This is one of my very favorite family photos. My good friend and fellow photographer Halsey took us to Sauvie Island last summer and we finally did our own family photo session! For years, especially before my son was born, I did elaborate setups with a tripod in front of our Christmas tree and then popped those onto our Christmas card. But you know what's not easy with a wriggly little one? GETTING THEM TO LOOK AT A TRIPOD!! And you know what else? Winter is not my favorite season. I know I live in Oregon where it rains 99% of the time, but I am totally and completely a summer person. So last year, when Halsey got us outside in July at a farm, she caught me at my happiest. We weren't worried about rain, there was a beautiful and warm sunset happening, and we traipsed through a dry field with zero mud. Yep. Happy place.
A lot of times I get clients contacting me wanting to schedule their yearly family photo in November because "it's that time of year" or they need a photo for their Christmas card and November is when they get around to it. If you're a winter lover, I say go for it! You're going to be comfortable with cloudy weather and a little rain or mud in your photos, or snuggling up in cozy sweaters in your home for the photos. But if your favorite photos all feature warm, sunlit outdoor scenes with blossoms on the trees and summery dresses, I totally encourage you to think about doing your family photos during summer time! And bonus--if you have kids, often it's way easier to schedule time for family photos during the summer, when school commitments wind way down and winter illnesses are at bay.
Some of my favorite summertime photos:
So are you a summer person or a winter person? What type of photo would make you happiest to see on your walls? What kind of scene or setting do you envision your family photos in? If you're leaning towards summer photos, now is the time to contact me to set up your session! Summer weekends fill up quickly, so plan to get in touch with me 4-6 weeks before you would like to do your session so we can get you on the calendar!
And a (big) mini announcement: I'm opening up a new offering for sessions starting in May: The ANYTIME Mini! My clients are always asking for inexpensive mini sessions to celebrate their children's milestone birthdays, capture a quick maternity session, or try out a mommy and me session! These types of events happen throughout the year, not just during special mini events, so now YOU get to choose when you'd like to do a mini session! Check out pricing and details on The Anytime Mini here.
I loved planning this wintery maternity session with my friend Halsey over the holidays! Since I met her, we've had so many photo session adventures (here and here, for example!), usually with our toddlers in tow. This session though, we left the kiddos with sitters and headed out to McCormick Park in St. Helens for a session full of magical winter light along the river!
Isn't she beautiful?? I can't wait to meet her baby girl this spring!