If I had to guess one of the top reasons why people don’t have professional photos taken of their family, I would say that they think it’s too much effort — it requires too much mental space to organize, plan and prepare. Who has time to be picking out coordinating outfits and worrying about timing and location and posing and bribing your kids to smile and all the other details when they are busy running around from work to daycare to soccer practice to the grocery store, etc!! Who needs that kind of stress in their life?
Nobody. And I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that hard.
When I receive inquiries for photo sessions, people often ask me to recommend a place to go that has a beautiful backdrop for their family pictures. And I think this request makes a lot of sense — it’s amazing to have your family’s photos taken when spring blossoms are in full bloom or fall foliage is at it’s peak. But I have to say, over the last seven years of photographing families, the sessions at home are almost always my favorites.
This family is not a new client of mine and it’s not the first time I’ve been at their house (the first time was at the newborn session of their second daughter) But it was the first time we spent so much time outside at their home — playing on the swingset, jumping on the trampoline, watering the flowers, chatting with the chickens ( yes you read that right — chickens!!), and just plain hanging out in the yard. In my opinion, home is the where all the good stuff happens. Children are so comfortable in their element that their true personalities really come through. This family chose to have an outdoor session with this me last year at the Arnold Arboretum, and is definitely a favorite of mine, but this one is a very close rival, because it is just so genuine and simple and real.
This post is bursting at the seams with images. It is hard to narrow them down when I want to show the full story….!
As summer is winding down, I am sorting through hundreds of images from last year and prepping for the busy season ahead. I realized I never blogged a few awesome families from last fall, including this one!!
This family is a long time client and they are some of my very favorite people to photograph! We were so lucky to have (more…)
It was hot and sunny the day I went to photograph this sweet family of three. I was there to document their baby boy turning one, and as I arrived I could see remnants from his birthday party the day before adorning the back deck.
The last time I was at this house, I was greeted at the door by (more…)
Thrilled does not even begin to describe how I felt when I had the opportunity to photograph this amazing mother daughter duo again. They are just so special together and it is such a treat to photograph their bond. The best part this time? They just welcomed an adorable new (more…)