I always encourage families to play together, and to come up with something fun to do with one another during our portrait sessions. Actions create reactions and your portraits will be so much more authentic if they are not posed. Some fun ideas could be a paint fight, a picnic, potato sack racing, snowball fight, roasting marshmallows over a fire, anything you think that you and your family will enjoy. Of course, we can do classic portraits as well but an adventure is SO MUCH MORE FUN!
For this session, my client provided the powder paint and had her family dress in white tee-shirts. It was really one of the most fun family shoots I've ever had the privilege of photographing!
I always make sure to capture a few pictures of mommy & daddy alone during our family portrait sessions too!
When kids are playing, they're having fun. I encourage you to think outside of the box with your family portraits. Think of an adventure we can all take together. Think of the fun we can have and the memories we can make together.
Our Mommy & Me sessions can be outdoors, or in the comfort of your home. This milk bath session was photographed in my clients rental home - absolutely beautiful light and an even more gorgeous mama and baby1
Our backyard makes for a lovely spot for portraits during the winter months. A cozy fire pit, twinkling lights and piles of logs lead a rustic atmosphere to your photos. This mama schedule a mommy & me nursing session around the campfire, but I love this portrait of her and her little man against our backyard fence.
I love lifestyle sessions, because little ones are already more comfortable from the get-go (they have the upper hand, after all - this is THEIR domain!). Don't worry about your house being "magazine ready" - keep it real, keep it authentic.
Surrounded by their own things and in their own home, children start to forget about the crazy lady with the camera in front of their faces and just relax, and then the magic happens!
In this portrait, mommy and her little girl were playing with a stuffed bunny that mama used to play with when she was just about the same age. I melted.
This mama took advantage of the beautiful light in her master bath and scheduled a milk bath breast-feeding session with her newborn baby boy. He was so relaxed that he was snoring louder than my husband does - it was SO cute!!
I love older nursers! They are so much more interactive with mama, and it can make for some really beautiful portraits.
I'll rarely ask you to look at the camera, instead I will encourage you to play with your child, tickle them, snuggle them, dance with them and love on them.
These are the moments that matter.
This was another session in my clients' home. She wanted to capture portraits of herself and her two beautiful daughters. This wound up being one of my favourite images from the session, and one of my favourite breast-feeding images to date.
Beautiful big sis smooching on her mama as her baby sis nursed away <3 Nothing could be more sweet!
Enjoying a tea-party always makes for some great portraits.
Think of other things your kids could do during their portrait sessions. Perhaps they could play tag, hide and seek, colour pictures on their bedroom floor, snuggle up with their favourite blanket, or paint a picture. Create memories with them and I'll capture them forever.
During every family session I will also capture an individual portrait of each person, you're all individuals after all not just one unit, that's what makes families so interesting and wonderful!
From time to time, I will offer limited edition themed portrait sessions. This was from our spring sessions one year a "Let's Go Fly A Kite" theme.
During our Portrait/Professional Portraiture Sessions, we will work together with you to create concepts that best advertise you and your brand or business. We can take traditional portraits in front of a backdrop, more candid life-style type images, or a combination of the two. Our Portrait and Professional Portraiture Experiences can be photographed in studio against a backdrop, in your home, office or workspace, or outdoors amongst the nature in beautiful Fort McMurray. As we never schedule more than one session a day you are never rushed out, and we can really take our time getting to know one another, and working to create images that will give your potential clients a fantastic first impression!
This was a collaborative session between Emily Gale Photography and Fox and Bird Photography, though Emily is the genius who put most of it together, I just had a concept and a dress.
We have a lot of people to thank for pitching in to make this session fantastic!!