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    Yorktown Family Portraits | Reed Family

    Yorktown Family Portraits

    When was the last time your family took professional family portraits? Today is the perfect day to schedule your own photography session. Contact us today for more details.

    Family Portraits
    Family Portrait

    Yorktown Outdoor Family Portraits

    Yorktown has so many beautiful outdoor locations. It is a perfect backdrop for some gorgeous family portraits. Meet the Reed family. We were delighted to be able to photograph their family. They choose to schedule their family portrait session in Yorktown. They knew that it would lend itself to gorgeous photos.

    With their family, we choose 2 different locations for their outdoor photos. Both locations were within 5 minutes of each other so it made it convenient. It also provided the opportunity for a variety of photos and backgrounds. We started the family portrait session out at a historic mansion. The property has a gorgeous landscape lined with a white fence. On the property there are a few beautiful buildings. When you have a combination of a beautiful landscape and buildings, it creates a beautiful backdrop. When you have a beautiful backdrop for your portraits, you get beautiful portraits.

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    Couple Portrait

    As you look at their portraits you will see that there was much planning that went into their outfits. This is a great example of how to dress for family portraits. We always get asked what to wear for our family portraits. We have actually designed an online magazine that help our family’s decide on what to wear. You will see that all four people in the family coordinate beautifully without being in the exact same color. To us, this is more pleasing to the eye. They choose one of two colors to run throughout everyone’s outfit.

    On Location Family Portraits

    We finished up photographing family portraits at the historic mansion property and headed to our second location. There we found a completely different look, style and background for our portraits. In all of our photo sessions we like to present our clients with a variety of images. As you can see, we achieved our goal.yorktown family photography

    Outdoor Family Portrait

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    Couple Portrait
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    Casual Family Portrait

    Isn’t it time to schedule your family portrait session? Contact us today!


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    Outdoor Family Portraits | The Hodges Family

    Outdoor Family Portraits

    Are you interested in having outdoor family portraits taken? Contact us today for more information.

    Outdoor Family Portrait

    Let me start by saying what an honor it is to photograph the Hodges family. We have been photographing them for years. We first met them in 2008 where Stu Hodges of Waters Edge Church, was officiating the wedding. I will tell you that in meeting both Stu and Tabitha Hodges, it was love at first sight.

    Shortly after that wedding, they brought us their children to us for a photography session. In 2010 Waters Edge Church hired us to photograph their live cd that they were recording. You can view some of those musician shots here.  In 2011, we started attending Waters Edge Church.

    We now have made photographing the Hodges family an annual event.

    Outdoor Family Portrait Sessions

    We love outdoor family portrait sessions. In creating great portrait sessions choosing the right location and the right lighting is key. We are always searching for great places to have our outdoor family portrait sessions. We have come to love Windsor Castle Park. 

    When we are looking for an outdoor location for photographing, we look for color, texture and lighting. Windsor Castle Park works perfectly for those three. We like to have interesting backgrounds in our images with color and texture. When you choose an area that has interesting backgrounds it adds visual stimulation for the viewer that otherwise could be quite boring. We often incorporate the landscape of where the photo session takes place. We do a balance of wide angle and telephoto shots. The reason for the wide angle is to incorporate the backgrounds. We want families to remember not only their photos but the experience they had on a photo session. We always try to create a great experience for all of our photography sessions. We want our families to remember what it was like. We want them to remember where they were. We want them to remember things that happened. Really, we want them to remember what a great experience they had.

    The last key element is lighting. As a photographer, lighting is everything. We often schedule our family portraits close to sunset so that we are able to capture the sweet light. We also incorporate some flash for great exposures and in some images moodiness.

    If you are a photographer and need help with your photographic lighting, this may help.


    Casual Family Portrait

    Relaxed Family Portrait

    Children’s Portraits and Sibling Portraits

    On every family photo shoot we will break away to photograph the children. When we are photographing them we will do different groupings. We always photograph the child together. We will pose them as a group and then also incorporate some casual, fun sibling portraits.

