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Family portrait sessions are probably the most stressful of any of the sessions I offer. For me, since they are usually outdoors, I worry about the weather, the light (cloudy or bright sun?), the distractions (on the beach there are way more interesting things that me for a 2-year old) and a number of other things. For the family (usually Mom) there's the worry that the kids won't behave, or that she'll look fat, or that they won't get any good shots. You know what? It usually all works out. Sure, sometimes the weather just won't cooperate and we have to postpone. And I need to come with a big bag of tricks to try and hold the kids' attention. The kids' behavior, well...kids will be kids! So they're a little wiggly; we'll keep moving. So they keep being distracted by people walking their dogs---I'll keep making noises to get them looking at me again! I once told a Mom "I don't need them to behave the whole time; I just need them to behave for a second." I've lost track of how many times the parents have viewed the portrait proofs and then said "these came out better than I thought they would!" Behold the magic! And really, what is a "perfect" family portrait? Everyone sitting and smiling perfectly? Or a "perfect" slice of reality? It can be a combination of the two! Here are a few examples of the posed and the more relaxed portraits, all purchased by the families.





So don't stress about the perfect family portrait! It will be perfect because it's YOUR family.

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Today I want to share about an organization that I volunteer with, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. NILMDTS is a non-profit group whose mission is to capture black and white heirloom portraits for families who have lost a newborn baby. I have been a volunteer photographer with them for over five years and it is the most meaningful thing I do with my photography. I have photographed stillborn babies from 16 weeks gestation up to full-term and babies that passed away shortly after birth. Often people say to me "I don't know how you do it." It's hard to describe HOW I do it but one things I keep in mind is that the portraits I capture are the only professional portraits the family will ever get of their baby and I need to do my job to the best of my abilities. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. It's also the month that a little nephew of mine was born too early many years ago; I know how much the few photos they have of him mean to his parents and he is one of the reasons I volunteer.

If you'd like to learn more about NILMDTS or make a tax-deductible contribution to them their website is https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/


#pregnancyloss #infantloss

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Saturday October 24th Anne Companion Photography will hold their 11th annual Halloween Portraits Food Drive! For a donation of $10 or $10 worth of food to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank you will get a 5x7" portrait of your child in their Halloween costume! Each child will be photographed individually; one complimentary portrait per child (additional portraits may be purchased). Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4babab29a57-halloween to see more details and reserve a time.



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