There’s nothing like a family portrait. Family photo shoots preserve fleeting moments and showcase your family dynamic. My family photography is dynamic, vibrant, elegant and filled with humor. The photos will bring you joy the moment you first see them, and the memories will become more precious each year.
What to Expect
Family photo shoots are so much fun.
Family sessions typically last about 45 minutes to a little over an hour. I schedule plenty of time so that the shoot is relaxed, with ample time for snacks, breaks, outfit changes, etc. This is particularly important for families with young children.
We can do a mix of posed family portraits, and candid, natural images. We’ll also do a mix of configurations of family members: everyone together; just the children; just the parents; mom and the kids, etc. You’ll have plenty of images to display on your wall, share with friends, and post on social media. You are welcome to bring a change of clothes as well, so you have more than one look.
Locations – Family Photography NYC and Beyond
Family photography NYC and the Hamptons is what I do most.
However, I work frequently in Greenwich CT, Hoboken NJ, Westchester NY, and Boston MA.
For NYC family photo shoots, we can do the session in Central Park, downtown, at your apartment, wherever you’d like. In the Hamptons I work primarily in East Hampton and Amagansett, but am happy to travel.
I love custom shoots so contact me with your ideas and we can pick the perfect spot.
Best Time For a Family Photo Shoot
For outdoor shoots, I like to do golden hour: the hour before sunset. The light is gorgeous, and makes for beautiful images. Of course, this doesn’t always work with everyone’s schedules, so we can adapt as needed.
With small children, the “best time” often fluctuates – often it is right after nap time. We can plan this together!
Outdoor family shoots can be done year round. Of course, the weather is most agreeable April through November, but with a little planning we can work outdoors all year round. Check out my cold weather photography tips if you are interested in doing a winter shoot.
In the Hamptons and Greenwich CT, I do a lot of beach shoots. Those are best at sunset (or sunrise!), when the sunlight is flattering and the skies are dramatic. Midday sun is typically quite harsh.
If you are doing your shoot for holiday card photos, I recommend doing it by October at the latest. So I can edit your images, and you have plenty of time to order your cards and mail them out. No one enjoys Holiday Card Panic!
For holiday cards, many people like having one dazzling image of the whole family, combined with a few portraits of individual family members, or smaller groups. If you’d prefer a different configuration, we can of course do that instead.
Some people love putting together outfits for their family photo shoots. For them, it’s a fun challenge, and a chance to show a bit about your family.
For others, the challenge is a bit of a nightmare.
I get it!
As a New York family photographer, I know the importance of wardrobe (matching the setting, matching each other, being comfortable, being photogenic) but also know that the task isn’t for everyone.
I want the family photo shoot experience to be relaxing and fun for everyone, so I’ve teamed up with a stylist who can put together outfit ideas for you, or send you clothes you can use for the shoot. You can rent the clothes, or have her purchase things for your and send them straight to you.
Working with my stylist is completely optional, but a nice resource for people who don’t have the time or interest to put it all together themselves.
How To Prepare For a Family Photo Shoot
A little preparation goes a long way! I’m here to help, so you feel confident and excited going into your shoot.
For some easy advice on how to prepare for a family photo shoot, please check out my 15 Family Photo Session Tips. These tips are pretty simple but can help things go smoothly.
Remember: a family photo shoot is just an excuse to spend time together as a family and have some fun!
I have lots of experience with posing, retouching, and working with children. Family photography is an art unto itself, and it’s one I absolutely love.
If you have any other questions, I’m happy to chat. So please let me know!
Daisy Beatty is New York family photographer based in Manhattan and East Hampton. She specializes in vibrant portraits of families, children, newborns, and maternity, and dancers, as well as winning head shots for models, actors, performers, executives and online dating.
A large portion of her work is family photography NYC and she is proud to work as a new york family photographer serving Westchester, Hoboken, Greenwich, Boston, and surrounding areas.