I started my photography journey out as a family photographer. And while it brings me a lot of happiness to provide people with beautiful portraits of their family, I also have a strong love for documentary family photography. I have discovered over the last few years while documentary family photography is getting a lot more recognition and gaining popularity, traditional family photos are still very much necessary.
I truly love my clients…the above gallery of images really makes my heart happy. I have learned so much over the last 10 years about my strengths and weaknesses as a photographer. I know that I am extremely good at capturing the moment, but I also have developed a strong skill in posing people. These two styles are very much opposite… Candid versus posed… But I am not going to try to pigeonhole myself as a one genre photographer. I would love to work with any family to capture them either in a documentary style, a lifestyle, or a posed portrait…even in a fine art portrait. I simply consider myself as a professional photographer. Period.
Family portrait sessions, such as the ones depicted in the gallery above, are scheduled for 30 minutes of time. More time is definitely available if someone would like to add a second location or multiple outfit changes. And with more time comes more product. My basic introductory price is $325 for a 30 minute session and a minimum of 20 digital images with printing release.
The most popular time of year for family portraits or family photo shoot in Kenosha, Wisconsin is between October and November. The changing of the leaves provide a beautiful colorful back drop in our local parks and forest preserves. Images end up being very warm and cozy feeling, and there’s no wonder why people love this time of year for photos.
Some popular areas where I have worked with families would be Petrifying Springs Park, Lincoln Park, Hawthorne Hollow, and Southport beach house.
Petrifying Springs Park
Petrifying Springs Park is swarming with photographers throughout the month of October. Between senior sessions and family sessions, the park is full of families trying to get that perfect moment for their Holiday card. The park definitely does not lack in beautiful scenery and several perfect areas for your portrait. With multiple bridges, staircases, and gorgeous trees… You are sure to find the perfect backdrop.
I love to try and find a new and different area in Petrifying Springs Park every time I have a client there. Going off the beaten path to find an unused area gives my clients something unique and different from other people who typically have their photos taken at Pets park.
Lincoln park located on 22nd Ave. in Kenosha Wisconsin is another great place for photos. With a river, two bridges, multiple gorgeous weeping willow trees, the pergola, a beautiful garden, and the rock staircase… There are so many options for some great portraits. I love bringing clients to this park to give them something different by way of family portraits.
Hawthorne Hollow nature preserve is a beautiful venue in Kenosha for family portraits. They do require a permit, and their hours are limited, but if you are willing to invest in the permit…your portraits there would be gorgeous. With the original Pike Creek school house, A re-created Tee-pee, a river and more. Even if you don’t have your family portraits down there it’s definitely worth a visit. And the visit is free!
Southport Beach House
Southport beach house on Kenosha's lakefront is another great spot for portraits. Families can get a wide variety of backdrops including the beautiful lake Michigan, a sandy beach, a gritty, chippy-paint wall, brick walls, concrete stairs, and a woodsy area just down the shore near Kenosha Sandune’s. It’s a short walk but definitely worth it!
Finally, my home studio. I love photographing families from my home. Needless to say it requires very little travel on my part! But that’s not why I love it. My backyard faces west, providing gorgeous golden hour sunset opportunities for family photos. My home studio is located in my three season room. 300 ft.² of nothing but natural light, three walls of windows diffused with white sheer curtains provide soft gorgeous light for a more formal portrait.
No matter what you choose for location for your family photo shoot, I would be honored to be the photographer that makes that memory for you.