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5 Tips to Prepare for Your Lifestyle Family Photo Session

Getting the whole family ready for a photo shoot can be stressful – the clothes, the behavior reminders, hoping no one will be sick/crabby all tend to make the calmest mom lose her cool.  If you’ve never experienced a lifestyle family photo session, the expectations of not knowing can be even worse!  If you haven’t read up on the Information page, please make sure you head over to check out more about what to expect from a session.  Still nervous?   Read on for 5 of my favorite tips to help you get ready for our time together.

1.)  Don’t Skip Meals or Naps – tired, hangry kids = no fun.  Its a universal fact.  Don’t skip usual nap times for toddlers or babies the day of the shoot or push dinner back a bit.  Better to feed early, feed often.  Don’t forget to pack snacks too if we are going to be away from your home.

lifestyle family photo session2.)  Blackmail and Bribery Never End Well – like in politics, its so tempting to use promises and bribes to get what we need in the moment, but somehow, we end up paying sooner rather than later.  While some photographers swear by candy or promises of trips to Izzy’s Icecream when we finish, it tends to backfire.  Kids become obsessed with the candy or too focused on the end of the photo shoot to enjoy the time we are together.  Instead, let’s plan out an emergency secret activity we can fall back on during your photo shoot to re-energize or re-engage your kids in the photos if they are getting bored – such as a trip to the park, playing a favorite game, or making a snack together (or cookies!).

lifestyle family photo session3.)  Forget the Clock – the time we have together is loaded with time for mental breaks – that means we have plenty of time for someone to run to the bathroom, have a snack, have a meltdown, or just chat with me about their favorite school activity.  We can slow down, take our time, and have fun, not watch the clock.  You’ll be surprised how fast the time will go, how we will finish up just when we scheduled to, and how many wonderful moments we captured.

lifestyle family photo session4.)  Go With The Flow – Lifestyle photo shoots are unlike any photo shoot you may have done in a studio.  There are no rules, little expectations, and no forced smiles on demand.  In fact, I will never ask you to look at the camera (although you can if you want to).  Mostly we talk, we play, and we laugh.  But what if your little one refuses to sit down or is in total meltdown?   That’s okay too!  “Say what?  okay??? No its not!” you say.  It is, I promise you it is!  So long as your kiddo isn’t sick, we can still capture some great photos, incorporate them into play, and even get some sweet cuddle photos post meltdown with mom.  So don’t worry, everyone doesn’t have to be perfect to have beautiful photos.

lifestyle family photo session5.)  Fill out the Questionnaire – the better I get to know you, your family, and your home, the better your session will go!  I’ll send it over with your contract via email – please send it back as soon as you can!  Don’t forget to include any other details about your family you think I should know.

Finally, I’m a mom too so I want you to know I’ve been there with you – I understand, I won’t judge.  Don’t believe me?  See this photos below?  Want to know the reason I pulled the curtain in front of the camera?  It was because my son was fussing and squirming out of my lap.  No days are perfect, but all days are memorable with kids.  Hope we can capture some of yours soon!

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Happy Father’s Day!

To the all dads, husbands, and grandfather’s out there – thank you for being there, for changing diapers, holding sick kids, driving to the grocery store at midnight, kissing bruises, wiping snotty noses, wrestling crazed toddlers, reading bedtime stories, staying cool during meltdowns, and being our right-hand-men in times of trouble.  We couldn’t do it without you.

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One of my favorite things about in-home family photography is how it allows me to capture the everyday moments that can be lost in a studio environment. When I look back at my old childhood photos, I usually take a moment to look at our professional studio portraits.  Mostly all I can do is notice how dated my clothes look or wonder why my mother cut my hair as she did.  But when I look back at the snapshots taken in our home, I linger.  I allow the hair and the clothes to fall away as I remember how I felt as a little girl.  How desperately I wanted my sister’s twirly dress, or that I while I loved that ribbon headband, it tickled my ears.  I know as a parent these early years are literally a blur.  What a beautiful gift for a parent or a grown-child to have these memories captured!

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Here is my own personal example of why I love in-home family photography so much.  Every evening as I walk by my son’s room I look in and notice hand prints on his mirror.  Usually I grumble and grab the bathroom towel to wipe them off.  But for the first time yesterday, I stopped and, instead of the towel, I grabbed my camera.  (Never fear, I am not deathly ill, I wiped the hand prints off after this photo was taken.)

Now when I see this picture, I think of my son, standing on his changing pad, laughing and kissing his reflection as we try to coax him down to finish getting his pants on.  The sad thought also occurs to me that one day I won’t have to wipe these hand prints from the mirror.  That the house will be quiet and he will be grown-up.

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I truly hope that if you are in love with in-home family photography too, you won’t be afraid that your house might be cluttered, or covered in hand prints, or even (shutter!) be the dreaded 1970s-built split level home (looking right here folks, that’s us!).  Life is a blur, let’s slow it down for a few hours to make sure we take time to notice all these wonderful details of our everyday life.  I can’t wait for you to contact me so that we can capture these memories for you!  They are only little once!

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Summer is now in session! – Summer Mini Sessions 2017

School is finally out (almost) and summer is now in session – which means its time for summer mini sessions 2017!  Let’s celebrate childhood and long summer evenings.  I’m so excited to offer these outdoor, lifestyle mini time slots for family or pet sessions.

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So here’s the details:

Saturday, June 17th, 2017 (see below for time slots)

20 minute lifestyle, outdoor photo session

Pick 5 digital files from an online gallery

$125 mini-session fee

(a la carte pricing available for individual files or buy the entire gallery, including session fee, for $200)

Location: Girard Lake Park, Bloomingon, MN (map)

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Available Session Times: (will update with bookings) – UPDATE 6/16/17 SESSIONS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER; PLEASE WATCH FOR RESCHEDULED SESSIONS LATER IN THE SUMMER.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

To Sign Up – simply email me at info@evanothphotography.com and I will send you back your session time, mini-session contract, and paypal invoice.

Can’t wait to see you all soon! – Eva

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Looking Back on an In-home Newborn Session…

Its hard to think about snowy days when summer is just beginning outside, but I can’t help but look back for a moment on this sweet, snowy, in-home newborn session from last Thanksgiving.  The snow was piled up outside by the foot, and peaceful flakes were falling outside the beautiful front picture window.  It was the most relaxing morning I’d had all Thanksgiving weekend!

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Big brother was so excited to hang out immediately.  He was big into his trucks and cars.  I hope he and his dad got to see the snow plow later that day!  My only regret is that we didn’t go out and play in the snow too.  I loved how how he received a gift when his baby sister was born too – a very very COOL camera!  He had to show me all the features, and now of course I am eyeing this same camera for my son’s birthday this year.

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His little sister was the sweetest baby – and so tiny!  With her red hair band, I wanted to call her “Minnie.”  Plus, I love baby feet.

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I loved how confident, comfortable and fun this family was together.  They reminded me of the real magic of Thanksgiving: family. (Although a good pumpkin pie deserves mention as well…)

I hope if you are expecting a new baby you will consider an in-home newborn session for your family!

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