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.

Family on a blanket in the desert in Phoenix | Lifestyle Family Photography in Phoenix

Family on a blanket in the desert in Phoenix | Lifestyle Family Photography in Phoenix

Sibling tickle | Phoenix Lifestyle Family portraits

Sibling tickle | Phoenix Lifestyle Family portraits

Mom + Dad | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Mom + Dad | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

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Big brother cheesy smile | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Big brother cheesy smile | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Sibling shot | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Sibling shot | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Little brother in a Tree | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Little brother in a Tree | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Twins touching noses | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Twins touching noses | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Up close twin eskimo kiss | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Up close twin eskimo kiss | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

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Child Portrait | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Child Portrait | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Two brothers and a sister | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Two brothers and a sister | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Follow the Leader Family shot | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Follow the Leader Family shot | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Kids skipping away | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Kids skipping away | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Family Money shot | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Family Money shot | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Family connection on a blanket | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Family connection on a blanket | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Portraits

Desert lifestyle family shot | Phoenix Family Photography

Desert lifestyle family shot | Phoenix Family Photography

Freckles and red head little girl up close | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Photographer

Freckles and red head little girl up close | Phoenix Lifestyle Family Photographer