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Family Lifestyle Photos: $99 Fall Special!

"Timmy, look at the camera. Look at the camera, Timmy. TIMMY, LOOK AT THE CAMERA! SMILE TIMMY! WHY AREN'T YOU SMILING!"

* Throws camera into lake *

We've all been there. I have two boys. I know. Getting that perfect image of your kids is nearly impossible and it's because we're trying too hard to capture this innocent and sweet face to plaster on every Christmas card. Except, when was the last time your child just sat and stared sweetly at you, without moving, with a perfect smile? It doesn't happen. So I decided early on that I wouldn't try to make it happen.

Our philosophy on family photography is different. We move with you guys. We pick a place that kids would like to go and we work around your family as you laugh and play. Will you have that picture where everyone is in a matching holiday sweater looking into the camera? No. Will you have authentic images with giggles and smiles and emotion? Absolutely. Isn't that what you really want, anyways?

So here's what to expect:

  • Once we pick a spot (it will be local to Tolland and outdoors), you show up for your 30-minute  session.
  • We find something for the kids to do and chat for a minute
  • Once the kids are engaged with something/playing we start shooting
  • Parents move in to hang and play with the kids and we get images of that, too
  • We high-five, or hug, or shake hands and part ways.
  • I edit your images.
  • You have your images (25+) sent to you via PASS (pinterest-like gallery) for you to download, share, print, etc.

That's it. These are fun sessions. Feel free to dress in your best autumn outfits, but don't stress over it on your way to the shoot...remember these are supposed to be fun! I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with y'all!

- Nate



Special Update: Family Lifestyle Photography

I took a break from photographing families for a while. I felt this pressure to compete with the images that cheap studios put out because people always seemed to want a photo of their kid smiling perfectly with their hands folded on their lap. I knew it wasn't for me. Trying to get that "perfect moment" with six kids screaming and jumping in the dirt just wasn't happening and more importantly, I didn't feel like it expressed my artistic sense. 

Fast forward to this Summer. I've been blessed with the chance to go all in to the business while staying home with my boys. I usually leave my big camera at home because it just feels clunky when I'm frantically trying to grab Sam before he launches into the sea, but on my last outing with the boys, I brought it along and something clicked.

I enjoy photographing families in their natural environment. No posing. No direction. Just follow and shoot. Just get the life in motion. No need to inhibit the natural energy and joy of children. I've done this a few times in the past and the results are get to see a family in the flurry of life and the beauty of the mess. It's perfect, really. 

So that's my way of saying the books are open for family shoots, if you're interested. I'm not going to pose your kids. We'll find a park or swimmin' hole. We can climb on some rock walls or play in a classic car...whatever you want. Let's go have fun and show the world your real family portrait.