Family

Coming from a blended family myself, I can appreciate that photographing blended families may be stressful or intimidating. Having a few tactics to help you navigate family dynamics and ensure everyone has fun is important for creating lasting client relationships.

1. Start with a group shot

photographing blended families

No matter the family, I always start with a more posed group shot. Especially when you are dealing with younger kids (or teens!), getting that shot off the hop saves you from a potential melt down getting your way later on.

2. Read the room

Family dynamics are tough. Everyone is entitled to their own feelings around the experience, and getting family photos might not be their first activity of choice. Respecting their feelings and boundaries is important for creating trust and connection. Ultimately if someone doesn’t want to be there smiling you aren’t going to change their mind, but by showing respect for their feelings you might make an otherwise uncomfortable situation an enjoyable memory.

photographing blended families

3. When photographing blended families, focus on the kids individually

Grouping kids is often requested (usually for the sake of sharing images with grandparents) but it can also make kids feel excluded. Spending time chatting with each child individually makes them feel special and builds a rapport that can extend through the whole session. It can also provide you with talking points and bonding opportunities later on in the session.

photographing blended families

4. Gather information ahead of time

Having an intake questionnaire or email conversation before any session is important for you to gather information about the family structure and any potential roadblocks. Prior to photographing a blended family you may want to know what sorts of groupings they want, if anyone is hesitant to be there, or what the kids are interested in. The more you know, the more you can prepare yourself and show compassion.

5. Most importantly, have fun

A blended family session is a family session. The most important part of my family session experience is creating a fun memory for the entire family. I treat every family with equal respect and kindness, in the hopes of creating a relaxing and enjoyable encounter that will leave them feeling good. I bring compassion and understanding to all of my sessions so we can create a comfortable environment to have fun in!

Photographing blended family sessions is always special to me, being from one myself. Bringing two families together is tough for a lot of reasons, but is can also be amazing. If you’d like to book a family session with me, get in touch today!

Photographing Blended Families: 5 Tips for a successful family session

Wilkesport Extended Family Session at Greenhill Gardens

Greenhill Gardens offers so many beautiful options for photos! This Wilkesport extended family session from last summer is no exception. Extended family sessions are always so much fun, especially with so many grand kids to wrangle! This time of year I get a lot of inquiries for gift certificates.

Wilkesport Extended Family Session
Wilkesport Extended Family Session
Wilkesport Extended Family Session
Wilkesport Extended Family Session

Extended family sessions are split between big group shots and some more relaxed shots of the grandkids. I try to work through a list of all of the family groups, and then let the kids play and gravitate toward each other for more lifestyle images too.

Wilkesport Extended Family Session
Wilkesport Extended Family Session
Wilkesport Extended Family Session
Wilkesport Extended Family Session
Wilkesport Extended Family Session

Looking to gift a Family Session, but don’t know where to go?

Get in touch today! I can provide you with a beautiful gift card to present the lucky recipient and we can discuss a few location options. Extended family sessions can be at a location of your choice, or your home if you wish! Getting outdoors somewhere like Greenshill Gardnes means we can explore a bit helps the kids keep busy and comfortable.

Wilkesport Extended Family Session | The perfect gift for Grandma

At Home Session

Adding a new baby to the mix is always an exciting time, especially for a toddler, but this proud big brother did great for their at home session. He was so excited to love on his new baby sister and show me around their cute little play space. I have a soft spot in my heart for dad’s who love on their boys, and this dad was not afraid to give his little man hugs and kisses. That physical affection is so refreshing to see and I’m so thankful it is documented for this family.

At Home Session
At Home Session
At Home Session
At Home Session
At Home Session
At Home Session
At Home Session
At Home Session
At Home Session

Looking for your own at home session? They are great for kids of all ages – not just newborns! Get in touch today if you’re interested in booking a lifestyle session in your home.

At Home Session with the Parry’s

Golden Hour Session

YOU GUYS. I cannot even with the grin, the chunk, the big brown eyes. This golden hour session with Eden and her lovely adults was so much fun. Photographing families who are legitimately happy to be in each other presence is so EASY!

Another easy-breezy session down our quiet country road. Go where the light it best, my friends. You don’ need a hug spectacular garden to get an interesting environment and good variety in your images. TRUST.

Golden Hour Session
Golden Hour Session
Golden Hour Session
Golden Hour Session
Golden Hour Session
Golden Hour Session

If you are interested in your own golden hour session on our country road, get in touch today! Who knows, maybe you can even stay for a drink after 😉

Golden Hour Session with Eden

In Home Family Session

I photograph a lot of people I already know. It’s a small town thing, I guess. But this family had moved to our area from Quebec, and my first time meeting them was when they invited me to do an in home family session with them last summer. They were so laid back, and my favourite part of the experience was knowing they truly valued the lifestyle images just as much as the posed.

They specifically wanted lots of images of them hanging out and doing the things they love like gardening and playing outside. They also included grandparents in the session, which is always a lovely idea!

We spent the morning hanging out, chatting about their editing company and how they came to Chatham-Kent, we played outside, laughed a lot, and I left there with a huge smile on my face. This was one of those sessions where I go home so grateful and excited about what I get to do.

In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session
In Home Family Session

Gorgeous right? I truly hope these images are in family albums for them to look back on for years.

If you are interested in an in home family session like this one, please get in touch! I would love to document all of these little moments for your family.

In Home Family Session | R Family

Sunset Mini Session

I have never seen a baby with a bigger smile than this little dude. Just the happiest, easy going guy! Allison & Wayne came out to our place for a sunset mini session and it may have only been 20 minutes, but I’d say it was a success! I could have photographed that smile for hours!

Can you believe this session was completely shot just on my road? Trust your photographer’s people! Light is EVERYTHING!

Sunset Mini Session
Sunset Mini Session
Sunset Mini Session
Sunset Mini Session
Sunset Mini Session
Sunset Mini Session
Sunset Mini Session
Sunset Mini Session
Sunset Mini Session

I don’t do mini sessions too often, but if you are interested in joining my mailing list, that is where all of my mini’s get announced first! And believe me, they go fast! Sign up here!

Sunset Mini Session | The Viteks

Chatham In Home Newborn

Thinking of scheduling a Chatham in home newborn session but wondering if it is right for you? “I don’t think my toddler will last for a full one hour in home session” is something I hear quite frequently. But the best part of an in-home session? THEY DON’T HAVE TO!

Kids need a break? Go play for a few minutes!

“I need a snack!” Let’s go grab one!

In home sessions offer so much variety, and I love how much personality toddlers will offer up in their own home. Everyone is comfortable and can take as many breaks as necessary and you get the added bonus of some true lifestyle images.

Now, this was not the case for this family. Big sister was a huge help and was having a great time in front of the camera. This cozy Chatham in home newborn session was an absolute delight! Here is a quick glimpse at our morning together.

Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn
Chatham In Home Newborn

If you are interested in a Chatham in home newborn session – get in touch today! These relaxing mornings are the best.

Chatham In Home Newborn | Simpson Family

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