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    Fun Sibling Portrait
    Casual Sibling Portrait

    After photographing the siblings together, we will photograph the children individually.

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    Outdoor Beautiful Portrait

    Parent Portraits

    When we are photographing the family portrait session we also ensure that we get some great images of mom and dad.

    Couples Portrait
    Outdoor Couple’s Portrait

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    Here are some more of our favorite photos from their session.

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    Scheduling a Family Portrait Session

    Let me start with, never put off til tomorrow what I should do today. Many of you reading this have probably contemplated scheduling family portraits for a while, sometimes years. I understand because it used to be the same for me. I didn’t want to deal with coordinating outfits, choosing a location and most of all getting everyone’s schedules to agree.

    At Hayne Photographers, we make it easy for you to schedule your family portraits. We provide you with an online magazine that is a style guide and also we are happy to choose the location! The only thing that we can’t do is make your family’s schedule align.

    Check out more of our family portraits.

    Reasons You Should Schedule Your Family Portrait Session

    Memories. Family portrait sessions should be fun. When you set aside time as a family for your session you not only will get a great portrait, but a great memory from the experience.

    See the changes in your family yearly. Watching your child develop from a child to a teenager to an adult is all worthy of capturing in a great family portrait.

    Your children change from year to year.

    Your children are getting older and will be heading off to college.

    You have added a new family member. This could be a spouse, a baby or a pet.


    Are you ready to schedule your family portrait session? Contact us today!


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    Norfolk Family Portrait Photographer | The Koelling Family

    Norfolk Family Portrait Photographer

    Are you looking for a Norfolk family portrait photographer? We are family portrait photographers in Virginia as well as destination portrait photographers.

    Contact us today for more details regarding our family portrait sessions.

    Outdoor Family Portrait

    You can read more about our family portrait sessions here.

    Outdoor Family Portraits

    The holidays are a great time when family gathers together. That sometimes is the best time to schedule your family portrait session. For some families, their children are spread out all over the country and sometimes in different countries. That was the case for this beautiful family. Christmas was going to be exciting as they were all going to be together to celebrate.

    The Koelling family knew the importance of a family portrait. Gathering your family becomes increasingly more difficult as everyone grows up and starts their own career. Family portrait sessions become more and more sparse and therefore, more and more important. When was the last time that you scheduled a professional family portrait session?

    We love outdoor family photo sessions. We also love to incorporate the elements and structures of the area where we are photographing. When choosing where to have your family portrait session it is important to look at many elements.

    1. What will my backdrop be?

    2. Is there color, for contrast?

    3. What time of the day will be the best light?

    4. Which direction will the sun be setting?

    These are just a few questions to ask yourself.

    All of these questions, along with many other elements create a great family portrait.

    Beautiful Sibling Portrait
    Cool Family Portrait


    Poses and Groupings for a Family Portrait Session

    For all of our family portrait sessions we shoot a variety of poses and a variety of groupings. It is important that we capture all these different elements for our families. We always start with the full family portraits. This way, if there are young children, we make sure that we get a good solid portrait before the children lose interest.

    For the Koelling Family we wanted to make sure that we got the all girls and the all guys portrait.

    Mom with Daughters Portrait
    Dad and Son’s Portrait

    Then adding a more causal variation is always fun.

    Mom with Daughters – Casual Portrait


    Individual Portraits

    We then move on to individual portraits. Who wouldn’t want a great portrait of every person in their family?

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    One of the children are married in their family, so of course, taking a couple’s portrait is important.

    Couple’s Portrait

     Portraits of Mom and Dad

    As a photographer we never forget how important it is to capture great photos of mom and dad. Through out history mom and dad are always stuck behind the lens. When we talk a few moments to steal them away for a few photos, it is never regretted. Also, what child wouldn’t appreciate a great portrait of their mom and dad?

    Beautiful Mom & Dad Portrait
    Beautiful Photo of Mom & Dad

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    If you are ready to schedule your family portrait session, contact us today!