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The KVAM family

Outdoor family sessions should be an experience. Not stressful or something to just “get through”, but an evening spent appreciating the family you have created. Of course I have   tips and ideas for how to prepare for a family session that aims to help alleviate the initial reaction of utter panic and anxiety after booking a family session, but the reality is, it’s a mind set people.

I promise, family photos do not have to be uncomfortable or something you reluctantly bring up to hubby. It may sound like a stretch, but he too could very possibly enjoy family photos! Especially with me. 😉

Your family photo session is a chance for me to capture your family just being together.

My approach to outdoor family sessions is so far from forced and awkward (two of the words I hear dad’s use the most when referring to family photos). Instead of agonizing over coordinated outfits (although a consideration) or the location being of utmost importance, think of your family lifestyle photoshoot more simplistically.

Family photos should not be about forcing the kids (or hubby) to smile… let you objective be to allow me to capture real moments of actual playtime, being silly, snuggling, chatting, exploring together and just enjoying some uninterrupted family time (in front of my camera). Let go of those anxieties and feelings of pressure for perfection. The reality is, THIS is your reality. Embrace imperfection AS perfection and feel your stress levels drop immediately. Oh, and the photos will offer SO much more than a smile. You’ll get emotion, connection and family. Your sweetlife deserves to be captured before this time in your life becomes a distant memory.

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away. – Eudora Welty

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The KNIFFEN family | North Phoenix Family Desert Photographer

When a family books me for lifestyle family portraits, my main goals are to capture love and connection; if nothing else, a quick glimpse into the essence of what makes that family special and unique.

I do not want my clients to have images that are stiff and uncomfortable (albeit well-dressed) versions of themselves.  I want them to cherish the images that convey a feeling and that bring them back to a fleeting moment in time. When I deliver their gallery, I strive for their response to be “you really captured, US!”

Without a sense of connection I am simply capturing the pose and their outfits.  Perceivable connection gives family photos a human feel, and makes everything contained in them appear genuine and sincere.

Once you give yourself the freedom to go beyond the traditional, stiff and posed family portraits, you not only get images like these that exude emotion and authentic family life moments, but you take the pressure and stress out of looking perfect for family photos.

There are so many reasons I adore natural, lifestyle family portrait sessions but I think the images speak for themselves every time.

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The CHAUHAN’s | Urban Phoenix Family Photographer

Hands down, the most rewarding part of my job is that I get to connect with the families I have the honor of photographing. Truth be told, I fall madly in love many of them. By the end of the session I want to take each precious child home with me. No need to be alarmed, I just love kids, I won’t actually take your children. Ha! There is a method to my madness. My connecting to the children is intentional. If I get them on board to play and engage with me, they will interact with mom and dad (in turn, getting mom and dad to relax and enjoy the session) which ultimately results in the most amazing, authentic, real family portraits.

This gorgeous family sprinkles the SweetLife Photography website often as they just exude what I stand for. A connected, loving family that appreciates natural, joyful and authentic family portraiture with the goal of documenting their sweet life just as it is at this moment in their lives. It is my mission to capture that love and mutual adoration they have for each other. I like to think that years from now these adorable siblings will be reminded of their childhood days and see just how much they meant to each other.

I gladly met this crew at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix for their urban family photo shoot. The contemporary vibe and contrasting styling worked perfectly together. I love that this location provided a ton of variety too!

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The Wolter’s | Scottsdale Family Life Portrait Photographer

Lately, I’ve been really focused on upping my game as family portrait photographer. Workshops, e-courses, tons of continued education because family photography is at the heart of my business. With all my new tactics and freshly cultivated knowledge, I met the stylish Wolter family for their sunrise family photo session at a very popular photo spot in Scottsdale that just so happened to also be special to them because they reside in the same neighborhood. It adds so much more to the session when the location chosen for a family session is meaningful.

It’s one thing to get a gorgeous family in front of my camera and capture great portraits, it’s a total work of art to capture the real emotion and true personality of a family. And that is my goal every time I shoot. I hope you can feel what I felt when I took these images. I hope you can feel the love they have for each other.

I just hope I did them justice.

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