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FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ONEONTA NY | PREPARING FOR YOUR  FAMILY  SESSION

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FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ONEONTA NY | PREPARING FOR YOUR FAMILY SESSION

Hi friends!   It's officially Spring! I can feel the warmth of the sun, the days getting longer, and the eagerness to spend more time outside. Hopefully the weather will match the calendar soon.

With Spring comes the perfect time for capturing your growing family. I look back on photos from the Fall and think how much my children have changed in just a short period of time. If you are wanting to photograph this beautiful time in your family’s story, yet are feeling stressed at adding one more thing to your already full calendars, I am here to help. You may be thinking what are we all going to wear? What if my kiddos don't cooperate? I get it.  I have been there.  You are investing in capturing beautiful memories for your family and you want it to go smoothly.  Here are some tips to help ease your worries and to prepare your family.

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1. First. What to wear. By no means do you all need to match!  You can color coordinate, earthy tones, deep reds and browns, or bright airy colors. But matching is dated and can actually take away from the images when you all look the same.   You can check out my pinterest board for some more ideas here.  You can also lay out what everyone is going to wear on the bed and snap a phone picture.  That way you can see if anything is looking off to you. Avoid shirts with text or big graphics as they are distracting.

2. Next, Trust me.  I am a lifestyle family photographer. As I told a mom recently who was worried about her toddler cooperating, I am not after the perfectly posed image of everyone smiling at the camera.  My job is not to make you look perfect or have your children behave perfectly.  You have probably been wired to look at the camera and tell your kids to say cheese and are worried they won't smile.  But honestly, if you are having photos taken to document this stage in your family's life, everyone looking at the camera is not telling your story. I will get that one money shot, but then will have you enjoy each other.  I will direct you into a connected pose and then guide you into genuine intereactions with your family. You will snuggle, play, give kisses, and tickle your children.  I will show you that your children are perfect just how they are.  I promise to beautifully capture your family's story.

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3. Be honest and tell your kids what will happen.  Tell them you are going to be seeing a friend who is going to take your pictures for a little while.  Tell them that we are going to go to a really fun park or beach, and play. Tell them that your friend will ask them to stand or sit together a few different ways and that it will be pretty quick too;)

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Family Photographer Oneonta NY

4. Another photographer recommended showing them pictures of themselves, and I think it's the perfect idea!  My little girl loves to see photos of herself with us or of just her!  She'll scroll through albums on my phone, or photo books in her hand.  Seeing their own pictures from the past can get them excited for pictures now.

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5. Food and rest ahead of time.   I know, we talked and I told you we need to meet at 6pm to have the best light.  It's dinner time and their nap was over two hours ago.   I get it.  What can help though, is if possible, lay them down for a later nap, or if they don't nap anymore (my girl gave up her naps at 2!), clear  your schedule the day of your photos for some quiet restful time before our shoot.  I suggest making your session day mostly relaxing, not hiking and running a ton of errands. Your session should be your main activity that day.  Feed them an early dinner or big snack to tide them over until after the session so they aren't hungry.  Hungry little ones are never happy!

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6. Let your kiddos be themselves.  I will never force your child to look at me and smile.  I'm ok with serious, true expressions of childhood.  I will also never make a timid child leave the comfort of your arms.  I will capture their shy cuddles, or exploring and being them.

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7. Lastly, show them who I am!  Click on over to my about page, putting a picture to a name will help them.  You can also go to my IG account and show them my kiddos and family, because then they will get to know me and see I am just like you:)

I promise we will have fun!  I can't wait for upcoming sessions this Spring! I hope this has been helpful and eased any worries you may have had, and you are now excited for your family photos too.

Warmly,

Hali

 

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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!  

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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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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.

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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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PERSONAL PROJECT | GETTING IN THE FRAME

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PERSONAL PROJECT | GETTING IN THE FRAME

At the beginning of 2017, I began a personal photography project, "Project 52 Radness" with other amazing woman to get in the frame, alone, with our littles, our husbands, to really show that we were there too. One of my images was even featured on their Dear Photographer Blog! It was perfect timing to make sure I was capturing my growing belly, and  it also became a special time for my daughter and I, as she loved setting up the tripod and clicking the remote.

Then as my second babe arrived in April, it captured our growing family and little moments with him that I never want to forget. As I complied all the images form over the year, although some months getting in the frame happened more than others,  I am so incredibly thankful for them all.  If I hadn't made a commitment to myself, I might have never taken these images and not have these special memories of me and my family.  As a photographer, it is so easy to stay on the other side of the camera, but for our family, for my children, it is so important to me that they have memories of me with them, to show them how much they were loved as children, and how much joy they bring me. 

I hope you enjoy this little collection as much as I do <3

AND stay tuned at the end of the post to see not one, but two special artists from blog circles I'm part of this month!  As part of our blog circle, we link to each other's posts so you can see what they're up to and see some amazing talent being featured!

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Don't forget to check out this month's blog circle artists! First up is, Dacia Banda, a  Family and Newborn Photographer in New London and Preston, CT.  She's sharing a beautiful family with twins that you won't want to miss!

And to see the amazing year Adri de la cruz, founder of the P52 GET IN THE FRAME project, has had, visit her blog "Mama, you deserve to see yourself" <3

 

 

 

 

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ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | TOGETHER IN THE MOUNTAINS

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ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | TOGETHER IN THE MOUNTAINS

There's something so freeing about driving way out into the country, surrounded by hills dipped in rainbow colors.  The endless open space, the gravel roads, the goats and chickens roaming the hills freely.  It was the perfect setting to meet up with this beautiful family and for them to spend time together. No distractions. Just them, loving on each other.  They played and snuggled until sundown. It was perfect.  What's even more special about this family session, is Mama is a lady boss too!  The jackets and dresses her girls are wearing are her own line of boho baby and children clothing!!  Aren't the prints just gorgeous! Definitely check her shop Little Moon Clothing out :) 

Thank you Zynda family for spending the evening with me and letting me capture these memories of your beautiful family!

Much love,

Hali

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