Family Time

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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 showed the beauty of having a new life added to a family.

Rachel’s Photography Tip:

We started this session in the master bedroom for the first setting. It was fun to watch the father and son interact as they held little sister, and I was able to capture that candid moment where the father was helping his son hold the baby.

We also used the nursery as one of our settings since the mother really wanted to remember that space as it was. Their dog wanted to hang out with us and was being cooperative so it was a nice touch to have her in the scene as well.

In order to get my young kids to sit in their parent’s lap I will often have the parent play with their child to distract them from the fact that they are being made to hold still.

I will have them toss the little one into the air and as soon as the child lands I tell the parent to look at me and smile. Sometimes I will just take the shot of the parent laughing as they interact with their child since that is genuine.

As this particular session wore on, the older son started to get a little energetic and started bouncing all over the place, which started to stress the parents out.

If and when that happens, I have everyone take a break or let them have a break and play while I photograph someone else. I always say “the two-year-old is in charge!”

If you’re mindful of the attitudes (and attention spans!) of all the members of the family and do your best to cater to each one in turn, you’ll be more likely to have a stress-free and fun session, giving you natural and authentic images.

Father with his Children
Brother and Sister

Rachel used a Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 2.8 70-200mm lens and a Nikkor 85mm 1.8 lens to capture these images.

Rachel Paulus is a West Central Wisconsin On-Location Portrait photographer.

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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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