Lifestyle Photography

Jane is One | Philadelphia Family Photographer | Almond Photography

In honor of Jane's First Birthday, her parents decided to invest in a family session with me instead of a big party. Which makes total sense, because to Jane it's just another day. Another day of waking up, eating breakfast, having her parents choose her outfit, going to the park + tottering around as her parents hold on + let go as she needs them. She doesn't know what flavor of cake is her favorite, + she doesn't have a birthday wish list. But she did spend her birthday doing everything she loves at exactly age one. Her parents have given her a physical memento of this time in her life + the love that surrounds her now + always.  I can't think of a better First Birthday gift. 

To schedule your session for yourself, and your family, use the contact section. I'd love to spend some time with you.

Rehoboth Beach Photographer | Beach Family Session | Almond Photography

One of Lindsay’s summer traditions is spending a weekend at the beach with her sons. No husband, just her and her little boys in Rehobeth Beach, DE. So we spent the morning doing pretty average activities; finishing breakfast, getting dressed, negotiating how many toys the boys could bring in the car with them, running from the surf and, of course, ice-cream for second breakfast.

Use the contact section to find out how easy it is to have your family's traditions documented today.

Philadelphia Family Photographer | The G Family | Almond Photography

Want to know something? I love uneventful, average mornings. I love them in my own life, and I especially love them for family sessions. It leaves room for all the in-between moments to unfold without interruption or pressure.

I spent the morning with this sweet family a few weeks ago. They spent the morning doing what every family with little ones do. Do her ponytail. Play with Playdoh, plead for the toddler to put her shirt back on, feed the baby, change the baby, feed the baby. Explain to her that you can't play right now, because you're feeding the baby (she's not used to sharing mommy just yet). Let the dogs out, let them back in. Re-do her ponytail. Read a story. Get ready for school. Explain to a little girl who is at an age where she only understands time that is relative to RIGHT NOW that she doesn't start at her new school for two more weeks. Re-do her ponytail.

Yes, that's an average morning for many families who have little ones + a brand new baby. But it looks different for everyone because of how our unique relationships + interactions are with one another. 

Ready to document your "average" morning with your family? Use the Contact section to see how easy it is to set up a session for yourself. 

Sloane: 5 Months Old Mini Session | Philadelphia Family Photographer | Almond Photography

If you live in the North East, you know what nearly all of the end of last week felt like. The air was heavy with humidity + every living thing was thirsty for rain. It was during this oppressive heat wave that we did Sloane's Mini Session. On top of that? Sloane was teething something fierce. 

For Sloane, the only thing that can comfort her through such a rough morning (not in order of importance) is 1) No clothes and 2) Mommy. So what I'm getting to is, this is Sloane on a "bad" day. 

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Summer Mini Session | Almond Photography | Pottstown Family Photographer

Last week, I had the pleasure of getting together with Mary, her mother + her two daughters. A little anxious about the 30 minute time limit put on a Mini Session, Mary told me, "If you get ONE of her (the oldest, Emily) smiling, I'll be happy." But I knew it wouldn't be an issue. The only job Emily had that morning was to play with her mom, sister + grandmother. And that's something she knows how to do very well. 

Summer Mini Sessions can be scheduled during the week the ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY! Please use the contact section to schedule your spot before they're all gone. 

5 Ideas for the Perfect Summer Family Session / Almond Photography / Family Photographer

Even after reading what a Documentary Style session is, it can still be a little intimidating to think about how this type of session might apply to your life. My preference? The more average-day session, the better! Here are a few session ideas I know you can envision in your family.

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Have ideas that aren't on my list? Are you thinking of things you love to do with your family, and it's occurring to you that you don't have any photos of you doing it ALL together with you in the photos as well? Let's talk about that. Contact me today to chat more about what your family's summer session will look like, you will love how easy this is. My availability for July is quite open + I'd love to set a date on the calendar for you before another summer passes us by. 

An Ocean City, NJ Family Session | Almond Photography

The smell of saltwater in the air, the boggy bay as you cross the bridge into the city, the warm, beckoning call of waffle cones + funnel cakes. If you grew up in the Philadelphia area, you know these are all familiar smells of the much loved family vacation spot, the Jersey Shore.

Most of us in the area have countless memories + stories from taking vacations with our families to this popular destination. When Elise + her family came to me to do a Family Session in Ocean City with three generations, I fell in love with the idea instantly.

Three little girls, two sets of parents + one set of grandparents met me by Music Pier in Ocean City on a Saturday morning after texts were fired back + forth the 48 hours prior about the rain threatening our session. Parents were admittedly nervous about getting the little ones to cooperate, but there is no “cooperation” needed during these sessions; just let the kids do as they may + they will create moments we could never imagine that are priceless. And they did just that. So here are my favorite moments from my time down the shore with the Canale family.

transitions / A Virginia Family Session

When I arrived at their home in Virginia, they were exhausted. Baby Lucas has been eating nonstop and when he’s not eating or sleeping, he is crying. Joe stands up + stretches, “I have to go drop his blanket off at school for nap time. I told him I would, and he’ll remember and be upset if I don’t.” Amanda + Joe exchange a look of “I love that sweet boy”. This propels us into a conversation about Caleb + his transition of being an only child to a big brother. Caleb is completely in love with Lucas. He sings to him, soothes him, and is gentle with him. But he’s still just 4 years old + not used to sharing his parent’s attention + time. Pouty faces + comments from him like, “You were snuggling Lucas, but I want you to snuggle me.” “You don’t spend time with me anymore!”  leave Amanda (and Joe, I see you!) in tears. This transition is hard. Their family-of-three dynamic has shifted + everyone is holding on tightly to each other until the turbulence ceases. They have a million reasons to keep someone from coming in their house + documenting all of this.

