Why a Photo Session is the Ultimate Gift

Photos: we have them in our homes, on our phones, in albums, on our computers, they’re everywhere.

Photos remind us of life’s most precious people and memories As we move through life, we get to add new moments to our collections.

cropped-53006_2018-09-22_wed_haughey-1.jpgSometimes though, it makes a world of difference to have a professional photographer present for the really big moments in life, including weddings, christenings, milestone birthdays and engagements. Giving the gift of photography is one that won’t soon be forgotten.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a parent, newly engaged couple or friend in your life, here are some reaons why you should gift them a professional photo session instead of the usual gift.

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How many times have you received a gift that you pretended to like, only to end up storing it in the back of a cupboard a month later? Gadgets, clothing, and accessories all go out of style or become null and void, but professional photos last a lifetime and are something that the recipient can treasure for years to come.

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Gifting someone with a professional photo session is personal and unique. Since it’s far more thoughtful than guessing what someone would like to receive, it’s a gift that truly comes from a place of love.

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Experiencing something instead of adding something to a growing pile of possessions is far more worthwhile, exciting and meaningful. A photo session gives your loved one a brand new experience that will leave them with lasting memories that they can proudly display around their home or office.

When looking for the right photo session for your loved one, keep an eye out for any specials photographers in your area might be offering. Who knows, you may even find yourself booking a photo session for yourself at the same time.

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Fun 1stBirthday Photo Shoot Ideas

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We all know how cute a cake smash photoshoot can be for your baby’s first birthday but if you’re looking to do something a little different, there are tons of other great ideas available to you.

Your little one’s first birthday is such a special milestone and with a little planning and inspiration, you can perfectly capture every second of this wonderful day.

Here are a few cake smash alternatives for you to consider as you plan baby’s 1stbirthday:

  • Bring in the ball pit.A small inflatable pool and some colorful plastic balls are all you need for the perfect birthday photoshoot. Not only will this prop bring some lovely colors into the photos but it gives your little one something to interact and have fun with too.Third Eye Photography-18-03-28
  • Blow up some balloons.Balloons have been a part of everyone’s childhood and they also make for a fun and colorful addition to any photoshoot. Decide on a color theme and a setting and add some balloons for a playful morning or afternoon. Place the balloons in the garden, in your little one’s crib or tie them to the back of a unique chair or onto a basket for some great shots.
  • Bubbles!Incorporating bubbles into your photoshoot will give it a natural and playful feel. Place your child in a small tub filled with bubbles or have them sit in the garden while you blow bubbles for them to enjoy and play with.Third Eye Photography-18-03-9
  • It’s all in the outfit.Sometimes all you need for the perfect 1stbirthday photoshoot is a cute outfit. This could mean putting your little girl in a sweet pink tutu or giving your little boy a cute cowboy hat to pose in. You can keep the background simple or create a backdrop to match their outfit.

Whatever you decide to do, have a nice outfit ready for yourself and your partner so that you can jump in a few of the shots and share this special moment with your little one.

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Professional Tips for Capturing Amazing Holiday Photos


Christmas, Thanksgiving, the 4thof July, these are all holidays that you spend with your family and loved ones. These special holidays are filled with food, laughter, games and love, which is why it’s the perfect time to take some beautiful photos that you can print and display in your home or in an album.

Below are a few tips to help you take great shots at your next family gathering.

  1. Make your photos interesting

Straight lines make for boring photos, especially when it comes to people. If you’re shooting a large group, try using a staircase to break up a large group of adults. Children can stand in front of the adults in order to make it easier to fit everyone into the shot. You can also bring some color and fun to your photos by incorporating holiday-themed props such as a backdrop in green, red and white for Christmas, flags and hats for 4thof July or Thanksgiving themed photo booth props such as beards or turkey drumsticks.55254_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter

  1. Don’t forget to incorporate candid and natural looking shots too

The best photos are the ones that come to life when you look at them. You can capture such photos by simply allowing individual personalities to shine through by taking candid and natural looking photos along with your posed shots. Get everyone to loosen up by taking a few funny shots of people jumping or making funny faces, both kids and adults always enjoy this.

You should also have your camera ready to take shots of people busy in the kitchen, laughing at the dinner table or kids kicking a ball around outside. These photos are great because they’re truly capturing a moment in time.31292_2017.10.15_POR_Brody

  1. Wait until the Golden Hour to take outdoor photos

The Golden Hour refers to the time of day when the sun is at its lowest point. It starts around 20 minutes before sunset and lasts up until about 20 minutes after sunset.

This golden lighting offers a softer light, which means:

  • It creates softer looking skin, brighter eyes, and sparkling smiles
  • It adds more dimension to your photos
  • There won’t be any squinting eyes because it’s too bright outside

Shooting your family and friends during Golden Hour also makes everything seem a lot warmer, which emphasizes the warmth and love you have for each other.

Holidays are the one time that it’s easy to get your family and friends in one place and it’s a time when people are relaxed and joyful so take this opportunity to capture some amazing photos that you can treasure for years to come.

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Ideas for Capturing Perfect Pictures with Dad

He reads to you and tucks you into bed, he plays catch with you and makes you laugh until your tummy hurts and he gives you good advice when you need it the most. He is your dad.

Having moments between a father and his children captured is the perfect gift for Father’s Day or any day of the year and is something special that your kids will cherish years from now.

39055_2018.06.04_POR_PurcellBelow are a few ideas for capturing extra special shots between father and child.

