the beach. My goal is to capture connections, spontaneous expressions, and natural smiles that go way beyond the traditional family portraits! The results are the most genuine when the children are able to forget that the camera is even there.
I have a casual, more documentary style of photography.
I enjoy capturing the special moments between families, which are most likely the expressions that you see most in one another every day. You will find me talking to you and your family a lot, with special attention in engaging your children in the moment.
Please allow me to keep them focused on me, rather than being firm with them; I have a few tricks to help kids forget the camera is even there, thus producing more natural expressions and smiles from them. If you have younger children, I may tell some jokes or act silly, with teens, I may pull them off to the side and get to know a bit about them first. I know a family photo session can be thought of as a stressful time, but I want you to enjoy more than your images, but also the experience of making those images.
I gravitate towards the natural posing that families do, but may offer posing suggestions as needed, in order to benefit the final look of your portraits. Also, attitude is everything.
A grumpy disposition, whether a child’s or a parent’s, can show up in your final images, so I ask that you come to your photo session with an open mind, keeping in mind that you are creating precious memories that you will cherish for decades to come.
Clothing suggestions for your family portraits
Family photographs are special, a legacy of who your family was for future generations to enjoy. I want you to enjoy your experience with us, and have a few things to remember before your photo session.
Clothing choices are just as important for family sessions, as other sessions. I highly suggest clothing for each family member that has the same tone, not necessarily color. Please, and this is very important, be wary of stripes, plaid, words and logos on your family’s clothing. These things can be a distraction from your beautiful family.
Oh, and bare feet are great for family photo sessions too!
Individual Family Photography Session – $250
- Price includes a 1-2 hour custom photo session at the location of your choice for up to 5 people. I have a number of beautiful location options to choose from. The session fee does not include any prints or digital negatives; these are purchased separately.
- A $75 deposit is due at the time of booking your session to hold your date and is non-refundable. The balance is due at the time of the session.
- After each photo shoot, we will meet for your ordering session where you will be presented with approximately 30 edited photographs to choose from. Please contact me for the full price list.
- Travel fee applies to all locations further than 15 miles from photographer. Contact me for a travel quote.