This is one of my very favorite family photos. My good friend and fellow photographer Halsey took us to Sauvie Island about four summers ago for our 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 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. Ever since then, I make sure to always schedule our yearly photos during the summer. For our family, that is the BEST time to take family photos!
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 leaves 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. That’s going to be the best time to take family photos if those are concerns you have!
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!