Photography is about reaching out and catching the tiny moments that pass between people; an emotive millisecond in time that might be missed or forgotten otherwise. This is why I love family portraits. I get to capture a little girl's huge smile as she embraces her dad; a new mom's quiet gratitude as she gazes lovingly into at the newborn in her arms; a soon-to-be dad's calm expression as he places his hands on his wife's pregnant belly. All of these candid images create a beautiful story over time.
Where we photograph your session is entirely up to you and I am more than happy to suggest locations. If you have a newborn or a young baby, it is often nice to do the session in your home where you and your baby can be comfortable. When you little ones get a bit older, it's nice to go to outdoor parks or places that you might normally go with one another so the interactions you have can be as natural as possible.
My favorite time to photograph families is in the evening before the sun goes down. In photography, we refer to this as the "golden hour", and the warm light gives a beautiful glow to the images and surrounding landscape. I know how different nap and bed times are for all kids, so if the evening is not doable, the morning is also a wonderful time of day to take photos. I try to avoid the middle of the day, from about 12-3:30pm, as the sun is typically too bright for getting ideal images.