Fall is a very popular time for families to have their picture taken in this region.  The beautiful autumn foliage and pleasant temperatures are an obvious draw, and I love getting outdoors and shooting families for this reason.  However, even fall weather can be temperamental and this time of year can be very chaotic for families with school obligations and holiday events filling their schedules.  Quite often, newborn sessions happen in the winter, but many families don’t realize that this is a great time for a lifestyle photo session at your home.  For this reason, I encourage families to think creatively and schedule a session now.

HERE ARE MY TOP 10 REASONS WHY WINTER IS AN AWESOME TIME FOR A LIFESTYLE PHOTO SESSION AT YOUR HOME:

1.) Shooting at home allows you embrace the chaos and let you document those everyday moments that you will miss once everything calms down.

Children won’t remember a good part of the beginning of their lives.  Looking back and being able to see what their living room/bedroom/kitchen looked like when they were a wee one, is like giving them the ability to travel back in time.

Parents may look around their house and get frustrated by the mess of toys being strewn everywhere, but they forget that this is a phase that will be missed once the kids are grown.  Shooting at home helps preserve those moments for memory lane…you know, when you are no longer stepping on legos and slipping on stuffed animals!

Plus, lets face it…we spend a lot of time and money in/on our homes, celebrate the memories you are making together in it.

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2.) It is a great way to document milestones.

It feels like in the blink of an eye, your once immobile baby is all of the sudden crawling and climbing.  These are very short phases filled with cuteness that you want to remember.  Memories like crawling, finally being able to climb onto the couch, or putting their shoes on by themselves are some of my favorite childhood milestones.

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3.)  You can capture pictures of them playing with their cherished toys. 

Being at home gives them access to all of their toys.  This is so comforting for kids to be around their favorite stuff and they typically show it off with pride.  Being able to document their little hands playing with their favorite toy is another way to authentically document their childhood.  An added bonus is when they grow up and are able to see how they played in their own room.

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4.) You are able to document the relationships in your family on a whole other level.

Lifestyle photography goes beyond the posed shots and captures the family’s connections and interactions, which are memories that will only become more treasured over time.

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5.) You can document the fun siblings have when they are home together.

Even though they may fight a lot, siblings create so many memories together through playing at home with each other.  Watching  kids create games, burst out laughing together, or just snuggling together is so heart warming.

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6.) You can document everyday activities…and actually be in the picture.

This past Christmas, my daughter and I did a lot of baking.  Here are some images from our time together.  Do you see something that is missing?  ME!  I am hardly ever in the shot because I am the one taking the pictures of their childhood.  Don’t be Claire…get in the picture so your children know you were there too.  Being able to photograph you and your child baking cookies, having a tea party, building a fort, or playing with blocks are just some of the activities you can do together.

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7. ) You can document the quiet moments.

Let’s face it, the giggles and games are fun but parenting is exhausting.  Those moments when a child passes out on the sofa or is quietly playing in their room are highly cherished.

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8.)  You can include family pets.

Your pets are such an important part of your life so why not make sure they are included in the pictures too. Children and their petsPIN Mother, son, and dog reading in nurseryPIN

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9.) Winter is a great backdrop for fun.

Even though the leaves may have fallen and everything can be gray, snow makes everything fun and magical.

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10.) Winter is way less stressful than fall.

Now that the holidays are over and the cold weather is in full effect, life tends to calm down.  This means you are way less stressed and can concentrate on having pictures taken purely for your enjoyment.  This equates to happier kids and parents and photos filled with love.  Plus, why not make it super easy and stay in your pjs and document some very authentic moments.  Before you know it, the warm weather will be here and your schedule will be packed again.  Take this time to concentrate on your family.

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WINTER SPECIAL


For the months of February, March, and April, I am holding a winter special for at home lifestyle photo sessions.  Those that are subscribed to my email newsletter get first access to the winter special rates and dates set aside.

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Photographs can help boost your child’s self esteem, simply by having printed pictures of your child/family in the home.  

Being able to see photographs of themselves with their family gives them a wonderful feeling of unity and belonging.  It validates the love that they are already feeling.  There is a wonderful article about the benefits of family photographs in the home that you can read here.  The tactile nature of printed products helps them feel even more connected.  Please print your photos.

