YOU (mom) need to mentally prepare…to HAVE FUN! Kids (and dads) may not always cooperate and that is ok – I HAVE YOU COVERED. If you are stressed, the kids will be stressed so just relax and have fun. Going with the flow will ensure that we have a blast and capture those amazing memories. Typically, men don’t enjoy the photo session, but a bad mood can spoil it for everyone. Emphasize how important these memories are to you. Dads are great at playing with the children and that’s what they should be prepared to do. It’s the same fun they always have, but just all dressed up. Once he sees the photos with his real smile and the smile that he can add to those sweet faces, he’s sure to fall in love. Try This: Have him help you come up with some fun ideas for the session or choose the jokes for the kids. The more invested he is in the experience, the better.
#2 CHOOSE A FUN LOCATION
When choosing a location it is important that you choose a place that your family will enjoy. Whether that is an apple orchard, a park or your own backyard, it should be a place that means something to you as a family. Some of my favorite locations for fall sessions are Wagon Hill in Durham, Vernon Family Farm in Newfields and Fort Foster in Kittery. The beach makes for an amazing backdrop in the early fall since the crowds have left and the temperature is still warm but cool enough that you are not sweating in the photos.
#3 DRESS IN LAYERS
Fall in New Hampshire can be very unpredictable. One day it is 75 and warm and the next day there are morning flurries. By dressing in layers, your family can be prepared for any changes in the weather. Add a scarf, vest or jacket that coordinate to add pops of color to your wardrobe choices. View the full What to Wear Guide.
#4 GIVE BREAKS & Ignore the kids (say what?!?!)
We play a LOT during my sessions and kids love it. We will warm up with some games and I promise to get those sweet smiles you are looking for. The key is to IGNORE THE CHILDREN. I know, it sounds crazy but when parents are looking down trying to get little Johnny to smile, they end up ruining the shot. Kids love this rule and when I say it – they tend to LOVE ME and I promise I will get them to look when needed. Have fun and enjoy your kids – even when something unexpected happens…do everything with a smile:).
#5 THINK AHEAD: How can you use these photos for presents?
Fall Portrait Sessions are a great way to get some of your holiday shopping done early. Grandparents LOVE photos of their grandchildren and they make the perfect Christmas Gifts. One great idea is to split up a wall gallery into one to hang in your own home, one for Grandma and one for Nana. Get some ideas for gifts here.
Fall in NH is everyones most favorite time of year to update their Family Photos and if I am being honest. It is my favorite too!!! Not because of the foliage but because of the fun!
Family Photography in NH is special because we have the mountains, the ocean and the most beautiful fields around. Just imagine your kids playing in big piles of leaves or running through a field having a BLAST while I capture the smiles on their faces.
Your family photos should never be something that you dread and you should look back on these photos as treasured memories. I am ALL about fun in my sessions. We play games, use potty words (with permission of course – yes poop and farts get a rise out of EVERYONE – not just the boys LOL) and kids think it is HYSTERICAL when I make mom and dad do silly things.
Let’s CHAT and plan how your family can have just as much fun as this family did!
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There are some days that I just want to get out and “play” with my camera. A few weeks ago, I grabbed my brother to be my assistant so that I could photograph my own children. Usually, this entails a LOT of bribery AND a few meltdowns…but this day was so fun and they did such a great job (minus one wardrobe meltdown). This goes down as the best session that I have ever had with my own kids.
I tried out some new tricks (red light/green light and “tackle your brother”) to help with make these 3 interact and it worked like a charm. They had so much fun playing games, finding flowers and running through the fields that they forgot we were having a photo session.
As a Children’s Photographer in Exeter, NH, I pride myself on making my family sessions a lot of fun. I know how stressful it can be to “get the shot” but I guarantee that if we start off playing, by the end of the session, kids are having so much fun that they don’t want it to end.
Raynes Farm in Exeter, NH is one of my favorite spots in the fall to photograph families. I love the big open fields, walking trails, great foliage AND the big red barn that kids just LOVE to play around.
