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Fall is a popular time for family portraits. In New England we get beautiful colors that provide a beautiful, vibrant backdrop. There are a few things you and your family can do to keep the session fun, relaxed and stress free.
- Keep your day stress free.
Once Labor Day hits, peoples’ mindset change. Gone are the long days and unstructured time and in September we get back to our schedules. There is an urge to pack in a lot on the weekends, but the day or your session try to keep your schedule light. If you have an afternoon session but you have been to 2 birthday parties beforehand your kids might be exhausted and overstimulated. For younger kids, keeping their routines is essential. Make sure they take their naps and are well-fed.
2. Feed everyone.
I don’t know about you but if I don’t eat frequently I get hangry. Give your kids an early meal and water before the session. No one is going to enjoy themselves if they are hungry and are waiting to go get dinner as a reward.
3. Dress for the weather.
It is August and the temperatures are still in the 80s but in a blink of an eye the sweaters and jeans will be out. Look up the time of your session and check the temperature. Even if the high of the day is 50 degrees, early in the morning it could be in 30s or low 40s. T-shirts and dresses without tights won’t cut it. If you don’t want to wear coats, wear layers. On cold days I wear thin thermals under my jeans. If you know your child is sensitive to colder temperatures, schedule your session in September before the temperatures start to fluctuate or better yet, opt for an in-home session.
4.Relax and have fun.
Children are going to look to their parents – if you are smiling and having a good time, they will too. When was the last time, everyone in your family was screen free and focused on each other for a full hour? Your kids will eat it up because your full attention is on them. Leave your phone in the car or if the session is at your house put it in a drawer.
For natural smiles, talk with your kids, play games, chase them, tiggle them, and toss them in the air.
5. Give everyone a say.
My most frequently asked question is what should we wear. Personally, I think we spend too much time on it, myself included. The short answer is if you are looking for a more cohesive look dress the hardest person first, then pick out complimentary colors from the outfit. In the fall, maroons, tans, mustard yellow, brown, greys, etc work best. Layers add interest and at all cost AVOID neon.
That said, if everyone has a say, they will be happier. If you have your heart set on a certain dress for your daughter but she hates how it feels on her you are already setting up the session in a negative light. Know your kids. If I buy my daughter a new “fancy” and sparkly dress she’ll be into anything.
In one of my favorite family photographs , the kids are wearing their favorite sock – bright neon. I did a common photographer trick and just converted the image to black and white.
One of the best things about my job as a newborn and family photographer is that I get to meet so many incredible people. This mom learned to sew in her 30s and then started a thriving business selling patterns. Her parents traveled from the UK to help out and I love how we were able to include them in the session. While photographing them all together, the grandmother burst into tears of joy. It was such a beautiful moment.
Beth Ann is a portrait photographer based in Belmont MA just outside of Boston. She is currently booking Boston MA NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY, Boston MA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY,Boston MA BABY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS AND SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS IN THE BOSTON, MA AREA. BE SURE TO CONTACT HER TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR NEWBORN, BABY, FAMILY OR WEDDING.
I’m often asked when the best time is to take newborn photographs. While it is nice capturing the first few weeks of a baby’s life sometimes it just work out for a variety of reasons. Occasionally, I get to meet families a few months later and in this little guy’s case he was a two month baby when I came by for photographs. At this age, babies are more awake, have sustained eye contact and there is a little more to love.
I really love how simple and peaceful everything looks in this newborn session. Another example of a photography session with a two month old newborn can be found here.
Beth Ann is a portrait photographer based in Belmont MA just outside of Boston. She is currently booking Boston MA NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY, Boston MA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY,Boston MA BABY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS and senior portrait session in the Boston, MA area. Please contact Beth Ann to schedule your newborn, baby or family.
Whenever I go into a home for a newborn photography session in Boston, I always ask questions. This is the best way for me to get to know families in the short amount of time I am with them. I’m always inspired by the people, their home and the light but I also want to capture the details of what life is like in these first few weeks. Even if your favorite spot to hang out isn’t in the best light, I do my best to try to document it in some way. When my son was a week old we all had trouble calming him down. My mom figured out this strange way of resting his body on her arm and his head in her hand. Moving forward, we referred to it as the “grandma” hold. There is not one photograph of this memory I have in my mind and I want to document those for other families.
Somewhat related, if you scroll down, you’ll see the dad laying on the couch with the baby. This “pose” in my mind will forever be known as the “TV pose.” In a lot of my sessions, dads say they hang out like this with the newborn. In chatting with one dad I was laughing when I told him how it came up a lot. He told me the remote is usually in the other hand and he hangs out like this while watching tv. It is so obvious to me now but we haven’t had a TV in our living room for years so I completely overlooked the connection.
Beth Ann is a photographer based in Belmont MA just outside of Boston. She is currently booking Boston MA Newborn photography, Boston MA family photography and Boston MA baby photography sessions in the Boston, MA area. Be sure to contact Beth an to schedule your newborn or family photography session.