If you are considering custom photography for your family, but you're not sure it's really for you, maybe this post will help. Of course all photographers do things a little differently, but for me this is a pretty typical family session for a family with young children.
When a family contacts me, if they don't have a location in mind already, I send them a bunch of links with location ideas. Then they can choose an area that they love. This family decided to meet me in Old Town. (I go there a lot, you can see why below - it's beautiful year round.)
With young kids I know my window of opportunity is limited - I will need to work fast! I always do the whole family together first and get a few portraits with everyone looking. This can require some fast talking, some puppets, and lots of jokes.
Then if I am lucky, the kids will have enough attention span left that they will sit down all together for one more set. These girls did great!
Then it gets easier, because I can spend a little time with each child while the others take a break.
There is always something fun to do. (Love.)
Once those basics are out of the way, we can move on to the more casual or candid stuff that I love most.
When I do child photography, I want to capture a child being herself,
and families doing what they do best.
This involves running.
Usually there is someone willing to do some jumps for me!
Parents need pictures together too.
By the time the kiddos are d.o.n.e. we have a ton of happy, playful images to enjoy, a great mix of casual and slightly posed pictures. (I am not much for posing, and in my opinion it's a losing battle to pose young people anyway.)
If this style of photography appeals to you, I'd love to chat with you about a family session for YOUR family. I am a zero pressure kind of person - just give me a call or email, and we can talk!
Or, see this page for other ideas about how to make your portrait session the best that it can be. Sometimes it's hard to decide where to go for your photo session - for lots of other session locations, see this blog page here.