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Family and Couple Portraits

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Family Portraits with Pets Too !

You and your family are unique and that's why my photography is customized to meet your needs. I enjoy people, pets and our gorgeous landscape, and combine all these elements to capture your special moments. By listening to you, I can understand what location best resonates with you and your family. 

 

Sometimes people are concerned about what they should wear and I'm always happy to brainstorm the possibilities. I also enjoy discussing what you envision and what you're excited about for your family portraits, together with any concerns you may have. 

Sometimes when I'm creating with large family groups, people are concerned about young ones not responding the way they would like. I've found in the 30 years of amazing experiences that those issues do arise. Yet, I've found that by engaging young ones in the process, they generally have a great experience - it's like an adventure to them. If little ones are having a difficult time, I usually will suggest capturing the smaller family groups and then come back to the full group family portrait when the little one has had a chance to regroup. I've also noticed that being in nature has a tendency to allow people to relax and be their beautiful and natural selves. 

And...for me, this creative process is about you and the way in which we can make your beautiful family shine in the best of ways.

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You might ask, what goes into a portrait?  

It's the whole of-the-senses memory which is infused into the image that is the portrait.

I feel it's an opportunity to share with the world who we are and it's also the opportunity to see the beauty of who we are reflected back to us. Portraits are like a landscape and in some ways a tapestry and weaving showing where we've been and where we are at the present time. In many cases, especially with celebrations, it's about capturing a wonderful moment in time which embraces the love, joy, beauty and wonder we feel about those we love. 

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And...we simply cannot forget about our wonderful pets

Our pets – they really are such an integral part of our families. They bring us love and joy and many occasions for laughter.  It seems rather natural to include your pets in your family portraits and even perhaps capture an aspect of their special personalities in a portrait all by themselves. 

How do I feel About Families and Couples I Create with?

Your Family and Couple Portraits - Would you rather have a photo session or a wonderful experience for everyone involved?  I feel one of the most important things to look for in a photographer for your special coming togethers is listening to what is important to you. You obviously look for your photographer to be professional and give you beautiful images and memories which you will treasure for your lifetime. Also, you want to have your images delivered in a timely manner, and as promised. What if you could also have a fun experience you will always remember?

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I love creating with families in nature because everyone seems to
relax and get into a joyful space.
I enjoy brainstorming with my people to determine the perfect location; and one that will provide different venues within the natural area. Sometimes people have a favorite location; and I encourage the collaboration.  If the area selected by my people is not one I’m familiar with, I will scout the location for the best time of day and additional options they may want to include, so their photography experience is the best it can be. As well, I like to engage the whole family in the process, so it’s fun for everyone. When I’m creating photography with large family groups, I always invite the families to capture smaller family groups, significant others, and the kids as well. Sometimes engaging each child in this experience makes them feel special. I’ve had many families and couples say “this is really a fun adventure” and “you made us feel really special.” Yes, to me, you are unique and you deserve to have a personalized and enjoyable experience.

 

During your portrait experience, you may find that you want different photos taken which reflect your family having fun or a different vantage point you may not have thought of. Because of my photographic experience and love of nature; I am able to easily support your spontaneous requests.

 

When I create with couples: 

 

Sometimes they will want to include a hike to their favorite area; and I am always open to discovering new territory, which provides the perfect backdrop for your photographs.   

 

So…for me it’s not a photo session, it’s the whole beautiful experience which you will continue to look back on and enjoy!

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