At Home Lifestyle Family Sessions (and why they are the way to go!)

Over the past decade, I have photographed dozens of families. Families with one baby, two toddlers, a new baby and a baby, toddler and a five-year-old and the list goes on!

The key words here are BABY and TODDLER. These two particular age groups mean that you have to be on at every moment, whether it means breastfeeding your new little one or tending to your toddlers request to remove the crust from his/her PB&J (or perhaps defuse their tantrums about having a new little brother or sister, based on their confusion about no longer being the center of attention). These are real-life things that happen all of the time. Amidst the balancing act that you as parents are already juggling, you desperately want to document your growing family in an authentic way! 

For those of you with 1,2,3 small children, I am speaking to you. At-home family sessions are an incredible way to capture those sweet interactions before nap time and have everything you need at your disposal for a comfortable and fun portrait session. I come to you, and you all remain in the comforts of your home. It is a simple recipe for natural, loving, interactive images that are a true reflection of this time in your lives.

The family below (#meetthejains) are FABULOUS clients of mine who got married in 2014. I photographed their SF yacht engagement party and personal engagement session in 2013, their wedding in 2014, their maternity session in 2015 and their first family session in 2016. Early this year, we opted to do their 6th session in their home (access to both the play nook AND the bed/couch at the same time!). We had a blast, and I cannot recommend this approach more confidently. 


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Douroux Family Mini Session // Golden Gate Park at Golden Hour

The Douroux Family and I had a blast with energetic Everett (three) exploring the natural bounty of Golden Gate Park. Our session was only about one hour (golden hour) long, and all of the high resolution images were delivered to them to have and revisit, use for holiday gifts and cards...and of course place these playful, lifestyle family photo's on the refrigerator for years on end. Fall mini sessions are one hour long, and include a private website for clients to choose their favorites and download from. The process is fun, simple and worth a small portion of your time. I have limited days/times available this Fall, and would love to document your growing family.