Surviving Your Outdoor Family Photography Session

The red cart is filling up with all the items on the list.  Everyone is excited and energized because as much fun as you had with your family this summer, all good things must come to an end.  We are ready to get back to routine, get off the devices and start fresh.   The day is finally here and as we wave goodbye to our little ones on their first day back at school, that twinge of pain still manages to make it’s way from our hearts, to lumps in our throats, to a few tears in our eyes.  We wave and watch as the distance grows between us and we can’t help but stop and think, gosh I love them so much it hurts.  Minutes later we get back to our car, shake it off, take a deep breath and indulge in a short celebration of freedom.

It’s usually in the next few weeks when you decide, after looking 50 times at the “First Day of School” pic you snapped on your phone, that you really want to have a professional take photos of these kids whom you cherish.

Time out!  Side note:  Hopefully you already planned this and are grateful to be on your favorite photographer’s calendar.  If not, you may have a hard time squeezing yourself in!!!  Be sure to plan way ahead for this!!!  

You may or may not need to present a hard case to your spouse on this one.  Let’s face it, professional photography is an investment and it’s not usually in the top 10 for the man of the house.  It is a beautiful thing when Dads are fully on board with this but in the event that they aren’t, it’s up to you to sell them.  Once you’ve done your research and selected the photographer whose style you are most drawn to, show your spouse photos.  Tag them in posts on said Photographer’s Facebook page so they not only see the photo, but can also read any comments on it.  Let them know that it will only be 60-90 minutes of their time.  Most importantly, explain how much it would mean to you to have these memories.  You know what they say, “A happy wife…….” 

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Fast forward now to the assumption that you found your photographer, you have your date set, and deposit is paid.  Now the freak out… WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR!!???   OK, here’s the thing.  Yes, it is so important that you feel amazing during the shoot, wearing a fabulous outfit that coordinates well with the kids, and compliments whatever your spouse is wearing, HOWEVER, all of that will go to s@#t if a few key components aren’t addressed.

  1.   HUNGRY:   

    Your kids are in the cutest little outfits but…..  they’re hungry.  You were so busy getting everything ready, doing your makeup, fixing your hair 12 times, ironing your husband’s shirt, that you forgot to feed them dinner.  So you throw a bag of snacks in the car and ask them to eat on the road.  Wellll…… it’s not the best idea.  Kids get HANGRY!!!  And thirsty.  So who cares if their outfits are cute?  They’re miserable.


  2. GIVE AND TAKE:   

    Piggy backing on number one…. you realize mid shoot that this is exactly the case so you pull out snacks and try to feed them thinking that will help their mood.  But the sun is setting, husband is starting to get frustrated, and you are panicking so mid snacking, you pull the bag away and expect them to perform on 3 cheerios and a sip of water.  The tears start flowing.  Whoa.  Feeding kids in the middle of a session… not the best idea.  


  3. THE VIBE:   

    Everyone is stressed out!!!!  You are worried about your hair laying in the right spot and that you are positioned in the most flattering way (even though you’ve already asked your photographer to erase all wrinkles and take off 10lbs), your spouse is annoyed that he’s even there and still doesn’t understand why it costs so much money, and your kids can feel it!!  They can feel your vibe!!  Kids feel excitement, happiness, love, tension and stress.  So calm down!!!  Stop, and remember why you are here.  You are here because gosh darn it you love this crazy family of yours and you want photos to remember this very time in your lives!  



  4.  PREPPING:

    For the last 3 days you’ve been talking about the photos….. perfecting the outfits and psyching your kids up to be on their best behavior.  You have already told them what will happen if they behave or if, god forbid, they don’t behave.  Are you making it a bigger deal than you need to?  You know your kids best…. are you stressing them out?  Are you putting way too much emphasis on their “performance”?  Is your fear of disaster being pushed on to them?  Perhaps, it’s a good idea to barely mention the photos.  Again, you know your kids and some need more of a pep talk than others but be careful with your words.  This is not a judged scenario, there is no score keeping, there is no test…. this should be fun!  A time for your family to snuggle on a blanket and smile.


  5.   BE REAL:   

    Understand your family dynamic and embrace it.  You are not that other family on Facebook.  Gosh, your kids aren’t even the same age!  Recognize the ages of your children and set your expectations.  If your kids are older, then yes, you should expect them to look at the camera and smile.  You should expect them to follow direction and listen to the photographer.  If they are younger, you gotta be real.  You might get one or two shots where they are looking and smiling but don’t expect much more than that!  They want to play, explore, giggle, be tickled, snuggle, run around, be silly.  It’s up to you to let them and it’s up to your hired professional to capture them this way.  The way they really are… at this stage in their life.  Kids are kids, not soldiers!  Let them be!



  6. SHOW IT:   

    Help your photographer but don’t try to run the show.  If you have hired an experienced and established photographer, this isn’t their first rodeo.  They’ve seen it all.  Trust me!   Let them do their job…. if they need your help, they’ll ask.  They know the shots they’ve got already and the shots they still need.  Tell them what makes your kids laugh or what their interests are.  And when the photographer has you all posed as a family and asks you to now interact with your kids, give it a go!  Tickle them, play with them.  Make them happy!!!  They love you and you love them.  Show it.  


  7. SMILE:    

    “Look at Photographer and smile!”  NO.  No, no, no, no and no.   If the photographer is talking to your kids, chances are, your kids will look at them.  But if you and your spouse and perhaps a “helper” are all there yelling things at this poor, confused child, they won’t know where to look or what the heck to do!   And that all goes back to #3, 4, 5 and 6.  Rather than yelling orders at your child, quietly stand right behind the photographer and do something silly!  Guaranteed, they will look at you and smile.  


