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It’s summer! The days are long, the nights are warm, the kids are relaxed – and maybe even the parents are feeling a bit more calm, without the school and after-school rush to multiple activities. It’s the perfect time to plan your holiday portraits! Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But did you ever think about scheduling […]

Why Summer Is Perfect for Family Portraits

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When I first started out with portrait photography I didn’t need to look far for some of my first models. Luckily I had two adorable little girls living just around the corner and a family who appreciated having a photographer in the neighborhood. This is still one of my favorite photos and I’ve promised them […]

Another Special Senior…And Client From Long Ago


I often get questions or comments from parents who would love to have their child’s portrait session but are afraid because “they are at that age…” the age of stranger-anxiety or clingyness, or just not being such a “good listener.” I say forget all that. This session started out with a warning from the mom […]

Is There a Bad Age for Portraits?


This Mother’s Day – I’m going to offer these word of advice to all moms: There’s a movement out there urging moms to get in photos with kids.  Here’s one article about it: I know, as mom and designated family photographer, the tendency to show off the family vacation photos and have people ask […]