How to keep children authentic during family sessions

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Cadence Feeley. Cadence says: “Jaymie and her family live in upcountry Maui, so they decided to do their session near home. Spending time with Jaymie, Mike, and Wesley was a dream — we played disc golf at the Poli Poli course, […]

How To Stand Out In Your Market

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Rya Duncklee. Rya says: “This session was captured for a client for Mother’s Day. I wanted to convey the special bond between mother and child, so we let Dad sit this one out. I used a combination of photo and video […]

How Customer Service and Referrals are Related

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from El Hogan. El says: “This is a family session I shot in January with a lovely family in Currumbin Valley. The mum spent a lot of time thinking about exactly what she wanted and why, and it really suited my work. […]

Tips for Urban Family Portraits

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Edyta Grazman. Edyta says: “This session was scheduled around the younger child’s 1st birthday, though I had previously photographed him when he was a newborn and when he was six months old. I love returning clients! There are so many benefits […]

4 Things To Tell Parents Before a Family Session

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Madeleine Jonsson Licht. Madeleine says: “This session was shot at sunset at Seal Beach in southern California. The location is very near and dear to the clients’ hearts as they live nearby and visit several times a week.” Madeleine’s Photography Tip: […]

Get In Front of the Camera – Not Just Behind It

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Alan Moyle. Alan says: “Lee is a local photographer and our daughters are friends so we connected that way. Like many photographers Lee was great at shooting other families but her own family had been neglected, especially when it came to […]

How To Approach Documentary Family Portraits

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Kirsten Lewis. Kirsten says: “Kari contacted me about doing a Day in the Life session with her girls in Maine this past winter and I couldn’t have been more excited. For one, Kari is a photographer herself and I really admire […]

Spotlight Lighting Effect

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Michael Tigchelaar. Michael says: “This family hired us to do a shoot on what ended up being a very cold December day. We had access to an industrial complex in our area, but were limited in terms of the variety of […]

Things to Remember when Location Scouting

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Susan Suard. Susan says: “This session took place a couple of hours away from Santa Rosa, CA where I am based. I had never seen the two locations we would be using before, but I had some photographs from my client […]

2014 Best Tips on Working With Children

Children’s photography can be a really fun time – they’re adorable, and energetic. But getting them to cooperate for you can present a challenge that you don’t get when photographing other age groups. Working with children can be a good experience for everyone involved with these tips. In this article we’ve compiled our best tips […]

2014 Tips for In-Home Sessions

Lifestyle sessions are a lot of fun, but can seem a bit daunting if you’re just starting to get into them – especially if the client has asked you to do them in their home. We’ve had some very experienced lifestyle photographers contribute some of their best tips on how to handle that situation, as […]

Games to Play to Engage Children

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Angela Nelson. Angela says: “This photo session was great because I was able to get a lot of candids of the family enjoying Maui. I am always very conscious of the ocean and the amazing energy it brings to my photo […]

Working with Little Ones

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Katy Tuttle. Katy says: “This session was a family session featuring their newest addition.” Katy’s Photography Tip: For this session I focussed on getting that feeling of the unique time when there is something new in the house. I did this […]

Personal Family Lifestyle Portraits

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Nate and Amanda Howard. Nate and Amanda say: “The shoot took place in the families home in Chicago. It is filled with their traditions and what home means to them. And for them, that’s snuggling and playing in their bed, sharing lunch together, […]

Proper Lens Selection for Storytelling

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Jean Smith. Jean says: “They are just those types of people, you know? The type who show up with awesome clothing, awesome props, and are willing to do whatever you tell them. We shot this at their lake, in their favorite […]

Working with Pets During Family Sessions

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Hannah Hudson. Hannah says: “Sarah and Pat’s session was right before Pat was deployed overseas for a year. I wanted to document their family – two legged and four legged – playing in Lake Superior before he left. I mostly focus […]

How to Have a Laid-back Family Session

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Deanna McCasland. Deanna says: “This family was such a great crew to work with! They drove to our little mountain town for a weekend getaway and some family photos on our property. Casey, the mother, is a fantastic photographer whom I met […]

How to Create Real Moments During a Family Session

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Heidi Haden. Heidi says: “This session was a mother’s day gift from her husband. Every year this family spends time at Cannon Beach and this year they wanted to document it in photos! It’s a fun beach session with a beautiful, […]

How to Efficiently Plan a Lifestyle Family Session

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Maegan Hall. Maegan says: “This session involved a lovely day of mom baking cookies with her daughters.” Maegan’s Photography Tip: When I plan a lifestyle session, I interview the clients on their actual lifestyle. I ask them what memories they want […]

Editing Consistency: Is It Always Necessary?

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Amber Jones. Amber says: “This was a personal session for me, as the subjects are my sister and niece. My goal was to capture the close bond between the two of them. I took them out to an overgrown area that, […]

Working with Mixed Ages During a Session

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Rachel Paulus. Rachel says: “This is a newborn/family session done on-location at my client’s home. There is something so magical about a new child being born into a family and I really wanted to capture this time in a way that […]

How to Properly Use a Reflector in the Shade

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Amanda Coleman. Amanda says: “This family made me fall in love with photographing families with adult children. There is a special quality of love and laughter that is unique to adult families and it was especially true of the Gordons. They […]

How to Personalize a Family Lifestyle Session

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Lisa Novakowski. Lisa says: “This lovely couple have an active toddler, and those precious toddlers grow into big kids so fast! The mother Nicole loved the idea of my “A Day in the Life” documentary-styled sessions, and wanted their session to […]

Capturing Genuine Moments Between Parents and Newborn

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Michael Kormos. Michael says: “We have a lifestyle approach to newborn photography. Although we still take the time and effort to capture a few posed portraits, we spend most of our session capturing genuine moments between parents and their brand-new bundle […]

How to Prep a Family for a Lifestyle Session

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Emily Lapish. Emily says: “True lifestyle photography is what moves my heart – real families being real with each other. My business tagline is “Life is beautiful. Life is art,” and I believe that with all that I am. I was […]

Hipster Baby Family Portraits by Ryan MacDonald

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Ryan MacDonald. Ryan says: “Amanda and Ami were wedding clients. They now have two active and curious little boys keeping them busy in Victoria, BC. Amanda is a photographer and wanted images to remember life at this moment, even if it’s […]

Authentic Family Portraits by Amy Kolodziej

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Amy Kolodziej. Amy says: “This session was a natural light lifestyle session to celebrate the 6 month milestone of my littlest client featured in the images. I spent an hour in their home playing and laughing and documenting the joy that […]

Rustic Family Portraits by Ryan MacDonald

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Ryan MacDonald. Ryan says: “The MacGillivray/MacDonald family session took place in Point Aconi, Cape Breton Island. The storm clouds were rolling in as the session started, so I knew we had a limited amount of time before the rain would start. Luckily, […]

Fun Family Portraits by Ana Pascos

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Ana Pascos. Ana says: “This was a truly incredible session! Originally intended to be a maternity-slash-family session, it turned out to be a super fun, tickle fest of curiosity. Like all young children, these munchkins were much more interested in playing with […]

Modern Family Portraits by Sally Ann Field

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Sally Ann Field. Sally Ann says: “Three sisters wanted to give the gift of family photographs to their parents.” Sally Ann’s Photography Tip: Know your location inside and out. When first discussing this session with my friend/client Elizabeth, she mentioned a […]