How to Make Family Photos Fun

As a family photographer in Wilmington and San Diego, capturing authentic and beautiful moments is what makes my heart sing. Trust me, as  a mom myself, I know having professional portraits taken can feel a bit daunting and stressful. Rest assured, capturing beauty in the chaos is what I do best. My goal is to make our session together a genuinely enjoyable and even FUN experience you’ll cherish always!

Over the years, I’ve picked up many tricks to help families feel relaxed and at ease in front of the camera. Following these tips will allow those real, unforced smiles and true personalities and connections to shine through in your pictures!

Get Them Pumped Up Beforehand

Building excitement early gets kids off to a good start. A few weeks out, start hyping up what a blast it will be. Reminisce over old photo albums together, giggling at those tiny faces from past sessions. This sparks their enthusiasm!

Make sure your kids get good night’s sleep and nap the day of the session if they are still taking naps. Well-rested kids with full bellies just before you arrive start us off on the right foot! 

fun toddler photos

The Great Outdoors Does a Body Good

I always recommend an outdoor session for families if the weather cooperates. All that open space gives the little ones plenty of room to roam and play and get their wiggles out. 

Not only that, but natural light and nature  is extremely flattering and beautiful for portraits. The soft golden glows around sunrise and sunset are premium times for capturing that dreamy golden glow. 

Setting a Fun, Relaxed Vibe

As your family photographer, it’s my mission to make sure you all feel 100% comfortable and have an amazing time together! 

I promise to make our session together fun! We will bring the silliness with games, songs, and imagination prompters to capture real, uncontrollable laughter and i also love capturing intimate and quiet moments- your child’s hand entwined in yours, your baby snuggling against your chest. I will lead you and your family into candid interactions in order to capture the love and connection you share as a family. 

Fun photos of family

Breaks Keep Things Fresh

Even with all the energy and excitement, I know those short attention spans all too well! That’s why I build in break times to reset and recharge if needed.. Having a small, healthy, and mess-free snack provides a motivating “reset”. 

Make It a Memorable Experience

More than just smiling for the camera, I want your whole family to have an amazing, meaningful time together! Before your session, we’ll chat about your hopes for the photos and style your family. I essentially have a boutique in my studio with a beautiful curated collection of dresses and wardrobe for babies and children. I even have several shirt options for dads.  There is no need to stress about what you’ll wear! My professional hair and makeup team travels to you the day of the session making it a full pampering experience. The goal is for you to feel relaxed, confident, and totally present.

After our fun-filled shoot, the experience keeps going! We’ll have a design  and ordering appointment where you can relive all those beautiful candid moments. Then comes the truly fun part – choosing how you’ll display these memories around your home through albums, framing, gallery walls and more. My design background ensures these heirloom pieces live beautifully in your home. 

Family photography at beach

Book Your Memorable Session

Located in Wilmington and San Diego, I’m always excited to work with new families in the area – from Topsail Beach to Figure Eight Island to Carlsbad and everywhere in between! My mission is to give you a pampered, meaningful experience from beginning to end. Reach out through my website and let’s start planning our fun family adventure!

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    michelle's photography style is composed of capturing emotion-filled images in soft & neutral tones. her use of natural light with simple, authentic beauty allows your family love and bond to capture the focus.

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