|On location Maryland family portrait session collage created using a modified template from Ashe Designs.|
Of course, I still try to keep the posed portion of a session short and sweet when I'm working with a family. When I see the edges of the kids' patience fraying, I wrap up fast and move on to more candid shots as they explore their surroundings. (And I end their session with a little prize so they know I appreciate them putting on those itchy dress up clothes instead of their batman capes and rain boots and doing such an awesome job smiling for the camera so their mom can have a family portrait.)
If you don't have a recent family portrait, this is the perfect time to schedule one. The light is beautiful, early mornings are still cool and comfortable and the kids are all rosy cheeked and mellow from a few weeks of vacation.