How to Photograph Families with Teens/Long Island Family Photographer

All kids are different. All people are different. So there will never be a one-size fits all approach to photographing any age. But my favorite tip for shooting a family session with teens is to create a connection.

Getting to know people I photograph is a pleasure to me, and asking a few questions to learn more about someone helps them relax and be themselves. Start by asking how they spend their free time. Playing sports, making art, playing an instrument? Favorite movies, books, music? What was the most fun family trip you’ve ever taken?

Eye-rolling? One-word answers? It’s ok. You’re helping to make someone feel seen, and that makes anyone feel good.

Sounds obvious, right? Of course they know you see them superficially, but when your families feel that you genuinely care about who they are it helps to create a connection. Even if it’s only for the hour or so you spend together.

With this beautiful family, I happen to know the parents, but the kids were so little the last time I saw them that I was a perfect stranger to them at their session. Ages ranged from 9 to 16 so I made sure to avoid any baby talk, and used straight-forward prompts (such as hold hands with Mom or touch your foreheads together) because they were able to take direction easily.

Two more tips…

By paying attention to body language you can also avoid forced-looking poses. Many older kids would rather go without screentime for a day than snuggle with their parents. Capturing the moodiness of teens can be just as memorable for parents, and worth recording, as a hug. And I like asking kids of any age what they prefer to be called, especially if their name has a common nickname.

Most of all, take your time. If you’re relaxed and enjoy the session your families will, too.

Moments in time/Long Island Newborn Photographer

The day can be long when parenting kids. Ours is a home with vibrant souls and with that boundless energy can come the moody, the grouch and the unpleasant. But sometimes when the day fades and the moon comes out there are little gifts. Is the pull of the moon a real thing? It seems real around here. Recently there was a crescent moon outside my bedroom window and it glowed. Little gifts. My favorite is when all three kids are snuggled in my bed and they’re actually being nice. I’m such a grateful mama when these moments arise.

Here are a few shots of a recent snuggle, if you’d like to see. Hope you’re weekend is filled with the good stuff.

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newborn photography long island ny long beach ny family photography
newborn photography long island ny long beach ny family photography

Patiently awaiting their little one

There’s so much to be excited about when a baby is about to be born. Baby number one was due for this couple when we met for their session. Mama was very calm and was feeling good, even though she was days away from giving birth.

As a mom of 3, I think there’s a sweetness that goes along with the butterflies about having your first baby because you’re truly flying blind! But all those jitters are so worth it once you see your baby for the first time. Your life is forever changed.

What I enjoyed most about this session was the genuine affection these two have for each other. It was easy to see and we’d only just met. I asked Dad to whisper in Mama’s ear and suddenly her eyes were filled with tears. Lucky me to have been allowed to capture such a beautiful moment.

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baby bump, maternity, motherhood, birth, maternity photography
baby bump, maternity, motherhood, birth, maternity photography
baby bump, maternity, motherhood, birth, maternity photography
baby bump, maternity, motherhood, birth, maternity photography

Newborn/Family Session on a Saturday morning

This newborn session was a lot of fun, not only because I was greeted with a hug by a toddler in feetie pajamas, but also because the newborn is the 4th addition to this beautiful family. That meant there were 3 older siblings wanting to snuggle and kiss their new baby sister… and of course jump on the bed when Mama said it was ok. Baby was content and precious, Mom and Dad were relaxed, and all the kids were excited and eager to have their picture taken. What more can I ask for?

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newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography
newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography
newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography
newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography
newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography
newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography
newborn photography long island ny
newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography
newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography
newborn photography long island ny lindsay nolan photography

On your mark, get set, SMILE!

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When I’m shooting an outdoor session I’m reminded of how quickly conditions can change. Mother Nature is in charge and, while I may have had an image in my mind of what the session would look like, it can quickly become something different.

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A golden setting sun was making its magic as I waited for this family of five to meet me, when suddenly a mammoth cloud swooped in and ate up most of the light. Ok, so the crisp golden light was gone, but this session ended up being beautiful in a softer, dreamier way.

I like to remind families to bring a favorite blanket to outdoor sessions to let the kids stretch out on the ground, especially if it’s a damp outside. Or if the wind picks up, a blanket is great for cuddling. And while sometimes parents aren’t planning to be photographed, requesting a kids-only shoot, I’m always happy when I can persuade them to join in for a few shots. This session was no exception! The last few clicks of the evening were among my favorites.

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Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny
Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny
Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny
Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny
Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny
Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny
Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny
Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny
Beach session holiday photo session family photography long beach ny

Rise n' Shine Family Session

I met with this family for a morning session at a local nature preserve. The upside of waking up early on a Sunday is that most people are still in bed snoozing away, so we had the entire preserve to ourselves.

Lots of laughs, play-fighting and tickles with these guys and their adorable pup. Enjoy!

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Beach Session on a Chilly Evening

Fall on Long Island hasn’t provided the typical sunny, pleasant weather I look forward to after a humid summer, but it hasn’t been all bad. It’s a pretty good feeling to have a great session with a family who willingly braved the elements on a gusty beach.

And it’s a gift to spend time with a family and observe them as they interact. All are unique, with a special magic of their own. I love catching a glimpse of affection between a couple when they think no one’s looking, or the way a big brother looks after the younger one so he doesn't run too far ahead. The details that vanish in a blink are those I enjoy most.

These boys were the sweetest and seemed to really like having their picture taken. The result was a windswept session full of moody overcast skies, but with plenty of smiles. They stuck it out for almost an hour and I’m so glad they did!

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family session on the beach
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Sometimes kids like to bring along a favorite toy and it makes its way into a shot. Fine by me!

Sometimes kids like to bring along a favorite toy and it makes its way into a shot. Fine by me!

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Weekday Mornings

“Mom, you’re so weird.”

This is something I've been hearing often. My kids are at the ages where they feel self-conscious at times when they realize there’s a lens pointed at them.

I just shrug and say, “Sorry, can’t help it.”

They don’t always accommodate with a sweet expression and I know better than to request smiles on cue. Hearing their mom make fart noises or my best impression of a horse seems to elicit something resembling a grin, though.

Yep, we were a little late for school this morning, but in the grand scheme of elementary education I figured that was probably not a huge deal. Most things aren’t.

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Fun Outdoor Session with 3 Adventurous Boys

I so enjoyed photographing this adorable family! The boys were excited for a walk through the woods. As boys do, they wanted to hike down into a low-lying damp, swampy area but luckily their mama redirected them. Even baby brother was a trooper and posed throughout our afternoon together, hardly fussing at all.

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As if on cue, but completely naturally, the two older brothers kissed and hugged this little guy. It was very sweet to watch the three of them interact with so much affection.

As if on cue, but completely naturally, the two older brothers kissed and hugged this little guy. It was very sweet to watch the three of them interact with so much affection.

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Overall, a great day and plenty of images to treasure as the boys grow!

Overall, a great day and plenty of images to treasure as the boys grow!