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WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE FAMILY SESSION LIKE | ONEONTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE FAMILY SESSION LIKE | ONEONTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Lifestyle photographers use light and guided poses to enhance family connection.

I am a lifestyle photographer. I use light to enhance emotion, connection and love by guiding your family into connected poses where natural movements can unfold organically. Lifestyle fits somewhere in between documentary photography (no directing or posing) and studio photography. Many people may view lifestyle images and think they are candid moments, but I assure you they have been carefully orchastrated. I will artistically guide you into good light and a connected pose, then ask you to whisper in each others ears, tell each other a story, or even see who can laugh the hardest. Then I will sit back and watch. Watch for connections and so much love that is present everyday. You will spend quality time laughing, and lvoing hard on one another, and I promise it will be fun.

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Oneonta family pohotographer, family laughing together
Photographer Oneonta NY, sweet sibling moment
Oneonta family pohotographer, family laughing

There will be lots of movement

Kids naturally love to explore their surroundings. During a lifestyle family session that is exactly what they’ll be able to do! After we’ve gotten some family interaction shots, there will be time for kids to run, pick flowers, and play together. This movement not only photographs beautifully, but it also gives them a break from guided posed images and keeps them engaged and having fun. It also is a chance for mom and dad to get some images alone, which is so important, and takes the attention off the kiddos for a bit!

Photographer Oneonta NY, kids exploring outside
Oneonta family pohotographer, children holding hands
Photographer Oneonta NY, Mom and dad laughing

There will be lots of laughs and love.

Spending genuine family time together and capturing your family as it is right now, is what a lifestyle family session with me is all about.. You will laugh and love hard. I will capture the beautiful chaos as well as the more tender moments. It is my hope that you leave your session saying, “we had so much fun!” I get that families are busy, so a session with me is time to slow down and spend time laughing, playing, and being surrounded with the ones you love.

Oneonta family pohotographer, family spending time together
Family Photographer Oneonta NY, mom and daughter hugging
Oneonta family pohotographer, family time together

I hope you have a better understanding of what Lifestyle Photography is and what a session with me is like. I would love to capture you and your family, just as you are right now, all the chaos and all the love. If you have any more questions please let me know!

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WHY I RECOMMEND SUNSET SESSIONS | ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHY I RECOMMEND SUNSET SESSIONS | ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

There are so many beautiful locations in the Rochester area that the options are endless for your family session!  We are so close to beautiful fields, beaches, and special parks. No matter where you choose to have your location though (and I have a handful of favorites to help you decide;) your family session with me is scheduled around sunset.   

The lighting is truly illuminating to photograph your beautiful family in then, and the sun surely doesn't disappoint when it makes its appearance!  It is definitely worth staying up a little past kiddos bedtime to spend time together under the setting sun.  And honestly kids feel excited for their session because they get to stay up past their normal bedtime, and I make your time together fun and enjoyable that cranky kiddos are hard to come by.  You could always put them down for a later nap or some quiet time before the session if you are still concerned, and making sure their tummies are full is always a good idea!  If you need more session prep, you can check out this article I wrote Preparing For Your Family Session .

I met up with this family at Highland Park on a gorgeous, sunny, warm Spring evening.  The whole city seemed to be out and about walking and enjoying the first nice evening after such a long winter,  but we were able to escape and have parts of the park all to ourselves!  The tulips were blooming, trees blossoming, sun shining, and most importantly, the family was full of love for one another.  It was truly an honor photographing them and witnessing their connection and time together.  

Make sure to read until the end to see my special blog circle feature!  

Rochester Family Photographer, Mama snuggling her girls
Rochester NY Family Photographer, Sweet mama snuggles
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family laughing in beautiful light
Family Photographer Rochester NY, girl with flower and family
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl holding tight to mamas arm
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl giving mama flowers
Family Photographer Rochester NY, Mama snuggling her two beautiful girls
Family Photographer Rochester NY, family time at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, beautiful family together swinging at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mama kissing little girl
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family walking in setting sun at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family playing together at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family time together snuggling and walking
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mom and dad laughing and snuggling
Rochester NY Family Photographer, sisters holding hands running together
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl braids and flowers
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mom twirling with daughter
Family Photographer Rochester NY, Mom and her girls and whole family together snuggling
Family Photographer Rochester, Family playing together under the setting sun

Im so excited to share the beautiful work of Olga Levien, Auckland wedding Photographer!  Her award winning Wedding photography is absolutely stunning, I hope you will check her out!

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WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE MATERNITY PHOTOS | ROCHESTER MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE MATERNITY PHOTOS | ROCHESTER MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Woman are truly goddesses and growing and caring a new life is one of life's greatest miracles.  It doesn't matter if this is your first baby or fourth, I promise it is worth documenting.  I'm sharing my top reasons why you should document this beautiful time, as well as a recent maternity session below!  And you won't to miss this month's blog feature at the end either!

Maternity Photographer, Rochester NY, Glowing expecting mama

EASY TO FORGET

Nine months seem so long while you are in them, especially with all the aches and pains, but as soon as that little babe is born and snuggled into your loving arms, it is easy to forget what it felt like to be pregnant.  The little flutters and kicks fade, and you can hardly believe you couldn't tie your shoe just a short time before.  It's hard getting your own photos during pregnancy, (other than the quick i-phone snap;) these photos will give you lasting memories of this special time in your life.

Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, Mom and Dad to be laughing  together while daughter plays in the field behind

MEMORIES FOR EVERYONE

Not only will you be able to look at these images and feel what it was like to be pregnant, but your children will too. Your baby will someday want to see what you looked like pregnant with them, and you will have these images to show them how much they were already loved and how glowing and excited you were to meet them! 

