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Stress-free family photography sessions. It’s a thing!

Stress-free family photography sessions. It’s a thing!

Stress-free family photography sessions. It’s a thing!

Two happy kids running around their parents in the backyard | stress-free family photography sessions

FUN, RELAXED FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

Can you imagine a family photography session that is not a stressful experience?

One where your husband won’t groan the entire time, the kids will be laughing and thoroughly enjoying the process and you get to sit back and soak up quality family time in your own space (and have photos made that you will cherish forever). I would never steer you wrong, my sweet friend. This does exist!!

Photo of family playing in front of their Ottawa home | stress-free family photography sessions

Life is too short to be forced to wear matching white t-shirts and jeans

Whenever asked for wardrobe advice before a session, I urge my clients to stay away from the shops and look through their closet first.

You never need to dress up for a storytelling session, but if you want to go the extra step, select what love to wear or something that you would put on if you were going out for a special get-together with friends. Likely it is something incredibly comfortable, classic and the second you put it on, you feel amazing. (Which is the biggest secret to looking amazing in your photos!)

Mom, Dad and baby along the shores of Calabogie Lake | stress-free family photography sessions

Keep it simple with the rest of the family’s ensemble—the key is to not make a big deal over the clothes.

When you look back on the photos in a decade from now, you don’t want to see the latest fashions or be reminded how much your son complained about that new sweater you bought for the photo shoot—you want to see how much everyone enjoyed their time together.

Home is a magical place for your photo shoot

The search for a ‘perfect location’ for photos ends now. In my opinion, your home and backyard is an awesome backdrop for your session.

Mom, Dad and two young boys playing with cars on their living room floor | stress-free family photography sessions

Think about it: the little Lego pieces and matchbox cars everywhere right now will be gone one day. (It doesn’t seem that long ago when toys were once strewn from one end of my living room to the other!)

It may seem like a ‘mess’ now, but take my word for it—these are the scenes you will want to remember in 10, 25, or 50 years from now. Your home is the heartbeat of your family and usually where everyone is happiest and most likely to relax and be themselves.

Why would you want to be anywhere else?

If you’re still thinking that a session in your house doesn’t sound very stress-free, let me put your mind at ease… I don’t care if your house is full of dust bunnies. Not for one second.

All homes (especially with kids) have ‘stuff’ everywhere and it happens to be a fleeting part of your life.  You may feel the urge to tidy as if you were preparing for a friend to come over to visit (again, that’s entirely up to you) but that’s it.

I won’t be photographing anything but you and your family together

Calabogie family of grown children prepares a pizza feast | stress-free family photography sessions

For parents of adult children, an in-home session can’t be beat. Very few things can compare to the feeling of having your children back under one roof and involved in preparing and sharing a meal together. You’re going to have to make food for everyone anyway, so why not incorporate your culinary talents and #teamwork into the session?

Playing, laughing and not looking at the camera is highly encouraged

Focus on fun and spending special time together. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

stress-free family photography sessions are awesome!

When you let go of expectations and let the session unfold naturally, you end up with the best pictures of the day. Do your thing—love on your babies, give your main squeeze a big, well, squeeze.

Mom and dad are photographed on Burnstown beach with their newborn daughter and two pre-schoolers | stress-free family photography sessions

If you can, try to forget there’s someone there with the camera.

AWESOME FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS

Ready to have your family photographed without all of the fuss?

If you live in Renfrew, Arnprior, Ottawa or surrounding areas and are interested in learning more about booking your very own stress-free family photography session, let’s connect.

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