Family portrait sessions are great for capturing moments in time as each member of the family grows and changes. Photography records the different years, looks, fashions and faces of each family member. I adore looking back on my family’s portrait sessions, and I am very glad my parents took the time and made us all do them.
Not only are these photos fun to look at now, but growing up they created a feeling of connectedness to my family and a sense of security by seeing photos of the whole family together displayed around the house. A family photo also cultivates confidence in oneself, like “Hey, my parents think I am worthy enough to have a picture of me on the wall.” In the same way, I think that displaying family portraits of the family around the house gives the children a sense of security in the family and relationships within the family. Anyway, I will forever be an advocate of doing family portraits for all these reasons and more.
These photos were taken in a little field in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. We were going to go the beach but decided to keep it simple and do the entire shoot in one area. I am finding that less is more for family shoots. There really isn’t a need to walk or drive all over the place for family photography. Most families, especially those with young children, don’t have the patience to do a shoot that will be more than a 30 minute session. That is why picking one place with several different backdrops is important to being able to get the shoot done in a timely matter.
Coeur d’Alene family photography sessions are available upon request. Shoot time: 30 minutes. Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID. Cost: $250.
These shoots last about 30 minutes, come with 25-30 high-res images delivered to you on a DVD with full rights to print.
Here’s a few of our family portraits when I was a kid. You’re welcome!