EMP Session Series 3 | Outdoor Family Sessions

"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family."
One of my favorite quotes from Mother Teresa.

Each family has their own unique dynamic and one of my goals at a family session is capturing those special relationships. It's important to me to get your input on what you are hoping for and what direction you'd like to go with your session. Everything from wardrobe to location to the photos that are most important to you will be discussed prior to your session.

Most of the time, the first photo that we will take is trying to get everyone looking and smiling at the camera. I like to do as many traditional portraits as possible right away (everyone posed together looking and smiling, close ups of the kids, etc) and then move on the the more playful, interactive captures. This includes everyone together as well as mom + kids, dad + kids, kids together and solo.

Kids can only smile and pose for so long though, so many of the posed shots are broken up with me telling you and your kids to look at each other. Which usually turns into giggles.

YOU are going to be the best bet at getting laughs and great smiles out of your kids. So if you are not in a photo, I will probably have you do whatever goofy thing you can think of to make your family laugh.

The image below is one of my favorites from this family session because the boys were being more carefree. Also, I love bare feet. Especially when there's a bit of dirt or mud on them. A little piece of childhood captured. And I usually see more genuine smiles when kids feel more like they are playing than posing for a photo.

I have a growing collection of props that can be included in this part of the session. Nothing too complicated. Just small things to engage the kids and help to document the sentiments of the kids ages. This is something that I will ask you about ahead of time to get your thoughts on what your kids would love. This can include things from home as well that they love.

Which brings me to the next types of images that I love taking at family sessions. The ones where you are NOT having to look at the camera, but just snuggle your kids close and make them laugh.

And a photo of where it all began. With just the two of you.

If you would like more information on an outdoor family session, please send me a message through the contact section!

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