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An In Home Family Session

I photographed this in home family session on a strangely warm and foggy day in early December. I had so much fun hanging out with them and documenting these girls’ sweet little personalities. There were princess dresses, a tea party, and driving in a play car through the living room. How fun is that?! Honestly though, my favorite part was just talking to the girls. Big sister told me some stories and oh my goodness, I almost died from the cuteness. I don’t know if I like anything more than hearing a story as told by a three year old.

I still have so much to share and I am on it! It makes me so happy to go back and reminisce about these sessions that I loved shooting. It’s funny to think about how much these little faces have probably changed in the few short months since I met them. Hopefully these photos will help them hold on to the memories – when dressing up in princess dresses and making up stories about monsters in the backyard were the best ways to spend a day. Time just goes too fast with kids, doesn’t it?

little girl standing in a kitchenchildren's artwork hung on doorstoddler sitting in a highchair smiling at the cameralittle girl laughing and smiling at the camera with big sister in the background playing with a dollhousetoddler's hand on her mother's shoulderLittle girl picking dressup clothes out of her closet with her mom holding her toddler sisterlifestyle photograph of two girls smiling at the cameragirl smiling and playing peekaboo with the cameradocumentary photo of girl smiling with her mom in the background smilingdocumentary detail photo of girl selecting a book from a bookshelfdocumentary photo of girl sitting on her mom's lap smiling, with little sister and dad in foregrounddocumentary photograph of mom sitting with her two daughters reading them a story with dad looking on in the foregrounddocumentary photograph of two girls sitting on a bed reading to each other with dad in backgrounddocumentary image of preschool age girl pointing to a page in a book she is readingdocumentary photo of toddler girl sitting in a toy car in house with big sister sitting on the roof of the carin home photograph of preschool age girl looking at camera and making silly faceTwo sisters being pushed on a toy car in their house by their dadlittle girl looking at the camera and laughing in a toy car while her sister looks down at her from rooflifestyle image of toddler age girl looking up at camera from inside of a play carIn home family photograph of girl in rocking chair and mom, dad and big sister gathered arounddocumentary photo of preschool age girl in rocking chair and big sister shushing towards camera with mom and dadblack and white documentary photo of little girl running down a hallwayblack and white image of mom and dad tickling daughter on bedin home family session portrait of girl laughing upside down while being tickledin home family session documentary photo of little girl on mom's legs flying up into the airtoddler girl laying on mom's legs with dad in the backgroundphoto of dad dressing daughter up in a princess dress and closeup of toddler girl's handslittle girl in princess dress looking at the camera with mom in the foregroundfamily on bed with two girls dressed in princess dressesgirls in princess dresses on their parents' bed while their parents watch in the backgrounddocumentary image of toddler girl making a silly face with her momblack and white documentary photo of a little girl on bed being tickled by her momdocumentary image of mom sitting with toddler girl on her lap at a table with fake foodmom sitting at a table while her toddler daughter serves her fake food with dad in backgroundin home family session photo of little girl dressed as elsa singing and dancing on the couchcloseup portrait of preschool girl looking at camerablack and white in home photo of toddler girl playing peekaboo in the curtainsin home family session candid black and white photograph of mom hugging toddler daughtermom helping toddler daughter walk on wall outsidefamily walking in their backyardlittle girl turning back and talking to her mom in foreground while walking outsidetwo images of preschool girl talking and motioning with her hands while telling a storylifestyle image of family in a grove fo leafless trees outsidetwo images of little girls hugging and little girl pointing with a stick with her mom and dadfamily walking near a hill in the foglifestyle portrait of preschool aged girllifestyle portrait of toddler girlblack and white image over mom's shoulder of mom kissing toddler

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Documentary In Home Family Fun

Have I mentioned that I love nothing more than a documentary family photo session? I think I have. I seriously think there is no better way to capture candid moments and kids’ genuine personalities. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good posed photo, but these are the sorts of photos that feel like true little treasures to me – day to day, mundane life, frozen in time. In ten years, when so much has changed, these photos will be like little windows into the past. How amazing is that?

I photographed this family of five on a rainy day in September. I arrived in the early morning hours, in time to photograph the kiddos getting out of bed. It felt warm and cozy in their house, eating breakfast, playing games, and cuddling under the covers. After everyone was dressed and fed, we ventured out into the rain to explore the woods surrounding their house and an awesome tree house! With our little Conshohocken backyard, I had major yard envy. It seemed like an incredible place to grow up. I’m so glad we braved the rain to capture a bit of that.

I have so many more wonderful sessions to share from a busy fall session, but this feels like a really good place to start.

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Philadelphia Extended Family Photography | The Whole Family

This extended family session, from a few months ago, is one of my favorites. We met up in Philadelphia at one of their homes and it felt so warm and relaxed from the start. Everyone sat around on the floor, with the kids of course being the center of attention. There was food, conversation, and lots and lots of laughter.

I love documentary sessions, and shooting in this style has really made me fall in love with multigenerational sessions. To be honest, I used to struggle with large family shoots like this. Making sure everyone was looking happy in the group shots, capturing enough of each family member; it felt overwhelming. But being able to capture an entire family candidly, changed that for me. Now I think there is something even more special when the whole extended family is included in a session.

On this day, there were so many wonderful moments to capture of everyone just being together. We headed outside into the city for a few more traditional posed photos, but my favorites are undoubtedly those that I captured in the in between moments. I loved seeing the grandparents play and cuddle on the floor with the grandkids, the excitement of cousins as they were reunited, and the raucous rounds of board games – from both the kids and adults. It was a joyful, happy day and hopefully these photographs will help them all to remember that day forever.

 

grandparents cuddling with grandkids

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extended family playing on the floor

Philadelphia extended family photography

philadelphia extended family photography

Philadelphia extended family photography

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Philadelphia Documentary Family Photographer | A Morning At Home and On the Town

I adore a documentary session in a family’s home. There is no better way to make kids feel completely comfortable in front of my camera. I love getting a personalized tour of their rooms and hearing all about their favorite toys. It was so sweet how this big sister was excited to show me the photos she’d taken herself. And little brother was equally happy to pretend to drive his truck into my lens. For kids who might take a bit longer to warm up to new people, I think this is even more of a benefit! It really gives them the opportunity to get to know me at their own pace, on their own turf.

Even though I love them, I know that not every family is ready for a 100% documentary session. I get it. So the sort of session that this family decided on, with some time to play at home, combined with a stroll through the neighborhood, can be a perfect compromise. It gives a taste of both documentary and lifestyle, and still gives the kids plenty of time to relax and just have fun.

These kids were so adorable with each other. Big sister was so sweet, giving her brother hugs and encouraging him throughout the shoot. The way they looked at each other just melted my heart and I loved being able to capture that. I hope you enjoy taking a peek into their lives as much as I enjoyed documenting it.

Spring is just around the corner! If you are interested in booking a documentary session, a lifestyle session, or a combo, contact me today!

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My name is Katie! I love color and pretty light and happy faces and sessions that include all of those things. Photographing families like yours, capturing the essence of what makes you unique, is my passion. I want to get to know you and to tell a story that is authentically yours.  

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