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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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How to Prepare 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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Hayden Fresh 48 | Atlanta Newborn Photographer

A big congratulations to the beautiful mom from my maternity session few weeks ago – she had her baby boy Hayden! Mom asked me to come to the hospital to document her son’s first few hours of life and meeting his big sister for the first time. I cannot express how touching it was to witness mom and dad presenting their second new baby to their first born. Documenting these moments brings me such joy, especially when I get to know a family so incredibly sweet as this. I am so thankful you asked me to capture this moment for you!

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Bortz Maternity Session | Atlanta Maternity Photographer

I met the most wonderful family last weekend for a maternity session. Kind, sweet and beautiful inside and out. Mom wanted to document her last few days with her first baby girl and capture their family while they await the arrival of baby brother. Initially this was going to be a sunset session at a gorgeous park, then mom called me because her 20 month old daughter had just come into her bedroom vanity, as she often does. Mom realized at that moment that the session needed to be at home. To capture that moment. I was overcome with emotion because I remember those last few days as we were waiting for our second baby to be born, how our lives would change, how we wanted to remember every last detail. This is what I love to do. I love to capture these moments because they are fleeting, because they are so truly special. Motherhood is truly amazing, and so is this mom! I felt like we really bonded during our session. It is so intimate to capture these details and I cannot thank you enough for having me capture this for you. I hope this is the beginning of a long-lasting friendship!

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Mommy and Me Mini Sessions | Atlanta Family Photographer

I am so excited to now offer Mommy and Me mini sessions! As a mom, I am constantly taking pictures of my kids but when it comes time to print I am rarely in the frame 🙂 So this year I am offering an afternoon of special Motherhood mini sessions that are quick, fun and relaxing. Your session will be held at a park in Atlanta during the late afternoon on April 12th. After our session, you and the kids can play on the playground, have a picnic or go out to a dinner – make it a special outing!

Collections come with a bonus special fine art print along with the digitals because I am a BIG believer in holding on to your memories in print. And dads, these make awesome Mother’s Day gifts! If you want grandma in the pics too, bring her along, because after all we are celebrating motherhood.

Click over to the Motherhood Mini Session page for more information and to sign up. There are a limited number of spots available!

Tamara Gonzalez specializes in lifestyle family photography in Atlanta, GA.

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Hi! 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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