The upcoming holiday season is a great reminder to schedule a family portrait session! It is so important to get these portraits done annually, especially when you have kids. They grow so fast and you want to be sure to document every stage. Some families even do portrait sessions every six months or quarterly, especially when their kids are really young. The first couple of years fly by and they change so quickly. I love documenting every important milestone for my clients.
AHP offers three kinds of family portrait sessions. I am so excited to share a little bit more about each type of session.
Traditional Portrait Session
Traditional portrait sessions can be outside at a special location or in the studio. These sessions typically include posed family portraits. This is a great way to get classic portraits that you can happily look back on for years to come. We also do portraits of your family interacting and playing! I recommend choosing matching outfits for these sessions. You don’t have to wear the same thing, though. Choosing outfits in the same color family looks the best. This gives a cohesive look to your portraits.
Traditional portrait sessions can also just be solo portraits of your kiddos! You will be so grateful you captured them in all of their stages. They grow up so fast and portraits are the best way to remember every age.
Lifestyle portrait sessions are usually more laid-back. I can come hang out with you at your house and capture those everyday life moments! From cooking and eating to relaxing on the couch with your spouse and kids, lifestyle sessions are an amazing way to capture what your day to day life looks like as a family. These portraits end up being more photo-journalistic in nature. They are so fun to look back on and have a candid, carefree feel to them. We can also capture posed portraits during this session.
Mini portrait sessions are fast-paced and typically last 15 to 30 minutes. These sessions are ideal for the holidays! You can do themed outfits and have fun with it. I love finding a cute session space to fit the season. Cozy surroundings and holiday décor can amplify the look of these portraits. They are perfect to use if you make your own holiday cards each year.
I also recommend mini sessions as a quick way to capture a few portraits with the kids. Since these sessions are shorter, kids can usually last through the entire session – but not always! I always warn parents that kids WILL meltdown for no reason at all during portrait sessions. Be sure to come prepared with snacks, treats, and bribes to help them through the session.
Indoor and Outdoor Sessions
I have a studio in downtown Tacoma that is perfect for those rainy days. Studio 253 is filled with natural light and is a versatile space. We can capture portraits inside with simple backgrounds. These portraits are timeless.
Though I love the studio, I prefer to shoot outdoors whenever possible. There is so much to explore in the beautiful PNW. We have awesome locations available for outdoor portrait sessions and I love finding new spots to capture portraits. Tacoma is a great city for urban portraits. There are also local farms and barns for rustic portrait sessions. Depending on the season, we can explore the forest, a local pumpkin patch, gardens, or parks. There are so many fun options in this gorgeous state!
Family Portrait Inspiration
Scroll through this gallery for some family portrait inspiration! These portraits are from some of my favorite family portrait sessions this past year.
I love capturing every family. For those without children, I also do couples photos and anniversary sessions. Gather up your loved ones and schedule a session. You can contact me anytime on my website! You can also email me at [email protected] or call/text 530-412-0730 to schedule your shoot.