Our family portrait sessions are done in a lifestyle, rather than formal style. We enjoy capturing moments of your children being playful, interacting with their siblings, and cuddling with you. After taking a few posed photos, we allow your family to have fun while we preserve those authentic smiles that you love so much.
The secret ingredient to these sessions is playfulness and unrehearsed organic action. It’s about freezing the moment in time through laughter and activities. When kids see themselves in family photos it builds their self-esteem and fuels their imaginations. The family photo session is an investment in your family that you'll always be grateful that you made.
What is lifestyle photography? It's a style that fits comfortably between traditional and documentary photography. In lifestyle photography, you are doing quite a bit of directing, and a bit of posing, but you are going beyond that traditional portrait format by bringing out deep emotion. Lifestyle is about creating a fantastic portrayal of reality.
Capturing connection and movement creates the candid moments that you are looking for. You and your children will hold hands, hug, and kiss. This movement creates a special rhythm and a dynamic in the photographs which shows your family connection. A family photographer is looking to give you all an activity in order to foster engagement and movement. Be ready to sing, play games, run, jump, or splash. Plan for fun and I will try do my best to capture all these real moments.
The games we play during sessions elicit a strong reaction from the children and from Mom and Dad. If parents and kids are given an activity where they can cut loose and enjoy the day, then all the worries about how you look and how the kids are behaving will melt away. This is where the family portrait session fun begins!
A few questions to think about before your session might be... What kind of outdoor games your kids like to play? Do they have a favorites game? Please, feel free to list more than just one game. Do you have a favorite family game? Do you like to sing as a family?
I have had the luck to watch during school recess as kid’s play tag with positive emotions and happy smiles. Nothing makes an image feel more present and authentic than movement.
Rather than try to rein them in I encourage children to run around and smile naturally much to their parent’s surprise and delight. Immediately after this game, it’s time for rest. We will get settled for a posed family portrait where I will try to capture some candid moments like hugs, snuggles, and kisses.
I will be guiding you in order to encapsulate your family connection and emotion. We will play games like 10 secondly, wiggle, and tag, and we will wrap up with a family hug. Every family has its own games and I encourage you to share your kids' favorite games with me so we can bring the joy they provide to your session. Fun is the best ingredient for a great photo.
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