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3 Tips for Natural-Looking Family Photos | LeeAnn K Photography

Family portrait outdoors in Bridgeville, Pa by LeeAnn K Photography
At-home family session with a family of three in Bridgeville, Pa

This family of 3 loves laughing, tickle fits and racing one another. We started in the house as unusual spending some time getting cozy in-home photos, fur babies included before we moved outside for full-blown fun.

Portrait of a family pet by LeeAnn Stromyer

Family photo of a mom and son in their Bridgeville home by LeeAnn K Photography.

Relaxing and having fun during a family session used to be unheard of but gone are those days where a family has to sit correctly in front of the camera with plastered smiles. Despite knowing we don't want those cheesy photos inevitably the moment we see the camera, we paste the smile on and we are ready!

Candid portrait of a son looking at his mom by LeeAnn K Photography

Portrait of a boy looking out his window while laying on his stomach on the top bed of his bunk bed by LeeAnn K Photography

Portrait of a five year old at his desk  looking out his bedroom window by LeeAnn K Photography

I get it; I do the same thing when I see the camera so I have come up with three tips you can use to prep yourself for a fun, relaxed family session.

Tip #1 You don't have to look at the camera unless I tell you!

The moment the camera comes up, we tend to think we need to look at the camera and smile.

Candid family photography is about being in the moment with your family. When you need to look at the camera, the photographer will tell you. So when you get ready for your session remember you don't have to look unless I tell you!

Serious father and son portrait outdoor's for a  family photo by LeeAnn K Photography

Tip #2 Stay in the moment and enjoy what's unfolding around you.

Black and white portrait of a father and his son laughing laying in their yard by LeeAnn Stromyer a Pittsburgh photographer.

My favorite thing to tell my clients is to stay in the moment. Your photos are meant to make you feel something they're not intended to be just pretty pictures.

Candid, silly family photo of a boy kissing his mom on the cheek while sitting outside in their yard by LeeAnn K Photography a Pittsburgh, Family photographer.

Candid family photo of a mother and son running in their back yard in Bridgeville, Pa by LeeAnn Stromyer

Fun family photo in backyard by LeeAnn K Photography

Portrait of a mom tickling her son in their backyard by LeeAnn Stromyer.

Tip #3 Prepare yourself for your kids to act like they just ate a whole bag of candy after Halloween.

Portrait of a boy running in his backyard bare foot as the sun is shining around him by LeeAnn K Photography

I don't know what it is about the experience, but the moment we get started kids can get pretty crazy!

Photo of a dad holding his son as his son is laughing by LeeAnn K Photography

Sometimes their tickle feels like a scratch, and their hug is like a crush, but they're enjoying themselves, and it makes for excellent pictures so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Candid family photo of a father and his son by LeeAnn Stromyer.

Candid portrait of a five year-old boy in his back yard by LeeAnn K Photography

Fun family photo of a mom giving her son a kiss on the check while he sits on his Dad's shoulders by LeeAnn K Photography.


Hey there, I'm LeeAnn!

Thank you so much for stopping by.If you love reading about other kick-ass women daring to follow their dreams then you'll want to be apart of my monthly newsletter where I send out updates on blogs just like this one!

A little about me. I am an elementary art school teacher turned photographer, storyteller, and motivator. My specialty is personal brand photography and in-home family sessions.

I have never been much for superficial living or "small" talk.

I love connecting people on a deep level and then sharing their stories through thought-provoking imagery with the rest of the world!

If you love getting to the heart of things and want to share your story on my blog contact me and we will set something up!

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