While I do love to photograph families, I take a slightly different approach to these sessions than most photographers do. What I’m interested in capturing are the natural interactions between the members of the family, rather than stiff images where everyone is looking straight into the camera with fake smiles plastered onto their faces. I do this by creating an environment of play.
I work with my clients to create a concept for their shoot. I finding that it gives the kids–and grown ups too–something to ‘do’ so that they aren’t so focused on the camera, which results in more natural and relaxed images. The concept can be something very simple such as bringing pails and shovels to the beach so that you can build a sand castle together, or something more elaborate like baking dozens of cupcakes and setting up a little pretend bakery in your kitchen. The goal is to capture where you are in life, right now, and the interests that your children have at the present time so that when you look back at the images you’ll be reminded of this phase in their lives and all of its sweetness.