How to Get Your Kids to Look Into the Camera

Family posed for article on how to get your kids to look into the camera

I can’t take credit for this, but at a recent family portrait with the O’Donovan family, Rory revealed to me the ultimate lesson in how to get your kids to look into the camera. I’ll be using this little tip for every family portrait going forward. A tiny trick for maximum camera eye contact in today’s blog post.

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A Brooklyn Bridge Park Family Portrait

Brooklyn Bridge Park family portrait

Are overcast skies good for photos?

The short answer is yes…and no. While overcast skies can help defuse the light and make colors pop, there is a tipping point where photos go down the hill. In today’s blog I take a look at the myths and realities behind overcast skies during a Brooklyn Bridge Park family portrait session.

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NYC Holiday Card Location Ideas

Woman taking cell phone photo of ice skating rink for an article on NYC holiday card location suggestions

Ah, the holiday card…the annual bane of existence for most families. If you live in New York City, holiday cards are made even more complicated by the fact that we all have cramped apartments that rarely include beautiful fireplaces around which you can take an annual portrait. While you could go to some big ol’ photo studio to get your portraits done with a blank white background and a fake Christmas tree, I’ve got some better suggestions. In today’s blog, I share with you a few NYC holiday card location ideas that will take you from Battery Park all the way up to the Cloisters.

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Toddler Portrait Tips

Family swinging little girl for an article on toddler portrait tips

Your little ones are growing up so fast! They will always be your precious darlings, but they’re probably at their most photogenic between the ages of one and three. If you’ve got a wee one and are looking to schedule a photo session, then I have some toddler portrait tips for you.

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A Community Garden Family Portrait

Smiling family for a community garden family portrait

Carla lives in the East Village and is a former member of community garden 6BC. Her father’s 60th birthday was right around the corner, and she wanted to give him the gift of a beautiful family portrait. So what better location for her family portrait than garden 6BC – her own backyard, so to speak? If you have a similar community garden family portrait in the works, here are a few details that you need to know.

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A Hudson River Park Family Portrait

Smiling family in a Hudson River Park Family Portrait

Park Portrait Strategies

The heat is still with us here in New York City, and families are crowding into the parks to soak up the last rays of summer. If you have scheduled a family portrait in a local park and find yourself surrounded by other like-minded families, how do you take a good photo and make it seem like you have the place all to yourself?  In today’s blog, I show you a Hudson River Park family portrait and give you some strategies so you can take the best photos of your family.
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A Family Reunion Portrait in the Poconos

Family on a deck for article on family reunion photo tips

Or, How I Photographed 21 People in 6 Hours

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a family reunion portrait. Picture it if you will: a beautiful home nestled in the woods. Inside and outside, 21 family members of various ages are running all over the place being photographed here, there, and everywhere.  That was basically my six-hour day, and it was fantastically fun chaos for every minute that I was there. Are you getting your own gang together soon? I can vouch that a reunion portrait is a terrific idea for families of any size, and here are some tips for pulling off your own family reunion photo session.

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Happy Labor Day!: A Forest Hills Family Portrait

Forest Hills family portrait

Happy Labor Day, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying a relaxing weekend with friends and family. In keeping with the feel of the holiday, I thought I might share with you a recent Forest Hills family portrait session here in my own backyard.

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The Challenge of a Day in the Life Family Photography Session

Little boy going to daycare for a day in the life family photography session

An early happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there (including my own)! With the upcoming holiday this Sunday, I wanted to pose a challenge to you for your next family portrait: why not take a chance on a day in the life family photography session?

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What To Do If Your Child Gets Sick Before a Photo Shoot

Little boy by Central Park family photographer, Kelly Williams

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: you schedule a family photo shoot for the one day of the week everyone is available, get everyone’s hair and clothes looking nice, and then of course, your child gets sick.  It happened to me Sunday, and here is how to handle the situation, with Central Park family photos from Sandy, Bryan, and Henrik’s shoot.

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