University Place Family Portraits | Amanda Howse Photography

Family Portraits

April 30, 2022

University Place Family Portraits

The Smith family brought their holiday cheer (and décor) to their University Place Family Portraits this past winter! Their lovely daughter, Jordyn, is a member of the 2022 AHP Model Team, and it was a blast getting to showcase her family for their holiday session. Each family is unique and I just love how that uniqueness comes through in their photos! All that’s missing is a little snow and we would have had a full-blown winter wonderland! 

Christmas Themed Family Portraits | Group Shots For Families | Photographed by the Best Tacoma Family Photographer Amanda Howse Photography

Holiday Themed Photos

The holidays make for such a great time to capture memories, but especially ones with your family! We were able to set these family portraits in and out of the Smith’s home. We used the holiday decor like pillows and green garland for a festive background and of course the gorgeous Christmas tree and snowflake lights on the porch and above the garage. With such adorable decorations, how could we not?? Having your family portraits taken at home can also be a wonderful way to feel connected with your surroundings and be more relaxed if you or someone in your family get anxious about being in front of the camera. As your photographer, I want you to be as comfortable as possible for your photos! It makes such a difference in how they turn out!

Outdoor Winter Family Photos | Fun Family Portrait Ideas at Home | Photographed by the Best Tacoma Family Photographer Amanda Howse Photography

Incorporating Furry Family Members

If the holiday decorations weren’t enough to make you smile, then surely a cute Christmas pup is just the thing! The Smith’s dog, Sherman, was a delight to have in the photos! I love incorporating furry family members into shots whenever possible, and because these were taken in the Smith’s home, it was easy to make sure he was in a safe spot. If you have animals you want to include in your family session, then I cannot wait to help you do it! Proper planning to keep the shoot on track and your pet safe is important but so worth the extra time. After all, no family members should be left out! How cute was this little guy?? Sherman really knows how to pose!

Family Portraits With Furry Family Members | Posing With Pets | Photographed by the Best Tacoma Family Photographer Amanda Howse Photography
Portraits For Sons | Posing Ideas for Boys, Pets and Family Photos | Photographed by the Best Tacoma Family Photographer Amanda Howse Photography
Individual Portraits For Daughters | Cute Poses For Girls with Pets | Photographed by the Best Tacoma Family Photographer Amanda Howse Photography

Posing For Family Shoots

While the main focus of the shoot may be to capture the whole family in one group shot, it is equally as important to get individual shots as well! This allows the shoot to be multifaceted and gives you different looks to choose from for holiday cards, family announcements, or framed portraits. For the Smith’s session, we had Jordyn pose with her brother, some with her mom, and a mix with mom and dad with each other and with each child. Posing each person with another can create fun dynamics in photos. You never know who will make another person laugh right at the best time! Too fun! 

Mother Daughter Holiday Photos | Christmas Tree Family Portraits, Cute Mother Daughter Poses | Photographed by the Best Tacoma Family Photographer Amanda Howse Photography
Holiday Couple Photos | Cute Family Pictures with Mom and Dad, Holiday Pets | Photographed by the Best Tacoma Family Photographer Amanda Howse Photography
Christmas Picture Ideas For Siblings | Sister-Brother Portraits, Holiday Themed Family Pictures, Outdoor Family Photos | Photographed by the Best Tacoma Family Photographer Amanda Howse Photography

Let’s Connect!

If you are ready to capture your own family memories, let’s chat! I would love to help create a family portrait plan that works for you and your loved ones!  I offer a variety of family sessions which you can check out here! 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.

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