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Fall 2018 Mini Sessions | Atlanta Family Photographer

Announcing 2018 Fall Mini Sessions!

 

These fun mini sessions are an easy way to get gorgeous photos for holiday cards, or for your walls. Only a few spots remain, so email me to reserve your time!

Contact Me with your preferred date and time.

 

* Additional Collections Available *

 

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The Van Pelt Family | Atlanta Family Photographer

This past week I was asked to document a family before they moved from the home in which they raised their two adorable children. I’ve been capturing these kids since they were babies, so I was so incredibly touched when mom asked me over to capture this special time.

As I usually do, I started with the kids – first without my camera – I let them lead me around the home and the first stop was of course their bedrooms. They were so sweet as they showed me all their toys. Then they asked me to ‘please’ take their pictures in their rooms! I mean, so, so cute! We had the best time.

Their home is amazing – a modern home with stunning architecture and views of the city. And, just look at all of this wonderful natural light, and the gorgeous rooms! Best of all, they were all so kind, the kids were so lively and cute, and mom and dad were just perfect with them and with the camera. I know it is so hard to pack up and move – it’s even 10 times harder with all the stuff we accumulate with our children. But I do know that even with all those things you pack up, the most important of those is your memories. Cherish them forever and bring them into your new home with all the love with which you created them.

It was so wonderful to get to know you all! Thank you for having me document your time together!

Xoxo,

Tamara

 

Atlanta Family Photographer

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The Greene Family | Atlanta Family Photographer

In our busy lives, it is challenging to get everyone in your extended family together, so capture the moment so you have photographs to last a lifetime. So when you do get the whole extended family together, capture the moment.

A couple of months ago, one of these sisters reached out to me to do capture her whole family for their first gathering in nearly 20 years. After moving away to live their lives, they were getting together for Mother’s Day and she wanted to surprise their mom with a portrait session. This was such a special gift! We managed to get everyone on board and found a little park near her home in Brookhaven – the only time we could get everyone together was mid-afternoon and it was hot! They didn’t mind the heat a bit, and really had fun, as these images show.

This also shows us photographers out there not to fear the harsh sun. Seek out pockets of shade, use a higher shutter speed and an aperture of f/5 or lower. When it came time for a dramatic shot of the family, we went to the top of a big hill in full sun to showcase them together engaged in their environment (for this shot I chose my 35mm).

Thank you so much for having me capture this very special moment!

Xoxo

Tamara

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The France Family | Atlanta Family Photographer

I have had the pleasure of knowing this family for a few years now – I have photographed their beautiful girls for my fine art school portraits and mom and I have bonded over the daily ups and downs of motherhood. So when mom asked me to capture their family session I was so honored.

The evening of their shoot was the first weekend of awesome weather here in Atlanta – it was perfect. Before my sessions, I make sure my families feel prepared for their session and do everything I can to guide them along the way, be it guidance on what to wear or how to handle the kids, I am hear to listen. Mom and I had a few talks and we met to go over outfits. And when they showed up looking absolutely stunning I knew this would be a fantastic session. We had so much fun with the girls gathering dandelions (or as they said “dandee-lions” :), cuddling and running. Thank you for thinking of me for your pictures! Let’s have that moms brunch very soon (yes, we will have those mimosas after we go for a run!) 🙂 Enjoy!

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Preparing for your Family Session | Atlanta Family Photographer

I am often asked by my clients what they should do to prepare for their upcoming family session. Communication and preparation is key to a successful portrait session. As a lifestyle photographer, my goal is to document your family in a natural and organic way, only I guide you to create beautiful images.

Before our session, I talk to my clients about what they can expect. I send them an FAQ on how I run my sessions and I ask a few simple questions that help me get to know them (if I don’t already from prior sessions!). My clients also receive a Family Prep Guide that outlines what they can do to prepare and what they can expect. So, I thought I would outline a few of those tips here for those of you considering a lifestyle session in the near future 🙂

1. The #1 question I get is “What do I wear?”! Let’s face it: clothing matters. You want to look AND feel great during your session. Dress in a way that best reflects your true style (photo sessions are not the time to experiment with the new latest look if it’s not something you normally do!). Please do not have the family wear all matching outfits – you want to coordinate colors and let you be the focus. Most importantly, let your kids be themselves – if your daughter doesn’t like having a bow in her hair, don’t put one in. She’ll just rip it out during the session. I offer my clients styling advice and help with getting those outfits sorted out.

2. Talk to your photographer about what you have in mind. What do you want to do with the resulting pictures? Do you want them for a gallery wall in your family room? Do you want them for a cool coffee table album? Surely you don’t intend to have them sitting on your computer, right?? I offer fine art prints, gallery advice, and high resolution digital images to my clients. I even offer social media sized downloads of my client’s order for free when they purchase a collection so they don’t need to worry about having the right size for those key Instagram and Facebook posts. Letting your photographer know what you want to do with your images is important. You should also tell your photographer what images you most want to capture. Communication (and awesome photography!) produces the best results.

3. Eat and rest. Make sure you and the kids rest and eat BEFORE the session. Snacking during the session, or having your child cry because she’s hungry does not make for good pictures. And let’s get real, you wouldn’t want the bag of cheerios to be the star of your pictures.

4. Trust your photographer to guide you. During my sessions I take control and guide my clients into situations or “poses” and I will let the kids know if something is or isn’t working. I make sure my clients can relax. I often guide my families into poses right at the beginning and then let the kids just be.

5. Leave stress out of the session. So many parents worry that their children aren’t smiling at the camera, or are running around playing. Guess what? It’s OK. Some of the best pictures are of kids and families natural and relaxed. Remember that it can backfire if children are told to pose or smile, and they can sense when parents are frustrated. Trust me. Most of the images of children on my site are when they were running around with me close by to capture the moment.

6. Have fun! I end with my main tip – FUN! Make sure you enjoy your session with your photographer. It should be a special outing with the family. The way I run my sessions is laid back and fun. No pressure, no stress. I am there to document my families and provide them with lifestyle works of art they can just gush over for years to come. And then recommend they go out for some ice cream 🙂

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments. I am happy to answer!

Xoxo, Tamara

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I'm Tamara. Thank you for visiting! I am a lifestyle photographer of families, children, babies, maternity and couples. I'd love to talk to you about capturing your portraits.

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