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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 for fall, 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;)

Family Photographer Oneonta NY
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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Upstate NY photographer, girl exploring dandolions

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 fall! 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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Rochester NY Family Photographer, family playing together at Highland Park
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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!

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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.

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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! 

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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;) 

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Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, Mom playing and loving her little girl
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Rochester Family Photographer Mama with two girls
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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.

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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!

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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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