How to work with many young children during a photo shoot. | Seattle Family Photographer


How to work with many young children during a photo shoot. | Seattle Family Photographer

I am completely honored to be able to photograph so many families each year. I know that as a photographer it can be a difficult task when a family has many little ones. I also know as a parent it can be nerve wracking when you worry about how your young children will behave during your annual photo session. I want to offer some tips that I think will help both the photographer and the parents.

Manage your expectations. These are children and shouldn’t be expected to act like adults.

Children are, well, children. The good news is I am a lifestyle family photographer so my style allows for more silliness and less everyone looking at the camera.

Allow the children to move in between guiding and posing.

Again, these are children. Arrange them in a pose and guide and direct quickly. Then, allow for a small break. Let them run around and explore for a few minutes then bring them back for a new pose. This makes the whole session more playful and fun.

Embrace the chaos. This family isn’t expecting you to work miracles.

It isn’t a surprise to the family that their kiddos are active. ;) Just photograph them quickly and make sure you have a plan so that you do get the shots you need. But be okay with a little crazy.

Have fun! Family photography should be laid back and enjoyable. So…. enjoy yourself.


Adorama Photo Walk in NYC | Urban Family Photoshoot Ideas


Adorama Photo Walk in NYC | Urban Family Photoshoot Ideas

Urban or street photography is somewhat common. But Urban Family Photography is a bit more new to the industry.

I hear a lot of photographers ask “what do you do about the other people all over?” “How do you deal with distracting objects in the background?”

When photographing a family in an urban setting I suggest that you really embrace what makes the city so lively. Warn your clients that there will be some “strangers” in the background in some of the photos. Don’t try and wait for cars to pass, allow the traffic to be part of the story.

Take advantage of the colors and textures that are present in an urban setting.

I pose and guide EXACTLY the same as I would in a field or at a beach, I just embrace the surroundings.

That being said. I do try and find a few spots where I can grab a few portraits without too many distractions. I do this but placing my family right up against a building or by finding a little park nearby.

Don’t be afraid to think on your feet. In the shoot featured here, we walked around the Union Square area in New York City and stopped when we saw fun and beautiful areas. A fire station, an ice cream truck, a public market. We simply enjoyed ourselves.

This shoot was part of my Photo Walk that I did with Adorama last month. There were 50 students along with me. It was super fun!

Have fun and be creative with your next urban session. I know I love doing them!


Why In Home Family Portrait Photography is So Important  | Seattle Family Photographer


Why In Home Family Portrait Photography is So Important | Seattle Family Photographer

In home family photography is the perfect way to capture a family exactly how they are. It’s meaningful and relaxed, which is especially perfect when there’s a new baby.

One of the best parts about having an in-home session is that you don’t have to pack up all of your things and go anywhere. Your family can just relax and be themselves while being captured authentically. Plus, the aesthetics of your home are included in the session, making a nice keepsake as well.

This beautiful family was photographed by our amazing associate, Chelsea. She did such a great job and actually brought the mother to tears when she viewed her gallery. We wanted to share some of her kind words about this session and a few highlights below:

“Chelsea! I just got our photos! I am in tears. I’ve never really seen myself as a mama until seeing these pictures. You captured us beautifully! I will cherish these pictures more than you know.”


Family Posing Made Easy | Course for Family Photographers by Elena S Blair


Family Posing Made Easy | Course for Family Photographers by Elena S Blair

If you sign up for my Family Posing Made Easy course, I share ALL of my base poses for connected family posing. You will be given actionable steps that you will be able to implement immediately. I will share with you exactly what I say to execute each pose. You will get tips on how to maximize each pose so you can get as many images as possible from each pose. You will learn how to make each pose unique to both your artistic style and each individual family's dynamic. 

In addition, you will be added to an amazing online community of active family photographers from all over the world. We host monthly cover contests and below are this month's cover submissions. Check them out and click the button below to learn more about Family Posing Made Easy!

Cover photo by Karra Cappelli.

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Karra Cappelli "The course has made me more vocal and confident with my families!"

