Family Photography

Do you feel needed?

Maybe even a little too needed!? 

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Silver lining: Doing things with your child, and for your child, make some of the best images from a family session. I loved this expecting mama's comment that her lovely toddler probably wondered what got in to his parents. For him, our photoshoot felt like the best playdate ever. No doubt everyone took a nap that afternoon.

Tip: Make note of a game you play with your child that you know they love. Tell your photographer ahead of time so they can incorporate it into the session.

Two for the price of one - at least until pre-school!

Newborn twins, they embody paradox. When one is asleep, the other is awake. When one is happy, the other is cranky. But when they both decide they are finally snuggly and satisfactorily fed, there's nothing sweeter on the planet.

On a fashion note, the classic aden + anais muslin swaddles are really lovely and photograph well. For twins, especially of the same gender, it works to have similar items, like these plaid diaper covers, with just a small variation.

For parents, I'm a big fan of neutral tones in lighter shades. Dad came out in a button down and cardigan, but noted he was dressed as if he was going to the office. Once he got into his regular hoodie, he felt more like himself and it made a cozy spot for the babies to lounge in.

Moral of the story, dress like yourself, even if you're just born.

I can't resist a Before and After photo...

I'm okay with scruffy, bad attitudes, high energy personalities or introspective, shy small people. It's the range of kids' emotions that's so wonderful. These guys polished up, showed off their moves and ran the gamut from mischievous and playful, to gorgeous and sweet. The studio shoot doesn't have to be a place of blah and Sears portraits. Let your fun flag fly!
p.s. kudos to their mom for some great wardrobe styling.

I'm not always right...

Just when I lay down some edict on what you should not wear, some kid comes along to prove me wrong. Overalls are being taken off the do not wear list - as long as you can rock them like J does here. On a baby, I found the bib always rose up over their chin.

The plain truth is the whole family pulls together a great look. Colors that tie in with each other, good textures, shapes and patterns. It feels authentic to their personal style, and that's what matters most.

Great wardrobe options for an active toddler

A pretty new walker with all the right wardrobe choices. Floral and light-hearted patterns add a pop of color or brightness when she wants to stand out from her background. A few pairs of bottoms because you know she'll get the first ones dirty within 5 minutes. The texture of mom's shirt and necklace tie in with her daughter's outfits, and dad looks casually pulled together in a soft linen shirt. Plus it's perfect for snuggling against when you need a moment of downtime.

Mother of the Month - Sofi G.

Thinking about leaving the city for a relaxed change of pace?
All you need is two Ivy League degrees, preferably one with a minor in chemistry to make your own kefir, and keep those cloth diapers white. Plus let's just throw in an animal husbandry certificate of achievement to ensure the bee hive thrives and the horses (not shown) are healthy. 
Did I fail to mention her 3 year old and 2 month old, plus the high school class of pubescent teenagers to whom she teaches history?

Yes, so relaxing...