But what they want to be reminded of is the immense love that exists in this house. And that’s where I come in. Because this is what matters…

The games they play with Caleb that they’ve made up themselves with hilarious anecdotes to follow. The care in Caleb’s voice as he sings Lucas the lullaby he learned from his mother tickling his back and singing to him each night before bed (twice). How everything from opening straws at a restaurant, to putting on baby powder during bed time is a fun adventure. The way this family comes together + does the right thing for the other in every moment of every day.

Client Story // Megan // New state, new house, new baby and what happened when she decided to have a session during this chaotic time.

I'll be the first to admit it. I know that scheduling a Lifestyle Documentary Session can trigger some concerns & maybe even some stress. That's why I take the time to talk to my clients before the session to make sure there's an opportunity to air out concerns & come up with a rough plan of how the session will go. I recently had the absolute pleasure of working with Megan's family who just moved here to PA from Utah. Baby Clark was just 5 days old when I came to do the session, and Megan had a few things she was concerned about before the session started. Read on to see what Megan's concerns were & how they panned out during their session.

Concerns Before the Session.

  • "We just moved here from Utah." Things weren’t set up. Furniture hadn’t been bought for many of the rooms in the house. I explained to Megan that this would be a really interesting marker to document because the house will only change drastically as they live there. It's great to document things in the condition they're in now, especially when you know it's only temporary. 

  • "Is it okay if I have to feed the baby? Is that factored into the time?" I assured her that not only is it factored in, it's encouraged! Feedings are a BIG and important part of life & bonding during these first few days, so I like to document that as long as everyone is comfortable with it. 

  • "I have two other boys, 5 & 3. The three year old is not used to not being the baby yet, so he's not too happy these days." There will be times where he is laughing and having fun, and I'll capture that. There will also be times where he's melting down, and I'll get that too. The kids do not have to behave for me. They can be silly & break down & be themselves and it's not going to throw me off at all. 

So, how'd it go?

"I love how it was very real. I did feel very comfortable because you were so good with the kids and because of our communication prior, I knew if my kids were misbehaving or just being silly that wouldn’t matter, that would just make the pictures more memorable, so I felt much more relaxed during the shoot. I had written down a plan and it went totally not that way, but I was okay with it! I also didn’t realize you got so many good ones of Clark’s fuzzy arms & legs that I love.

 It was such a good thing for our family cause it was in the middle of the chaos of the baby arriving we had to go back to, “What do our boys like doing?” We had to think more about them than we probably would’ve. We can still continue with the things that we love to do and make everyone of us a priority, even though the baby is here now.  It was kind of like a reset. We can still continue with the things that we love to do and make everyone of us a priority, even though the baby is here now." 

Documentary Lifestyle Session : What it is, what it isn't & how it fits into EVERYONE'S life (yes, I'm talking to YOU!)

What does “documentary” mean? Aren’t these photos we could be taking ourselves if it’s just of our everyday life? Does it have to be in my home? How am I ever going to act natural knowing I’m getting my photo taken?

What a Documentary Lifestyle Session is not:

It is not an occasion where you need to gussy up your family in matching outfits and PRAY the kids don’t sneeze/wipe their hands/breathe on them. It is not a session where your children need to sit still and behave for the camera. It is not an occasion for you to get someone to deep clean your home. It is not something you should put off until you lose “the baby weight”. 

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So, okay. Then what is it?

It’s a morning in your kitchen while your kids ask 10 times if breakfast is ready. It’s an afternoon blowing bubbles in the backyard and the silly songs in the car on the way to get ice cream.

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It’s the look on your face as you close your eyes and breath in that newborn smell before it fades away. The gentle way you pass the baby to each other while one trades off to burp after a feeding. It’s the big tantrums. It’s the soft twirl of your finger as you play with the hair on the back of your 1-year-old’s neck as she wakes up from her nap, still shy and sleepy-eyed. 

And yes, we take one, group shot with everyone looking at the camera. But trust me, that one won't be the one you want framed on your wall. 

But why would I want this session? If these are everyday moments, can't I just get those photos on my phone myself?

Right now, this session is for you. It’s to see the look in your children’s faces when they’re interacting with you. To see the gentle way your oldest handles the baby of the family. I know you have a phone filled with images of your children nestled on the couch, but how many of those tender moments are you documented in?


In the long run, it’s for them. Think of some of your family photos. The conjure up  memories of that one sweater mom used to wear all.the.time. The sound of someone coming down the stairs into your childhood living room.  Wishing you could go back to that part of your life; where you could fit in your mom’s lap and press your ear to her chest to hear the sound of her voice in her chest as she talks.

What they don’t conjure up?  Judgements about the clutter on the coffee table. The fullness in her face. Your dad's five-o-clock shadow. That pimple on her chin. The mismatched, dirty socks your brother is wearing

The Breakdown. I will help you come up with an idea for a session & give you some tips on clearing out the major clutter so you can feel comfortable and confident in the home you've built with your family. I will come to your home & photograph you in your element. I will play with your kids, listen to your family inside jokes & document your subtle interactions with each other.

What you’ll get back will be a curation of your most intimate connections with your family for you to treasure now, and your children to hold dear later. 

So, what are you waiting for? Your 6-year-old's adult front teeth to come in? Your newborn to loose that ear and back fuzz? The time is always right for this session, so CLICK HERE to contact me today to get started on the Lifestyle Session that is right for your family.

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