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Motherhood Sessions | Tamara Gonzalez Photography

I was so excited to host my first ever Spring Motherhood Sessions held at my studio in Buckhead.  

This event included a 20-minute session, outfit changes, one high resolution digital image, and the best: mimosas for the mamas and cookies for the kiddos!

As mothers, we are so often behind the camera, excited to capture each moment of our children’s experiences, but we are too often not in the pictures with our children. This event was a fun and relaxed opportunity to have a gift of memories for both the mothers and their children.

Studio sessions are an easy way to capture milestones, headshots, or some classic, modern portraits with your children.

I have always wanted to host my clients/new friends at my studio and am so glad I did.

Here are some highlights of the event… Xoxo, Tamara

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The Lott Family

This wonderful family has had me capture them since I first started my business over four years ago. I can’t express the gratitude I have for their loyalty, and the opportunity to capture their two daughters as they’ve grown! They are dedicated to documenting their lives regardless of what’s going on (injuries, scrapes, bumps, cold weather, or all in this case!) because that’s just what was going on at the time. These girls were such troopers because it was cold that day! But we ran around, put on jackets in between shots, ran around and swung around some more.

Even better, they appreciate the value of printing their images in addition to having the digitals for holiday cards. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of printing your images, be it on a canvas frame, or have a gallery of fine art prints mounted and ready to be framed as this family has done over the years.

Family sessions are about documenting your lives as you grow and change. My goal is to make this a fun and relaxing experience. You will never regret looking at your photos and admiring how your children have grown.

Xoxo, Tamara

 

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Headshot Sessions

This year I offered my first ever Mini Headshot Sessions, and was so thrilled with the success of the event.

A refreshed and modern headshot is critical to your brand – whether for your small business, the company your work for, or for your personal branding. Putting your best foot forward begins with the image you convey. After spending the past four years capturing lifestyle portraits and guiding adults and children into relaxed and engaged poses, I understand what it takes to capture your best image.

So, this year, I hosted easy 15 minute headshot sessions over the lunch hour for clients to update their image.

Take time to put your best foot forward on your social profiles – contact me for more information. We can discuss your needs, and schedule hair and makeup. I’d love to hear from you!

Xoxo, Tamara

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Top 10 Tips for Engaging Children in Photo Shoots | Atlanta Photographer

Probably one of the most frequent questions I am asked by moms/clients is “how do I engage my children in our portraits?” Truth be told, as a mother of two children ages 9 and 6, I too have struggled with this, especially as they were getting older, until I simply treated my sessions with my kids as I did with my clients. Brilliant! It was my “Ah Ha” moment and has helped me in engaging my children in photo shoots of my own creation.

Engaging children in family sessions can be fun, and you will often find that you create wonderful memories bonding with your children in the process – be it in a family session with a professional photographer, or one of your one photo shoots.

Here are my Top 10 tips for Engaging Children:

# 1: Be Easy-Going – Never Show Frustration. Once they pick up on your stress or displeasure, their wall goes up and out comes the stubborn child – and stubborn is tough to get rid of once it comes out. At the beginning of each of my sessions I tell my parents I’ve got this – let me handle the kids – don’t worry about them “smiling at the camera” or doing something you don’t want them to do. Trust me. I’m a mom and I’m a photographer. A light and playful vibe will shine through in your pictures.

Top Ways to Engage Children in Portraits | Tamara Gonzalez Photography

#2. Go with What They Love. It really is ok if the kids aren’t into an activity or direction. If they don’t feel like sitting at that moment, and would rather dance, I go with them and redirect later. Going with the flow, but guiding, is the best way for kids.

#3. Be Playful! It’s a great way to get some awesome action shots and it’s authentic.

#4. They Are the Photographer. This is one of my favorite go-tos on a shoot with a child that isn’t too enthralled at first. Once I show them the back of camera and ask them what they would want to photograph, they often get really into the shoot. (The second image is a behind the scenes at one of my school shoots – I always enlist help:).

#5. Tickling. This brings out the fun almost every time.

#6. Tell a Joke/Whisper Something Funny. This is especially fun with siblings. Oh how they giggle! And it’s amazing how you hear the same jokes…

#7. Ask Them Their Favorite Hobby, Let them Show You. Maybe it’s karate, maybe it’s ballet, either way, kids love to show off and perform their latest skills.

#8. Give them Rewards. Yup, bribery works. But I encourage the reward be a family activity like getting ice cream together after taking pictures. Sometimes, with my oldest I literally pay him for his time – sometimes it’s a $1 for a short amount of time, sometimes it’s a cool new book. He’s 9 years old and his time is valuable. Either way it’s a win-win: he’s happy and I get my shot. Ice cream still works for my 6 year old 🙂

#9. Move, Jump, Twirl and Spin. This is most engaging when you do these with them.

#10. Give Them a Break. During sessions, sometimes one or the other, or all, want to run off for a moment. I let them and say, “hey, go ahead, we’ll be right here taking your parent’s pictures.” Once they see me taking pictures of their parents without them, they usually come running right back.

Are you ready to book your family session? I’d love to talk to you about customizing your own session! I offer outdoor and studio lifestyle sessions and love capturing families, children, babies and expecting mamas.

Xoxo,

Tamara

 

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Best of Atlanta Fall Family Sessions 2018 | Tamara Gonzalez Photography

The best of Atlanta fall family sessions.

Fall sessions are some of my favorite. I love the colors and the crisp air. There’s an energy about the sessions that just shows on faces. The Atlanta fall family sessions this year were simply wonderful. I met some wonderful new clients, and captured many other families again. My family sessions are all about capturing your family as you are – I am always guiding you into poses and we communicate before your shoot on wardrobe and anything I need to know before your session. These portraits are about you and the connection you share with your family.

Here is a brief recap of some of my favorite fall family sessions held across Atlanta.

Xoxo,

Tamara

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