My heart just melts when it comes to Family sessions! I have never thought of it as a daily part of my job, I have always seen it as a way to make new friends with the exception of holding a camera. Family sessions are not simply a means of decorating your home - they are ultimately an expression of the love you share as a family.
Make a day of it! Make sure you are telling your kids about your family photo session in the days leading up to it, mention how much fun it’s going to be. Maybe plan on going to get breakfast together afterwards or somewhere else special so it seems exciting! Talk to your kids about silly faces they might make and maybe let them select between two outfits. Help your daughter choose a fun lip gloss she will get to wear for her pictures or have your son practise styling his hair fancy.
Call me by my name and let them know you are excited to see me and to spend time playing together. Make sure you schedule your session around naps and maybe don’t schedule a late night family movie for the evening prior to your session.
Please don’t ask your kids to say cheese! We all know those ‘cheese’ grimaces are not your kids natural lovely faces. It’s my job to get great expressions; expressions that are natural and authentic, and I will never ask your kids to say cheese to do so.
Kids will be kids. If your child is super grouchy or excited or sad, or whiny or shy, don’t worry! Sometimes they just need a little time. At times I may take your child off on our own little adventure for a bit, not out of your sight, just a little ways off usually to pick flowers for example. Children often change when they are not under mom and dads watch, these are the times we can often get the best expressions! I will also try to capture a few of those grouchy expressions too because they are great faces and memories for the future. Above all please never be embarrassed if your kids aren’t little posing angels who want to sit still and smile into the camera. I don’t think I’ve met that child yet :)
Pricing & Packages
PETITE FAMILY SESSION
30 Min Session
Images received on Disc
(maximum 3 people)
CLASSIC FAMILY SESSION
45 Min Session
Images received on Flash
(maximum 6 people)
PREMIER FAMILY SESSION
60 Min Session
Images received on Flash
(maximum 10 people)
What to wear?
Making sure you and your family are dressed in coordinating colors leads to an image that looks cohesive and professional. Biggest tips while choosing outfits are – no logos, they are distracting and tend to make your images look more like snapshots, try to steer clear of super bright colors or being too “matchy matchy” (think jeans and white shirts for all). The best plan is to choose a neutral color palate, picking a few main colors and mixing fabrics and patterns. Set everything out on a bed, if it all looks good together and doesn’t clash, you are on the right track!
"Choose a location that is meaningful to you, whether it be your favorite cafe, your living room, your favorite park, the beach, or even open flower fields. Visiting a favorite spot opens up the doors to interact with each other as a family in a natural way—whether it be walking together holding hands, while the kids dance and skip, or enjoying a sunset stroll together. Family sessions aren't just about taking straight forward portraits—it is an excellent opportunity to get real photos showcasing the small moments you share with each other as a family. Being in an environment that cultivates laughter, smiles, and hugs that you share on the daily is really conducive to a successful Family session." I have done so many Family sessions to date and I'm always open to making suggestions so please don't hesitate to ask :) Ultimately we want your children to enjoy the experience!