Celebrating Adoptive Families with Portraits
Many of up may not know, but I'm an adoptive parent. My husband and I adopted our youngest son thirty years ago. We went through the adoption process during our last assignment here in Los Angeles. The process was long. It entailed lots of paperwork, home visits by representatives of the State of California, attending parenting courses, and more.
Importance of Photographs with Dad
The week before Thanksgiving, Danny reached out to me to inquire about photography services for himself and his son. Because of the cold weather in the Northern Virginia area, we scheduled their portraits in a local studio in Fairfax, VA.
Upon entering the studio, the space was decorated with Christmas attire; lights, Christmas Trees, Pillows and more. It was ready for us to have a great time and make memories for Father and Son.
Fall Family Portraits in Occoquan, VA
Fall is a wonderful time of year to have your family's portraits taken, especially in Northern Virginia. A great location for family pictures is in Occoquan Regional Park. This beautiful family decided to have their family's portraits at the amazing location.
As you can see in the portrait below, it has beautiful fall foliage, bridges, and more. Making it a wonderful location for family pictures.
What is a family portrait session and why should I have one?
Many families are reluctant to have pictures taken because of anxiety and fear that it won’t be fun. However, having your family picture taken is a great way to showcase your family’s true personality, relax, have fun, and create fond memories together.
Portrait sessions are the perfect time to let your silliness come alive and create beautiful moments with your children. Making silly faces and skipping around is the perfect way to start the session and break the ice.
Family Portraits at Malaga Cove Plaza
Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes is a majestic location to have your family pictures taken; it has a European feel. So, when Claudia reached out to participate in the family model call I was having in March, Palos Verdes was one of the first locations we discussed for her family's pictures.
As you can see from the portrait above, the scene is amazing!
Top Los Angeles Locations for Family Pictures
Selecting a family photographer in Los Angeles can be a overwhelming task. Then attempting to find the best location for your family pictures can take you over the edge. Especially since Los Angeles has so many different beautiful locations for pictures. In an attempt to help, I have complied a short list of possible locations for family pictures.
As a Los Angeles photographer, I've had the privilege of photographing many families in amazing locations. However, my favorite locations are Santa Monica Pier, Madrona Marsh, and Disney Hall.
How long of a session do I need?
Not sure how much time you need for your custom portrait session? You’ve come to the right place! We’re here to help you figure out the perfect length for your photo session. Many family photographers offer three slots of times: 30 minutes, one hour, and up to two hours. Portrait sessions that are 30 minutes versus two hours can be a huge difference for various reasons.
How Not to have A Mental Breakdown During Your Session!
Family Pictures; when you hear these two words what emotions come up? For some it may be excitement and yet for others it can be overwhelming and stressful. Having your family portrait taken is a great experience that you'll never forget. Family pictures help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family at each stage. However, many parents, especially Moms have stated this day can get very stressful and overwhelming. I want to ensure this feeling doesn't happen to you.
Did you know, If you’re stressed it will be on display in your portraits. I want your portrait experience to be filled with fun and your portraits to be carefree and full of fun. Here are some tips you can use during your family's portrait experience to help you relax and enjoy the moment:
Preparing Your Husband for the Portrait Session
Fall; that time of year when many families will be wanting to get their annual family picture taken. Will you be one of those family in the Los Angeles area looking for a family photographer to not only be patient with your children, but encourage your reluctant spouse to participate. Many, just maybe get a smile so the picture can be used for your family's Christmas card.
For some of us, preparing our husbands for the family photo session is as exhausting as preparing the kids. If your husband is happy-go-lucky about photo day, that’s excellent (count yourself blessed). If you’re dealing with someone who’s reluctant, however, then here are some things you can do to help:
Posing Tips for Family Pictures
With Covid-19 in full effect, many families or should I say Moms are hesitant to have family pictures taken. Why, you may ask? Many times as Moms, we're not comfortable with our weight and we surely don't want pictures taken of us (I totally understand; I'm right there with you).
We want to just have pictures taken of just our children (in reality it's another way to hide from the camera). What if you could have a family portrait where you can "hide" or eliminate those areas of your body you're not comfortable with showing?
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