As a Tampa family photographer, I get the pleasure of documenting your families story. My goal for each session is to document your families love organically. I will guide you through the poses, but much of what I photograph is the in between. The real moments.
Prepping for your session
Planning a photo session can be stressful to many. I like to take that stress away from you by helping you prepare for your photos. Before your session I will have you come into the studio for a wardrobe consult. We will chat about what you might envision for your session, do you have a color scheme you are wanting to work around? Or maybe you aren’t really sure what exactly you want. I’m here to help!
My client closet has over 80 dresses for mamas to choose from, I am confident we will find the perfect dress for you! I also have a children’s client closet from newborn to ten years old, as well as a men’s shirt collection! No more shopping with kids in tow, online shopping and the inevitable returns! I will help you every step of the way.
It is also helpful to take a peak at a recent blog I wrote about what to wear for your beach family photos. SARASOTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER: WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR BEACH FAMILY PHOTOS
During your session
If I could give you only one tip for your family session is to let go of any expectations and just enjoy the moment. Just like a lot of what raising kids is, it will never go as you plan. Your toddler may have skipped their nap that day or your baby may only wanting one parent during the session. Its easy to start to worry that the session is a fail, but I can promise you that is not true!
Embrace that moment for what it is, after all that is the goal to document your family in this stage of life. Nothing goes as planned when raising young kids, that’s the beauty of it!
Once upon a time I had family photos done of my own family, my daughter was maybe 10 months and my son about 3 1/2. I was so anxious the whole day trying to make sure everything went perfectly. Making sure my daughter napped at the perfect time, getting my make up done, arriving to the session on time, not feeling rushed. I used to be notorious for being late to e v e r y t h i n g. (Thankfully that has changed!)
But guess what happened, my make up ran late and I used someone new and didn’t love it. We arrived to the session late and I was even more anxious. Everyone at the session could feel my anxious energy. My daughter didn’t want to be held or engage in the session. I felt like it was a complete fail.
Once I began editing the photos I felt so guilty because they were beautiful! My makeup looked great. My favorite photos ended up being the little moments. The moments of my son playing with my daughter and me comforting my daughter by breastfeeding her.
After that session I promised my self I would never do that again. I would embrace the moment for what it is. I truly just want to pause this stage in my life and document it forever, and that doesn’t always look perfect.
ENJOY THE LITTLE MOMENTS
Id love to help you plan a family session of your own! I am booking on a limited basis for Fall and Winter! Make sure to contact me to reserve your session. I’d love to work with you! Check out my portfolio to take a look at my other work, and follow me on Instagram for updates and session sneak peaks!
P.S If you are pregnant or have recently had a c-section i invite you to check out my friend Stephanie’s blog on “c-section care tips“.