Claire Bunn Photography Blog » Claire Bunn Photography is an on location, natural lighting , child/family photographer serving the Philadelphia metro area.

Summer went by like a flash and I can’t believe the school year is quickly approaching…or is already here for some.  Before we know it, the holidays will be here.  Why not reduce your holiday stress and have both your holiday pictures as well as holiday cards handled by me?  Trust me when I say the investment will save you time, energy, and a lot of screaming at your family.

Leave your tripod at home so you can easily get into the picture with your family.  Let me handle the children so you don’t have to force a smile or chase down a toddler.  Let me edit the best of the best images for you so you are not sitting in front of your computer late into the night.  Let me coordinate your favorite image with the perfect card so you are not overwhelmed by all of the card choices there are nowadays.  Let me give you that extra hand that is so desperately needed at the holidays.  We know that you are already taking care of the food, the shopping, the wrapping, and getting everyone out to the festivities.  Let me take care of this part for you so you can spend more time enjoying your time with your family.  You have already noticed that they are getting so big and it won’t be long before Santa isn’t as big a deal.  Treasure this time and use the fact that you have a few less to dos on your list to take a breath and actually have a moment to celebrate all of the memories that are happening around you.

My $150 session fee (plus 6% sales tax) includes (25) custom holiday cards but does not include prints or digital files.  Prints and digitals can be purchased separately from two different collections. The details on the collections are listed below.

Please contact me to ask any questions about the sessions or the collections at:

Fall Mini Sessions

Collection information:


Philadelphia Area Fall Mini Sessions

You can automatically secure your date and time slot by clicking the dates below and paying your session fee.  There will be a pull down menu where you can select the exact time of the session.  I recommend securing a time later in the day to ensure that beautiful lighting that comes with the golden hour sunset.

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

My fall calendar is starting to fill up but I still have availabilities for full sessions as well.

Hope to see you this fall!





Challenging yourself regularly is necessary in order to hone your craft.  Many photographers do a personal project in some  shape or form.  A 365 project is quite popular although daunting.  You have to take one picture and post it every day.  Simple enough but keeping up with it on those super busy days makes it challenging.  I’ve seen many of my photographer friends really grow after tackling a 365 so I have decided to take the leap and do one myself.

Here is the first month of my 365…you can follow me on Instagram as well.  Instagram is where all images will originally be posted.  I encourage you to do a 365 project of your own.  It is a great way to focus on what is important in your life and have a great gift to look back on at the end of the year.


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Since we started dating, travel has been a common bond between my husband and I.  No sooner do we get back from a trip do we start planning the next adventure.  No matter if it is just a local jaunt to the beach or a trans atlantic trip, the planning is half the fun.  Once we had kids, we just factored in where we could go that was kid friendly.  By the time our son was 18 months old, he was blessed with traveling the entire eastern seaboard plus touching the pacific ocean in both Costa Rica and Washington state.

We did learn that we do need to try to plan some travel without the kids so we can recharge and reconnect.  Parenting is wonderful but an all consuming, 24/7 job.  Your conversation can get filled with day to day activities and overall life pressures that your marriage doesn’t get the attention it needs and deserves.  Thankfully we have very helpful and understanding parents that know that couples need some alone time and agree to watch our kids for long periods of time.  We also have wonderful neighbors that loaned us their house in Florida so it was easier to get a break from reality.  We were away from Wednesday to Sunday and it was wonderful.  Half the time we were just relaxing at the house.  Watching tv, swimming, tooling around on the internet, preparing meals, etc.  It was nice to be on our own schedule.  We went out to dinner a few times and had some delicious meals.  Mainly, it is time to keep your marriage on track and remember what life was like before kids.  You need to put your marriage first if you want it to last and if you want to provide a happy home for your children to be raised in.  After all, if mom and dad aren’t getting along then the whole house is turned upside down.  Marriage is an investment.  One that that takes time and attention.  It needs to be nurtured and loved.  Sometimes that is hard to do when you have little ones tugging for your attention constantly.  (As I write this, my daughter is calling me from her room as I am on the sofa with my husband.)

So i urge you, even if you just trade babysitting with other friends that have kids, make time for your partner.  Ship the kids off to your friends house for the weekend and then take their kids the following weekend.  Do something so you can give each other a large chunk of time to concentrate on just each other.  Go out and do something fun for an evening.  Have a picnic in your living room once the kids are in bed.  SOMETHING.  Just make sure you get your quality time together.


