atlanta kids photographer; Happy Birthday, Indigo!
This family is a very special family to me. I was honored to be Mama's birth doula when little Indigo was born three years ago. I have loved watching her grow into a beautiful and spirited girl, with so much personality and light.
We spent a couple of hours hanging out, and despite the crazy heat, we had a great time.
Kids and family photo sessions are all about having fun. I didn't tell little Indigo what to do or where to look in any of the pictures above--and I definitely did not tell her to say "cheese"...Instead I played with her, and caught her being her adorable self. The "cheese" pictures don't tell us much about our children's personality, and that is what I try to capture for families. Authentic photography.
I do not put a time limit on family and kid sessions. I hang out, taking pictures until it's obvious that your child or children are done. This usually happens at about an hour and a half, depending on their ages. I am open to location and wardrobe changes, as long as your kids are still into it--so I recommend keeping it to a couple of changes. I recommend bringing snacks, and instead of telling your kids you are on your way to meet a photographer, I think it helps if you say that you are on your way to meet a friend and have fun!
Remember that nobody likes pressure to perform, and that your kids will pick up on your energy. So relax, and let me worry about getting great shots of you and your kids having fun! :-)