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Photographs are a ticket to a moment otherwise gone.

When you are in the thick of parenting, it feels like the current stage is going to last forever.  You think the big moments are so important that of course you will remember…except you won’t.  All of a sudden, your baby is now an active toddler and you can’t even remember what it was like to have a baby in the house.  Now fast forward another 10 or 20 years and all of those moments are much fuzzier.  Photographs freeze those moments and make those fuzzy moments clear again. I love lifestyle photography so much because it captures the family’s personality, relationships, and life’s every day details.  As time passes, it will be those little details that are the hardest to recall.  Documenting your everyday allows you to revisit those moments whenever you want.

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Photographs connect generations.

Sometimes feeling a sense of place in this world has something to do with the ancestors that came before you.  In my living room, we have a series of frames with professional photos of my husband’s extended family from almost 100 years ago. These type of images allow us to connect with our family history and give us a deeper sense of self.  Thankfully the images were printed with archival quality so they have have held up beautifully over the years.  Your investment in custom photography now is actually an investment in your legacy. Unfortunately, so many pictures today are taken with their smart phone.  For those that are the photographers for the family, they typically don’t make it into the shot unless it is a selfie. Just think of you how you would like those memories to be captured.

Photographs only increase in value over time.

Last year, my mom was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  Just a few months later, she passed away.  It was shocking and gut wrenching.  She was in perfect health before the tumor and such a massive part of our lives.  My biggest comfort comes from the fact that she was able to meet her grandchildren and that I was obsessive about documenting them together.  My daughter was only 3 when she passed so she probably won’t remember knowing her.  The photos are the only way to keep their relationship alive for her.  They are my biggest treasure and no object can even compete in value.  An expensive meal out finishes quickly, technology gets outdated easily, and even cars need to be replaced after awhile.  However, photos are forever and become more cherished over time.  It is an investment in something that is guaranteed to grow in value.

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Of course I have my own favorite childhood memories with her.

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Finally, a shot of my parents together from our annual family vacation.  An image I will cherish and how I will always remember her.

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“If you don’t think pictures are important, wait until they are all that you have left.” ~ Anonymous

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When you are friends with someone since you were 14, you experience it all together.  My friend Mary Beth has been the most wonderful friend to me over the years and really kicked it up a notch when my mom passed away.  I don’t know how people survive great tragedy without being surrounded by a village.  I am so thankful for mine. She has a big birthday coming up and I wanted to make sure all of her amazingness was captured.  Here she is with her family.  Can you tell that she is an actress?  The drama just comes naturally. 🙂

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We were pregnant twice at the same time.  Our kids get along wonderfully.  Natalia had to jump in with the youngest and I couldn’t resist their cuteness.

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Happy Birthday my beautiful friend!  I love you dearly! xoxoxoxo

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Two years ago was my first session with the {W} family.  Mom wanted to test the waters with a mini session.  Thankfully we were blessed with beautiful weather and really happy kids.  This family has a lot of love between them and have so much fun together that it was easy to capture their relationships.

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Two years later, we got together again but with even more of the clan.  So much love all around.  They really made it easy and so much fun to photograph.

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This one…could she BE any cuter?

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I have a soft spot for grandparent shots.  What I wouldn’t give to have more pictures taken with my own as a child.

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Last fall, Shutterfly sent me an email, requesting to buy images from my portfolio for use on their website.  Of course I said yes.  They were particularly interested in images of my family and I had to cull my archives in order to get images of both of my children from birth until now.  Today you will find them regularly on their website, mailed catalog, plus Facebook and Instagram feeds.  My friends like to play a modified version of Where’s Waldo and find our pictures.  Here are just examples of my images being used by Shutterfly.

Friends have screenshot their inbox to show me how my daughter greeted them good morning that day…

 

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They were sprinkled all throughout Instagram…

 

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We would see ads like this on Facebook…

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They even put together full photo books of my family.

 

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Happy to pair up with a company that understands the value of printing your images as well as incorporating them into your everyday life.  Thank you Shutterfly!

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