The Best Family Portrait Poses

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Strategies for looking natural in front of the camera as a family

As you know, I am not a fan of stiff, boring poses. I would much rather let my portrait subjects be free to be themselves in front of my lens. That said, it is sometimes difficult to get people to look and feel natural while being photographed. So in this week’s blog post, I reveal how I structure a shoot and give you my list of my best family portrait poses that are guaranteed to get a relaxed smile out of any family member.
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Beyond Belly-Cupping: Modern Maternity Portrait Tips

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For most moms-to-be, the maternity portrait session is a tricky affair. How do you take a good photo when you are not feeling the most comfortable?  Further, how do you strike a balance between showing off the miraculous state of your body without making your stomach the entire star of the show?  In today’s blog post I tackle these questions and offer a few modern maternity portrait tips to help you glow in front of the camera.

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How to Get Your Kids to Look Into the Camera

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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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Toddler Portrait Tips

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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 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

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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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Tips From a Bar Mitzvah Photographer

Hora dance by bar mitzvah photographer, Kelly Williams

June got off to a busy start, not with a wedding, but with Bryan’s bar mitzvah. The ceremony, held at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights followed by a bar mitzvah celebration at the Picnic House in Prospect Park, was completely planned by Bryan’s mother, Amy, and it went off without a hitch. If you have such a family event on your calendar, enjoy these tips from a bar mitzvah photographer so that your celebration can go as smoothly as Bryan’s.

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A First Birthday Portrait, Plus Tips on Using Props in Family Portraits

First birthday portrait in Central Park

Saturday was a complete washout, here in New York City.  Friday, on the other hand, started off beautifully, and it was a great day for Nicholas’ first birthday portrait. Find out all the details from our Central Park shoot, plus get some tips on using props in your family portrait.

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