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A few years ago, my husband and I took my son (he was 2 at the time) to Dutch Wonderland for Halloween.  We had a great time and I am not sure why it took me so long to return.  Once my son found out that they had a dinosaur exhibit, we had to go back asap.  So we wrangled up some of our favorite people and made a day of it.  If you have never been to Dutch Wonderland and have small children, I highly recommend it.  There are so many great rides…us moms wanted to repeat a few all on our own…and just general activities to do.  They have a food area with the usual suspects.  I actually recommend upgrading your parking so you can park closer to the entrance then you can go out to your car and eat lunch  instead…it would definitely be cheaper and most likely of better quality.  It can be a long day in the park, esp with the drive to and from, so if I can have a cooler packed with healthy snacks, water, etc then it will create less meltdowns throughout the day.

As soon as we hit the park we ran into the dutch wonderland dragon.  Our friend was not shy and ran right up.  They had a blast interacting together.  Loved that she got so much one on one time.

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There are many rides that the kids can ride all by themselves. My daughter becomes a beauty pageant as she goes around and loves to wave.

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Their dinosaur exhibit was great.  My son was so excited.  They moved slightly and made sounds. Very little ones may be a bit scared because they are realistic.

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Personally, I loved the signage they had in the dinosaur area.  :)

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If you need to have some friends wait outside the dinosaur exhibit, there is a great sand play area with umbrella.

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We took the tram car around the park, which is a great way to see where everything is and what you want to do first if you have never been.

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A fun spin on a classic ride, the kids were not expecting as much of a twirl…neither did my girlfriend.  So fun though.

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Trying to figure out what we didn’t hit that day.

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I have a soft spot for carousels.  Philadelphia is well known for being a major producer of carousels and you can still find them throughout the tri state area.  The old ones are beautiful.  Plus I love that I can stand inside and take pictures as the kid’s faces light up.  The interior lighting doesn’t hurt matters as well.

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I think this was an overall favorite ride…we did it twice.  The kids loved taking turns driving the boats.  I liked just relaxing in the boat.

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This was fun but I didn’t realize it was only one way.  We left the stroller at the one side and had to walk all the way back in order to get it.  Not a big deal if you work it into your plans.

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Second time on the boats…she is a pro this time around.  :)

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If you have not been to Dutch Wonderland and are looking for somewhere that won’t completely break the bank, then I highly recommend going.  This park has more of nostalgic feel while still keeping things well maintained and modern.  They do things throughout the year as well…check out their website for specifics:


Amazingly enough, I had never been to Six Flags Great Adventure until this year.  I am not sure how I made it 38 years without hitting this major attraction…esp with how heavily they advertise.  My friend has a season pass and Six Flags was offering a great deal for guest so we couldn’t pass it up.  Plus our kids were starting first grade much later than most schools so we knew that the crowds wouldn’t be bad.  A win, win situation. However, we were not prepared for near 100 degrees in September so we did have one negative factor to deal with amongst all of our perks.  Thankfully, they have a small water park area for the kids that we were able to take advantage of and did.  I used my go pro and need to add them to this post…it was a blast.  We took the wild safari on my son’s constant request.  We also did a number of small kid friendly rides.  It was a great day and I hope to go back with them again next summer.  (hint, hint my friend)

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For years I have been hearing great things about the Elmwood Park Zoo, located just outside of Philadelphia, PA.  I’ve been taking my son to the Philadelphia Zoo since he started walking.  When we lived in the city, the zoo was a welcome reprieve from city life so we went often.  However, my neighbor and I wanted to take our kids out for the day and didn’t feel like doing a big zoo while being outnumbered with 5 kids.  So we chose a smaller, but still awesome, alternative.  If you get those coupon books for your kid’s school then you will be able to get one child in for free with payment of an adult.  It is not a massive zoo but it has a lot to do.  There are rides that our kids loved.  There is a wide variety of animals.  Plus it is just a really cute place.  My favorite things to do were feeding the animals.  I highly recommend the Elmwood Park Zoo as a great place to bring your kids.

Here is a link directly to the zoo’s website for your reference:


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