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Mary Ann Cozza "This course was exactly what I was looking for, but didn't know how to ask for. The clear instructions and visual examples helped me put my vision into action. Plus, it gave me the confidence to break some photography rules I thought I needed to follow. Thanks!" |

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Sarah Hailey "I love Elena's posing course. The way she broke everything down really resonated with me. It a wonderful guide that left me with a ton of posing ideas that I can modify to fit any family." | |

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Shannon Garbaccio "The best thing about Elena's class is that you can take the base poses she gives you and completely make them your own. It helps you understand where to start, and then the sky's the limit!" | |

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Cari Anne Bradley "Elena’s teachings have been such a blessing!!" | |

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Kellie Benich "My beautiful friend's due date is TODAY! I'm diving in with practicing what I've learned from Elena's family posing made easy guide - I love how you can just forget the "rules" and focus on capturing the family's love and personality unfold."

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Jodie Faulder "Elena is an advocate for so many, and I know she wants so much for us all. I appreciate how giving of her time and knowledge she is. Her courses and materials have given me support and power to direct, but to also to let things 'be'. I don't feel intense pressure before a shoot as I know I am equipped to handle a few scenarios or options that will allow me to deliver a great gallery."

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Rebecca Lueck "This course has made such a difference in my posing and helping me get more variety. I feel like I was running out of ideas and this has reenergized my brain! The poses are adaptable to your situation and I personally like to try and create games within the pose, or think of fun or sweet prompts to use with them."


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Kristen Pay "This course was pivotal in me overcoming fears and stepping out of my comfort zone. It was a turning point in my career. It helped guide me on how to direct people - not just families, but couples as well. The ideas and posing directions have helped me become even more creative in my own ideas. It's so nice to have a resource that not only teaches and explains, but also provides a great reference, and "starting point" that you can build off of." |

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Schooled Online | Fine Art School Photography Course for Photographers


Schooled Online | Fine Art School Photography Course for Photographers

I created Schooled Online as way for photographers to create business and stay busy during normally slow months by adding Fine Art School Portraits to their offerings. 

There is TONS of content in this course, plus you also get access to all of my school photography templates including emails, model releases, contracts, checklists, and more! 

We have an active Facebook group community where you can ask quesitons and interact with your peers, in addition to watching weekly live Q&As. We also host monthly cover contests!

Below are this month's cover contest submissions. Be sure to check out the work of my incredible students and click the button to learn if adding School Portraits is right for your business!

Cover photo by Lara Fisher Skanchy.

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Sara Thom "This course has been amazing! I’m going to give some fine art school portraits a go as minis this fall to see how it goes! I’m so excited to start offering these!!" | |

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Shannon Garbaccio "Elena's Schooled class is a complete "kit" that you can take and get going on your school photo business right away. She has such simple systems that are so easy to use. It's a great way to diversify your business." | |

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Tanielle Randall "As a mom, I was never fond of traditional school portraits. The kids always looked stiff and uncomfortable. Finding Elena course has been a blessing because I am able to capture authentic images of children. Just getting started but looking forward to a great school year!" | |

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Nathalie Amlani "Elena’s course is straight to the point and has provided the direction and insights I needed to get started in school photography, thank you!" | |

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Amy Semmens "I have loved what I’ve learnt from Elena’s course and am so excited to bring another income stream to my business outside of seasonal work. Thanks so much for your amazing teachings Elena xx"

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Courtney Zito "Photography has always been a passion, but all of Elena’s courses & workshops have given me the confidence and skill set to thrive as a small business owner. I purchased Schooled on May 17th, and had my first school session two weeks later! This course is a game-changer! Thanks Elena!" | |

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Katie Kueck "I’m excited to start with my first school this year after leaving a career in medicine to have more flexibility and time with my kids (one is modeling for me above!)." | |

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Maggie McCabe "It's really thanks to Elena that I took this leap to begin with. This Schooled course especially was the final tipping point. I'm so excited to begin offering this service. I'm still working on putting all of the finishing touches on my portfolio and marketing material but all of Elena's materials and videos have been incredibly helpful and thorough." | |

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Vanessa Brack "I was looking to work more while my kids were in school and less in the evenings and on weekends. School photography is perfect for that and Elena's class has been invaluable to me." |

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Kelly Power "I stumbled across the Schooled class about 2 years ago on Instagram and signed up immediately. I was looking for a way to work on the same schedule of my girls. I just added my 3rd preschool this week. I can happily say I now have summers off and my youngest will start a pre-K 4 this fall so I have more life/work balance without having to look for clients year around." |

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Elise Roseann "This course has given me confidence in what I can achieve. I have all the tools I need to make this work, I couldn't recommend it enough. My first school is in October!" | |