Which Family Photo Session is Right for You? | Boston Family Photos

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Family photos is the kind of all-encompassing term that doesn’t really mean anything specific. Family portraits can be formal and posed where everyone is looking at the camera and holding a pose; they can look like magazine pages that are styled to look beautiful and still appear authentic; or they can be documentary images where chaos just unfolds and the photographer simply sees what is in front of her.

There are lots of different ways to document your family. Which one is right for you?

I offer three different options for family photos in Boston, so there is something for everyone. Read about the choices here, check out some examples, and get in touch if you’d like to schedule a session!

Mini Family Sessions (available on selected dates only) – Mini sessions are quick, easy ways to get a lovely family photo where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling. They are generally themed, which means the location and setting will be the same for all families that sign up. These sessions are limited to immediate family members only (and family pets.) Mini sessions are $250 and include one high resolution digital file, which you choose from a small selection of images. I offer them four times a year; roughly once a season. Mark your calendars with these 2022 dates and stay tuned for signup information!

Sibling Love! – Sunday, February 13th (in studio)
In Honor of Mother’s Day – Saturday, May 14th (outdoors with an indoor rain location)
On the beach – Saturday August 6th RAIN DATE August 7th
Among the fall foliage – October 15th RAIN DATE October 16th
Christmas Pictures – November 19th (in studio)

Full Family Portrait Sessions (available April-October) – Full sessions are 30-45 minutes (or about as long as your kids last without melting down) and are perfect if you like to have a mixture of posed and unposed images to choose from. Full sessions take place at an outdoor location, like a park or a beach, where we have room to try a bunch of different poses and arrangements: sitting, standing, walking, playing tag, laughing, blowing bubbles, picking flowers, wading in the water, etc. We get some photos where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling, and some that are more natural and spontaneous. There is no limit to the number of family members participating, so feel free to bring the pets, grandparents, and your siblings’ families, too! Full sessions are intended for families who want to display family photographs in their home. After I have created your gallery of proofs, we sit down together and select your favorites for printing and framing. Digital files are included with the purchase of prints, but are not offered on their own. Sessions are $850 and include a Starter Print Collection ($600 value); additional products are available a la carte.


Playdate Photo Sessions (available year round) – Playdate photo sessions are extended sessions where I come to your home and spend several hours embedded with your family, documenting all the things that you do! The goal is to make documentary-style images that show your family in your home, being yourselves, unfiltered and imperfect. To help break the ice, we can organize a few activities to do during this time – things like arts and crafts, baking cupcakes, or playing in the leaves – but most families find that the fun and play (and beautiful chaos) happens naturally! These sessions are perfect for you if you don’t like photos where your family looks posed and formal and if you’re comfortable being in front of the camera with little direction. Playdate sessions are $850 and include a custom-designed heirloom photo album with up to 50 photos, and the ability to purchase additional products a la carte.

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