Wednesday, November 14, 2012

N Family {New York City Family Portraits}

I love a good family photo session that showcases not only a glorious day in Central Park, but also a bit of this fabulous city too.  We started near the American Museum of Natural History, and ended up in the park, and had quite a bit of fun along the way. Can you tell?  I couldn't even believe how well-behaved and cooperative these boys were.  Just look at all those formal shots!









 

 













 




P.S.  From a photographer's standpoint, it's so wonderful to see parents let kids be kids on photo shoots, because it results in more naturally-looking images that provide a more complete portrait of your family overall.  The fun, the craziness, the laughter, all of it.  My goal as a photographer is to tell a story, and I love it when families work with me to accomplish that.   You may not put the image of your children running circles around you on your Christmas card, but you'll certainly look back in 10 years and love the story that image tells.  It will also give your children a better perspective on your family life as they look back in years to come.  One of my token phrases I share with parents is "these portraits aren't for you, they're for them" and I stand by that.

As you're lining up for your holiday family portraits in the coming weeks, remember to intersperse the formal shots with something fun.   Children who are allowed to have fun will have fun, and you'll get great formal and lifestyle portraits as a result.


8 comments:

Emily Nelson said...

Thanks Lesley!

Julianne said...

Emily, you're so beautiful! It's not fair. :)Great pictures Lesley!!

David and Jana said...

I loved that post about having pictures with your kids. It really inspired me and changed the way I think about myself through their eyes. And now you've inspired me again. I LOVE those pictures! You are stunning and the happiness of your sweet family is obvious. :) It makes me excited to get pictures done. Thanks so much!

Sariah said...

Lesley, can you come to Seattle, please? Great photos, and Em, you all look so happy :) Thanks for sharing

Morgan said...

oh my gosh!!! i LOVE them! such handsome boys, and em, you look so gorgeous! awesome job les!!

rachie_lelei said...

Great pictures and great subjects :) They are so much fun!!

gbrooks said...

i like the crossing the street photos. you just can't get those kinds of shots in suburbia...

Sherilyn McGinnis said...

Such BEAUTIFUL photos, Lesley!!