When you look up the word adorable in the dictionary...

Shlomi's picture is definitely right beside it! I recently had the honor of photographing her mommies and her at the New Hanover County Arboretum for her First Birthday photoshoot! The afternoon light is just gorgeous at The Arboretum. It's a great location to photograph children and young families. Every season host a new beautiful selection of flowers and bushes, but my favorite time of year to photograph at the Arboretum is during the summer when the rose garden is in full bloom!

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful."”

Family portraits are so important...

These beautiful photographs are not just something nice to look at and hang on your wall. These photographs are your legacy. Generations to come will look back on these photographs and tell stories about you to their children. This is why taking a regular family portrait is so important! I love to document life as it happens. Posing photos are nice, but I want to capture the essence of who you are as a family. Children grow up way too fast and you will never regret having too many photos of your kids.

Pro TIPs for a great Family Photoshoot...

  1. Bring snacks that are not too messy. Goldfish are great!
  2. Bring something for the kids to drink that won't stain too back like water, or a light-colored juice.
  3. Leave all expectations at home! Kids can be unpredictable to say the least. So don't expect them to give you a super-model, Pinterest worthy photoshoot every time. The key to success here is to let them be kids and let the photographer to their job. Too many people screaming at a kid for them to look at the camera will result in said kid in tears and hating the experience. Good photographers have tools in their bag that they use to get kids to cooperate.
  4. Bribe them with a treat afterwards, but don't make it on the conditions that they perform to a certain level, or they won't get it. Use it as a tool to remind them of something to look forward to in order to encourage them to cooperate.
  5. Bring along something special to them for a couple of photos. This helps bring out their own unique personality and the images will add to the overall feel of the family shoot! Kids love individuality and will feel special knowing they get to have their own little moment!

Overall, the most important thing is to have fun...

This experience should be fun and memorable! The more fun and laid back you are the more your kids will enjoy future family photoshoots! I certainly know I would! No matter what location you choose, what you wear, or how perfect everything is, the main goal is to document the amazing moments your family goes through at every stage of life!

For more information and to book your families next photoshoot click HERE!