  1. Get out on the mini golf course

Nearly every dad loves a good game of golf but miniature golf is an activity that everyone can enjoy and a little friendly competition is always loads of fun. Mini golf is the perfect family outing and the laughter and fun will make for great photos. The golf course will also provide you with a colorful and playful backdrop for all your shots with dad.

  1. Fire up the grill

Summertime is great for being outside so lighting up the grill for Father’s Day is always a great idea. Give dad a break by getting the family to take over the grill for the day. Setup a nice table in the garden or on the deck and enjoy the day together. Good food, laughter and the sunshine will create some truly memorable photos.

  1. Set out for a hike

Warm weather is the perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy a relaxing hike with dad. If he’s a big fan of the outdoors, you could even plan a weekend camping trip in a beautiful forest or near a lake, the perfect backdrop for a few photos with dad.

55339_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinterA father plays such an important role in the lives of his children and being able to look back at moments with your dad is truly something special.

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4 Reasons to Book a Photo Shoot with Your Child


As a parent, you can never have enough photos of your children and while you probably have a bunch of fun pictures on your phone and your computer at home, photos that have been professionally captured and edited are extra special.

There’s no time like the present to create new memories with your child and below are just a few of the reasons why you should hire a professional photographer to freeze those special moments for you.

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  1. Spend some quality time with your children.Booking a session with your child or children gives you the chance to have a little fun with your kids and spend some quality time with them. We all live such fast paced lives that it’s often difficult to take some time out to spend with our loved ones. Take your kids to the park down the road, buy them an ice cream and have some laughs while your photographer captures the moments.
  2. Create more memories.With every day that passes, your children are growing and changing. Whatever age they are now, you will never get this time back with them again so why not capture it on camera. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of looking back on photos of your family because they take you back to the special times in your life and let you relive them for a few seconds. 42924_2018.07.11_POR_KellyHedgepeth
  3. The perfect excuse to print your photos.While many of us have great photos sitting on our computers, how often do you actually get around to looking at them? By booking a photo session with a professional photographer you’ll have the perfect opportunity to print your memories so that you can look at them anytime you want. Why not use images from your session to start a photo wall in a prominent place in your home so that you can relive your special moments every time you walk by.
  4. Make them feel special.Every parent wants to give their children everything they’ve ever wanted but gifts can never be compared to spending quality time together. Taking the time to enjoy each other’s company also helps teach your children how important family is, a value they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Make this the year that you capture more memories with your children and display them for all to see.

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What to Bring Along to Your Child’s First Photo Session

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If you’ve recently booked a photo shoot with a professional photographer, there are a few things that you might want to consider bringing with you to the shoot.  Some parents might wonder why they should be the ones to bring stuff along. They’re the customer right?

10667_2017.06.26_POR_NolandThe truth is, you’re hiring a photographer to do what they do best, take amazing photos, and there are some things that even the best studios won’t have available to you.

17622_2015-08-18_por_egedyHere are a few things that you should consider bringing along to your child’s photo shoot if you want the best possible photos:

  1. Whether you’re bringing several children along to the photo shoot or you would like to fit in a few shots of you and your spouse alone, you want to keep your child occupied when they aren’t in front of the camera and toys are the best way to do this.
  2. A good book.Is there a specific book that your child simply loves? Bring it along to the session to either read to them while they’re being photographed or to read to a child that isn’t being photographed at that time. Your bedtime routine is so special but you never really get photos of it so this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
  3. Their favorite stuffed animal.Every child has that one stuffed animal that they take everywhere and even though it might be looking a little worse for wear, that stuffed animal plays a big role in your child’s life. One of the best parts about taking photos is that it captures a specific moment in time and that raggedy old bear is going to make for heartwarming photos years from now.
  4. Additional outfits.If you have a young child in the house, you’ll understand how quickly an outfit can get ruined. The last thing you want to worry about on the day of your photo shoot is whether your child is going to ruin their outfit before or during the shoot, which is why it’s always a great idea to bring an extra change of clothing just in case. It will really help with your nerves too.

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How to Style Your Photo Session

One of the most common questions people have when preparing for a photo shoot is what to wear and what to bring. You want everyone in the photos to look their best but you also want all the details in the photos to tie together so it looks cohesive but not overly matching. These simple tips will give you a better idea on how you can style your own outfits, accessories, and props so that everything meshes together but still pays tribute to who you are as a family.


Styling Your Photo Session

  • Coordinate Colors

Most families tend to match their outfits by pattern or color but for the best results, you’ll want to skip putting everyone in matching clothes and colors and instead coordinate their outfits to play off of one another. Let one of the family members secretly be the star of the photo shoot. Dress them in a patterned outfit that consists of at least three colors. Keep the rest of the family outfits simple with pops of color that coordinate with the star of the show outfit. And don’t forget to take the shoes into consideration as well.


  • Accessories

Skip the jewelry and instead think about hats, scarves sweaters, vests, jackets or even flowers to hold or put in the hair. Consider accessorizing your kids in layers, textures and offer something for everyone to interact with. You don’t want the accessories to overwhelm the image but they can be a great way to offer a lot of variety throughout your shoot. Think of things that can be easily taken off or put back on.


  • Props

It can be easier to work with children especially if they have something to play around with or hold for some of the images. Think about adding in some props that are meaningful to you and your family, maybe a favorite stuffed animal, family quilt or heirloom or even the family pet can be a great addition to your photo session. When choosing props ensure that they fit in well with the photo session and coordinate with the colors in your outfits.  Flowers, apples, or pumpkins are also a few great ideas for props.

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