When we think of family portraits, we often imagine everyone sitting stiffly in a studio with forced smiles. But that's not how it has to be. My recent outdoor family session with Aaron and his mom and grandma was the complete opposite. We laughed, played and captured moments of pure love and joy.
I first met Aaron when he was just a baby at my Easter Mini sessions, and now he's a three-year-old boy with boundless energy. His mom, Alex, warned me that he was active, and she wasn't wrong. But that's what makes outdoor sessions perfect for kids like Aaron – they have space to run and explore, and we can capture natural, candid moments of their playful personalities.
For this session, Aaron's dad was away on business, but that didn't stop us from having a great time. Aaron, Alex, and grandma bonded over playing games, running around, and tickle fights. It's always a joy to see the bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and I made sure to capture some special moments of just grandma and Aaron together.
One of the biggest challenges for parents during photo sessions is getting their kids to smile or laugh. But my best tip for parents is to just relax and enjoy the moment. Kids live in the present and feel loved by the ones closest to them. When parents are fully present and engaged with their children, the smiles and laughter come naturally.
During our session, I saw how close Aaron is to his mom. He's an energetic little boy, but he was always close by, holding her hand, and giving her sweet hugs. And those moments are the ones we captured – pure, natural, and full of love.
As a photographer, my goal is not just to take pretty pictures but to capture moments that families can look back on and cherish for years to come. And for this outdoor family session, we achieved just that. We captured Aaron's playful personality, the bond between generations, and moments of pure love and joy.
So, parents, my advice to you is to relax, play with your little ones, and enjoy the moment. The best photos come from natural, candid moments when you're fully present with your children. And those are the moments that you'll treasure for a lifetime.
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