The Waterside Family Photo Shoot That Will Give You All The FeelsPlus #1 tip to make your family photos stand out!

Summer family shoot on a beach in Toronto
Summer family shoot on a beach in Toronto
Summer family shoot on a beach in Toronto
Summer family shoot on a beach in Toronto
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Is it just me, or does everyone seem to schedule their summer family photo shoot these days? With the warm weather finally here, I think it’s a perfect time to get outside for your family photo session!

How do you get those Pinterest-worthy airy family pictures? Friends, I’ll let you in on a secret. As with any shoot, the key is collaboration. Our goal is to capture the light-hearted, candid moments of your family while making them totally frame-worthy. That’s why I would sit down with you and discuss how you would use your family photos to make sure we are capturing the right images. Will you make a photo album? Your photos will be mostly landscape to make sure they fit nicely in a final album design. Will you hang them on your walls? Then, I would ask you to send me iPhone pics of your home, to get a sense what colors and styles would suit your lovely house. This way we ensure the photos will look organic with your decor and complement your interior style.  

For Brittany and Kris Versteeg of the Calgary Flames, I worked closely with them on the styling and location to make sure their photos could be artfully hung amongst their neutral and airy home. I felt Woodbine beach was the perfect location for their shoot with its dark blue water and grey pebbled shoreline. I asked them to wear light, cool tones to softly contrast the warm sun and leafy trees in the background. The result shows how the styling is key as all the colors are neutral and the images will look great amongst their home decor.

I’m a strong believer that the family photos should feel genuine. The candid, genuine interactions between Brittany, Kris and their two boys speak volumes about the warmth they share with each other.

I absolutely love it when I get to capture the family running around, interacting as they normally would on a sunny day at the beach. Their 
family photo shoot feels light and airy, just like the happy memories of a day by the shore. While Brittany and Kris’s boys were busy, I snuck in a few portraits of the parents together – capturing some beautiful images of them alone. I also made sure to have a variety of compositions, so the images could be arranged a number of ways for a collage wall.

Having said that, I LOVE the uniqueness of each and every family I photograph as I get to see their personalities shine through during the shoots. I love the family dynamics when everyone gets together to have a good time. That’s what I want to create with you during our photo sessions. Whether our session includes camping in your backyard, a hike to your favorite park or even a trip to the beach – I want to capture you, being the awesome family that you are.

Brittany and Kris, thank you again for spending the sunny afternoon with us! Everyone in the studio still raves about your gorgeous wedding. It was great to see you again and meet your lovely children. We wish you many joyous family moments together!