  8. PAPA BEAR:    

    Dad, we know how much love you have for your crew.  We know you get down on the ground and play with them.  You fart and they laugh hysterically.  You burp at the dinner table and you are their hero.  We also know that there are 10 other places you’d rather be because, until you see your photos, you don’t know why you were dragged here.  Notice I said, until you see your photos.  This is your life, right here, right now.  Last year was different and next year will be too.  This is one hour of your time to create a lifetime of memories.  Your kids will look back at these photos in 5 years, 10 years, and once they are married with children of their own.  They will LOVE looking at these photos.  You are making a VERY short term sacrifice for something that will be cherished for years to come.  Is one hour too much to ask?   So loosen up and enjoy the fresh air.


 

I look forward to seeing you this season!!!

xoxo,

Julia

Baby Anabelle ~ Phoenixville, PA Baby Photographer

The third of three girls, (yes, three girls!!) came to visit me and she was just the sweetest!   Weighing in at over 9lbs, she was a bundle of love.   Dad said she had only smiled a few quick times so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to capture one.

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We worked really hard to get the perfect family photo which we all realized wasn’t the easiest of tasks with 3 children under 4 years old!   Thank goodness we captured one that will be hanging beautifully in their home.

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I love that Mom and Dad chose to put their girls in blue

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Once the family photos were complete, I was able to play with Sweet Anabelle on her own…. the bucket shots are always a favorite.  Mom wasn’t sure how she felt about hats until she saw this amazing, handmade angora bonnet…… SWOON!

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Thank you so much, Mom and Dad, for choosing me to be your baby photographer!  It was a pleasure working with you and creating these memories for you.

If you’d like to learn more about baby photography at my studio, please watch this short video! 

If you are looking for a baby photographer in the Phoenixville, PA area, please be sure to contact me .  Newborn sessions book up far in advance so try not to wait until your baby is already here!  Sessions may also be booked in the studio for Baby’s First Year which includes a Cake Smash session to document their first birthday.  Mini Studio sessions are also offered for children of all ages.

I appreciate you stopping by to view this post.  If you’d like to keep in contact with me, Julia V Photography, please check out my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Baby Camila | Collegeville Baby Photographer

This beauty kicked off 2017 as my first newborn of the year!  Sweet Baby Camila came in to see me just 9 days after she was born at Paoli Hospital .  She was a Christmas baby, born on December 26th.  What a gift!

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She was so gorgeous (I mean, look at her parents!) and slept really well for me.  I loved all of our girly set ups with a mix of rustic and vintage vibes.

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She will be called Mila for short.  One of my personal favorite names Pretty sure she already stole her Daddy’s heart. baby photography

 

This family just recently moved to the area and I am so grateful that they found me.  Thank you so much, Mom and Dad, for choosing me to be your baby photographer!  It was a pleasure working with you and creating these memories for you.

If you’d like to learn more about baby photography at my studio, please watch this short video! 

If you are looking for a baby photographer in the Collegeville, PA area, please be sure to contact me .  Newborn sessions book up far in advance so try not to wait until your baby is already here!  Sessions may also be booked in the studio for Baby’s First Year which includes a Cake Smash session to document their first birthday.  Mini Studio sessions are also offered for children of all ages.

I appreciate you stopping by to view this post.  If you’d like to keep in contact with me, Julia V Photography, please check out my Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

Clemente Family | Royersford Family Photographer

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This sweet family has been in front of my camera many, many times and each time we have so much fun.  I met them when they were a party of 4 and they chose me as their Family Photographer.   I was honored to photograph their third baby over a year ago.  My, oh my, how time flies!

Now Mom and Dad have their hands full with 3 beautiful babies who are full of personality and spunk.  They have so much fun together and I hope you can see that from these images.

Thank you so much to the Clemente family for continuing to choose me as your photographer.  I am truly honored and it’s always a pleasure!

Fall is the busiest season for photographers as we capture the gorgeous tones in beautiful, golden light.  I photograph these outdoor sessions in a variety of locations in the Greater Philadelphia area…. Collegeville, King of Prussia, Haverford, across the Main Line.

If you are looking for a family photographer in the Philadelphia Suburbs, please contact me now to get on the calendar!

 

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Mother’s Day Mini Sessions

Treat yourself to something special and allow me to capture some amazing images of you snuggling, laughing, and connecting with your children.

These sessions will last approximately 1 hour…. 30 minutes of shooting and 30 minutes of selecting your images. The set will be light and airy – think sunlight coming in from behind ivory sheer curtains, hair blowing, and warm smiles. I will pose you for some shots but I also encourage you to be natural with your kids while I quietly snap away.

Another special treat will be a visit from my friend and very talented Makeup Artist, Alli Parisi. Alli was trained by the amazing Bobbi Brown herself and is an Education and Artistry Executive for Bobbi Brown. She has experience working at Fashion Week as well as QVC and has extensive knowledge in HDTV and Photography Makeup.

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Date: Saturday, April 29th

Times: You can select your time slot using the link below. Times will range from 10am-6pm.

Cost: $250 (includes your session plus 4 professionally edited, high resolution images)
Makeup: $65 for Moms, $15 for Kids (this fee will be paid by cash/check after service is rendered)

Other details: This session is for Mommies and their children (sorry Dad!). I welcome you to bring Grandmom, if you’d like! Please only book these sessions if your children are between the ages of 6 months and 12 years old.  Also, as much as I hate to say this, the studio is only so big …. Unfortunately, I cannot accommodate more than 3 children at a time.

To book your session, click here.  You will need to select your time slot.  Please keep in mind, if you decide to add on makeup, you will need to arrive at least 30 minutes EARLIER than the time slot you choose.

You deserve this.

We can’t wait to see you on the 29th!!!