When I was a kid, my family had professional photos taken ONCE. Yup, you read that right. It was an awful experience full of stiff poses, that had me awkwardly resting my hand on my brother’s shoulder. I also happened to have the WORST haircut ever, and am oh so grateful that these photos still grace my parent’s walls. (Insert major eye roll here). I vowed when I opened my photography business that I would make fun family photo experiences for parents and kids.
Stiff, boring, stressful family photos are a thing of the past.
A family session with me is about having fun, loving on each other, letting go, and embracing the chaos that is raising a family. So how do we make your session fun? How do you have fun family photos?
Fun family photo sessions begin with the “holiday card photo” first and then we have fun.
Since your kids are expecting to have to smile for photos, we get that out of the way first. When we meet at the location, I greet your family, catch up, and then I let the kids in on how our time together will work.
I let them know that I’m just going to take a couple of quick photos for Mom and dad, and then we will have some fun family photos. Of course, we are getting photos the entire time. However, the only time I ask them to look at the camera is this very first shot.
There is plenty of play and exploration.
With the family photo out of the way, everyone can relax. Your kids don’t feel pressure to do anything anymore and just let loose, have fun, and their genuine smiles come out. Making the most out of our location, we explore, play, throw rocks, dance, just have fun.
Don’t worry, I’m still guiding and helping you so that these seemingly candid moments are beautiful photographs.
Can you see how fun family photos are created?
Yup. You are actually having fun. Imagine that.
When your kids have a say they are more excited to participate in the family photo experience.
I often ask your kids what they want to do, where they want to explore next, or who we should photograph. Giving them control leads to more authentic portraiture of your family. It also gets kids excited to give ideas and make decisions.
As your children are involved they feel apart of making family photos fun.
I have your kids help me take photos of the parents.
There is always a time I give kids a break and focus on just mom and dad together. However, I often ask kids to help me make sure Mom and dad smile. Kids love this. They don’t have to take photos, mom and dad are in the spotlight, AND they get to make funny faces.
They are also invited on a secret mission. This is usually when I get the best laughs and smiles. Kids want to go tackle/tickle/surprise mom and dad again and again, not even thinking about taking family photos. To them, it is just a time to play and have fun with their parents.
That’s the goal of family photos -to capture your family as you love each other, to document your true smiles, love, and laughter – right?
A photo session with me is not your typical family photo session experience.
I want to remind you that a session with me is not like you remember family photos as a kid. That studio session with a photographer moving your hands and heads just so, wanting the kids to sit perfectly still to get the shot, that’s not what a session with me is like. That would not be a fun family photo experience.
Your family will play, laugh, run, jump, and move. There is lots of movement. It may feel chaotic compared to what you are used to. However, if you let go, trust in the experience, I promise you will love your photographs.
Let me say it again. If you’ve never had a session with me, you may leave wondering how on Earth any good photos were captured. The kids never sat still. They were goofy and silly and running around, and maybe there were a few tears because someone tripped. But I promise, you will have beautiful family photos that show off a bit of your own personality.
Ready to book your fun family photos?
You can have your session take place in Seattle, Mercer Island, the Snoqualmie Valley, or anywhere in between. The first step. Grabbing a spot on my calendar.
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“Neyssa has captured our family so beautifully in every photo session we’ve done with her! We’ve had sessions where the weather and kids didn’t want to cooperate with us, but it didn’t matter because Neyssa’s talent combined with her patience and positive attitude allowed her to work with and around those things, and still produce wonderful photos! She knows how to make love and joy shine through in her photos, and we’re so thankful to have such lovely moments to hold on to forever.” — Jessica S.