Rochester NY Maternity Photographer, couple in love

SOAK UP THIS TIME

If this is your first baby, then it is the perfect time to spend some quality time with your partner before your family grows and your days are filled with beautiful chaos and wakeful nights.  If there are older siblings, then it is a chance to spend quality one-on-one time with them before they are competing for your attention;) 

Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, family pictures before they are a family of four
Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, Mom playing and loving her little girl
Rochester NY Maternity Photographer, happy big sister
Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, little girl dancing with her mom in a Spring field

PAMPER YOURSELF

As moms it is so easy to put others first, getting the baby all the new clothes, or siblings presents so they don't feel left out either.  A maternity session will give you a chance to get a new, comfortable dress to feel beautiful in!  You can even get your hair done and feel like the goddess you truly are.

Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, beautiful expecting mama
Rochester NY Maternity Photographer, glowing mom in Spring field smiling at her family

YOU WON'T REGRET IT

Time passes so quickly, even more so once you have little ones.  Maybe you've been too busy to schedule a session and are 2 weeks away from your due date.  Don't worry, it's still not too late to capture your glowing beauty, even if you feel like the size of a watermelon.   But it will be too late once baby is here.  You won't get this time back, so soak it up while you can, and capture it so you can always remember how strong, how beautiful and how precious this time in motherhood will always be. 

Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, happy family of three hugging

I have a special place in my heart for mamas to be and would be honored to capture this time for you.  I'd love to hear from you if you're expecting or know a mama who could benefit from a maternity session. 

This month I have the honor of featuring Dana DiSalvo, a Tampa Beach Photographer and a gorgeous beach session you won't want to miss!

Warmly,

Hali

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SPRING MOTHERHOOD MINIS | ROCHESTER FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

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SPRING MOTHERHOOD MINIS | ROCHESTER FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

MOTHERHOOD.  It's raw. HARD. A constant pull.  But most of all, its so darn BEAUTIFUL.

Thats why I am excited to be offering a day of minis for all you Mamas.  A time for you to enjoy your little ones. To laugh. To play. To LOVE hard.

I don't offer many mini sessions because honestly, I am an over shooter.  I want to capture your whole families story. I don't want to limit how much i shoot.  I deliver large galleries because you should have all of the images that tell your story.  But, at the same time I understand life is busy.  Sometimes all you want is a few updated images of you and your babies so that they will remember that you were there too. You don't want to worry about a full session and your kids behaving for the whole time (although I promise you that your time with me will be fun and am not worried about cranky kids!). You want something quick but memorable.

Rochester Family Photographer Mama embracing little girl
Rochester Family Photographer Mama with two girls
Rochester Family Photographer Little boy holding mamas hand walking
Rochester NY Lifestyle Photographer strong mama with girls
Rochester Family Photographer Mama holding sweet baby
Rochester Photographer Mama embracing little girl with love
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Rochester Family Photography little girl smiling in mamas arms
Rochester Family Photographer little girl laughing with mom

If this is you, than please join me, May 5th for a 20 minute session| $175 | 10 Edited images| (location still to be detrained because, well snow!) There will be limited sessions because I am a mama too. 

And because I believe in these sessions full heartedly, I am giving away one session!  If you haven't already entered on my FB page and are here on the blog, simply comment on this blog post below that you would love to have one of these sessions AND make sure you like Sweetliv Photography on Facebook here !

I hope you will join me <3

Warmly,

Hali

P.S Oneonta friends, I will offer a date for these sometime this summer, so make sure you are signed up for my newsletter for the latest news:)

 

 

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ONEONTA NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | FINE ART SCHOOL PORTRAITS

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ONEONTA NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | FINE ART SCHOOL PORTRAITS

SCHOOL PHOTOS

These days, almost every child attending some sort of school is experiencing school photo day!  Everyone knows the "smile and say cheese!" that has become accustom to school photo day.  However, those images are boring, forced and don't portray a child's true personality at all!  School photos can be so much more than that! 

Oneonta NY Family Photographer smiling girl for school photos

FINE ART PORTRAITS

With Fine Art Portraits I genuinely capture a child's personality however they are feeling that day.  Maybe it's shy and reserved or happy and silly.  In no more time than photo day normally takes, I engage closely with each child so their experience is FUN and they feel relaxed and comfortable, which in turn allows them to be themselves.  Isn't that how we all want to remember them?!  Full of life, laughter and self-confidence.

Oneonta NY Family Photography Smiling handsome boy
Oneonta NY school photographer confident beaming girl

PERSONAL SERIVCE

I only take on a limited amount of schools to ensure superior service and artistic images.  I offer all the services that a larger corporate company does, yet my experience is more personable and communication with school and parents is streamlined. I use soft natural light and a black backdrop to focus on the child and make classic art. Each child will receive at least 2 images (but likely more depending on how open they are with me) in a personal online gallery where parents clearly see proofs and chose the photos they want printed, as opposed to having a pose chosen for them.  Boutique products are also available in the gallery.  Schools receive a portion of profits, so it is a wonderful fundraiser for the schools as well!

Oneonta NY Fine Art School Portraits

NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS

Siblings are welcome to come too!  It's a great opportunity to get images of them together and is so much fun.

Oneonta NY school photographer siblings laughing together

I am passionate about Fine Art Portraits and giving families everything I want for my own family when it comes to pictures; beautiful, emotive, honest images that I am proud to display in my home. You can check out further frequently asked questions about school photos, as well as see my full school portfolio here.   If you would like genuine, artistic, and timeless images like these of your child, please contact me to get into your child's school.

Warmly,

Hali

 

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