This night was so special to me and my kids are still talking about it. I was lucky enough to jump into a quick shot that my brother took and I am in love with it. No, it isn’t a perfectly posed photo – it is real and I LOVE IT!
Have you booked your fall family session yet? I still have a couple dates available. Contact me today to set up a FREE phone consultation. Sign up below to become a White Wave Photography VIP and get your FREE Client Guide delivered right to your email. This full guide walks you through every step of your session from picking a location, choosing your wardrobe and creating beautiful wall galleries. I look forward to hearing from you and capturing real moments with your family this fall.
When people think of fall in New Hampshire, they think beautiful fall foliage, apple picking and cooler temperatures. As much as I LOVE the fall colors, the beach is still where my heart sings. Fall Beach Sessions are so much fun! There are no crowds, the temperature is lower, the humidity is usually super low (which makes for a great hair day) AND the sunsets are to die for!
As a NH Family Lifestyle Photographer, I love having fun with my clients playing on the beach. We jump waves, we play with trucks in the sand and do lots of twirling in those pretty little girl dresses. Last year, I had the pleasure of photographing the Peters Family and we had a blast! I love incorporating video in family sessions and these two kiddos hammed it up for me!
You can watch their full session here:
This year I have 6 DATES available for Fall Beach Sessions:
September 10th at 6pm
September 15th at 5:30pm
September 17th at 5:30pm
September 22nd at 5:30pm
September 23rd at 5:30pm
September 24th at 5:30pm
Some of my favorite locations for Beach Photography Sessions are:
If you are looking for a NH Family Photographer to book your Fall Beach Session CONTACT ME today to set up a FREE Phone Consultation. Also, sign up below to receive your FREE CLIENT GUIDE and learn about the full service experience that White Wave Photography has to offer.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and once again this year White Wave Photography will be donating 10% of ALL SESSION FEES AND SALES booked in the month of September to childhood cancer research! Last year, I told you all about my little buddy Super Joe, who was fighting Neuroblastoma and I am happy to report that he has KICKED CANCER and started Kindergarten this fall!!! He could not have done it without the help of donations made to the Jimmy Find Clinic and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Last year we raised over $400 to help fight this horrible disease. Let’s do it again!
Working as a New Hampshire Lifestyle Photographer, I meet so many different children each year and it breaks my heart when I see a little person struggling with a disease that is far too complicated for them to understand. This year, I had the great pleasure of meeting and photographing JACK JACK. This little guy is just 4 months younger than my Charlianne and they are actually in the same class at daycare.
His mom, Rebecca was kind enough to share his story with me:
This little guy has the most contagious smile and I had so much fun playing catch with him in the backyard of their Newfields, NH home. In his Red, Sox hat and favorite rain boots, we had a great day in the early spring sunshine.
The kids have started back to school and with the weather is turning cooler, the leaves will start turning VERY soon. I know I know, I want to hold onto those summer days too but I also don’t want you to miss your opportunity to book your fall family photography session. Book your 2017 Fall Photography Session by THIS FRIDAY, September 1st and RECEIVE a $100 print credit towards your final order!
This year, I have a total of 19 dates open and only 4 DATES LEFT during peak fall colors!!!! I would love to capture your memories this fall whether it is at the beach, an apple orchard, Vernon Family Farm or a local park of your choosing.
You may be thinking that you missed the opportunity to get those gorgeous beach photos but as a New Hampshire Family Photographer, I am telling you that September is the best time of year to book these Family Sessions. The weather is not too hot and not too cold, plus with the kids back in school, they are not super crowded. This year I will be taking reservations for beach sessions now through September 30th only!
If you would like more information on Fall Family Photography Session, CONTACT ME today, I would love to capture your 2017 Fall Memories!
Dare I say it…the Holidays are coming! Sign up below to become a White Wave Photography VIP and get exclusive access to my Holiday Limited Edition Mini Sessions!!! These do sell out so don’t miss this opportunity to get access to the dates first!!!!