Personal Family Lifestyle Portraits


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, quiet moments in their space and sweet little giggles echoing through their walls.

Our hope with this session, and all of our family sessions, is that we capture all the senses. That they can look back on these images someday and remember how they felt. Remember how their house smelled. Remember how the giggles sounded. We want their favorite day-to-day traditions and spaces to be documented for them to look back on someday.”

Nate and Amanda’s Photography Tip:

We primarily focus on telling stories of families’ real life and love and try to include day-to-day traditions and favorite places. We don’t ever pose our families because we want to capture the emotion, movement, and messiness of real life. To achieve this, we try really hard to get to know our families before we shoot with them.

We want to learn about the nitty gritty of who they are and what matters most to them because 20 years from now, they are going to care a lot less about having pretty pictures of themselves sitting in a perfect formation at the park. They are going to care a lot more about having memories captured at their favorite place to spend time together.

They are going to care about bare feet running across kitchen floors while making chocolate chip cookies and eating sugar straight out of the bag. They are going to care about snuggling in bed with messy hair. They are going to care about their child’s favorite, ratty t-shirt. They are going to care about laughter, tears, and capturing how they felt at this stage of their life.


Nate and Amanda used a Canon 5d MKII with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens to capture these images.

Nate and Amanda Howard travel nationwide as Wedding and Family Portrait photographers.

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Leaving clients with life-long keepsakes is a wonderful thing, and one of the best ways to do that is with prints and albums. If you’re not super familiar with creating your own albums, don’t worry – there’s plenty of info out there to get you started.



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