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Spring is almost here in Alaska. I can feel it. The days are getting longer and the skies are brighter. I am super inspired and stoked to offer my annual Mommy and Me sessions. Those portrait session are dedicated to celebrate motherhood and and connections, bonds with our children.

Ive been thinking, how often do we get photographed with our precious mothers or maybe even grandmothers if we have any left? Sad truth, not that often at all, very seldom…

If you are like me, you love your mother and cherish every moment spent together. I truly believe that we need to make a point and photograph with our closest loved ones as much as we can. Those photographs become priceless, and it is something that your children can look back and appreciate the family history that has been created for them.


When it comes to photographing in-home sessions. I always appreciate good natural light and always encourage my clients to declutter their space as much as they can. The minimal the better and it creates that non distractive minimal space. Another great tip is to plan a session in the first time of the day when the baby is rested and fed that way we can get the most smiles and giggles. Luckily baby Violet was just a happy baby in general.


So here are few tips how to get the most out of your in home portrait session:

  1. Be well rested, wear clean clothes, tidy up the house and be ready to have fun.

  2. Outfits: I suggest more simple, non flashy colored, pastel tones like yellows and pinks work well. Also when you book with Rawsome photography you get an access to styling inspiration on how to color coordinate and create seamless outfits.

  3. As a mother myself, I understand that time is everything when it comes to capturing amazing photographs of super busy little kiddos and babies. Which is why be ready and be on time for your portrait session and I will make sure to take care of you.


3. For an in-home session best time of the day is in when there is full daylight and the baby and everyone is rested, fed and happy.

4. When photographing a baby time is ticking, one of the best ways to keep baby’s attention is to have their favorite toy, keep it positive, smile and laugh, engage with the baby. I keep it simple and fun.

5. And Lastly, this in-home Mommy and Me session lasted around one hour. As you can see in the picture below she was ready for her afternoon nap, which gave me an opportunity to photograph few intimate moments of her mommy Abigail snuggling her.

I love these unexpected moments, less posed, just the way they are unique to each family that I photograph. Those moments are real and raw. I strive to capture emotions, connection, bond, and something truly meaningful for my clients, something that they would value for a lifetime. Being a family photographer is a true calling and a blessing, it’s a gift to be able to meet these families, get to know them and watch them grow. It is so valuable for me as a photographer to nurture those relationships and become lifetime friends!

Five simple tips to prepare for a family portrait session

As we live in Alaska, it is tough at times to prepare properly for family portrait session. We have so many variables to keep in mind. Here are five tips that may help you to prepare best:

  1. DON’T MATCH - COORDINATE COLORS. Meaning, try to coordinate colors and not dress all green or yellow. Pastels, neutral colors of bright and vibrant colors. Keep it simple: solid colors photograph well. Avoid anything with big logos, graphics or busy patterns.

Mother daughter bond. Crista and Ayla.

Mother daughter bond. Crista and Ayla.

2. DRESS COMFORTABLY. It’s Alaska! we have mud, and mosquitoes, it also is breezy and rainy at times. Make sure you have comfortable shoes with you just in case we will take a hike to our location destination.

3. WEAR ACCESSORIES. If you know me already, I love incorporating different accessories into portrait sessions. It is a great way to show more character and make it more fun. Also, perfect for children’s photography, - show off your children’s fun style that’s fitted and comfortable.


4. MAKE UP AND HAIR. Always wear clean hair. For the ladies I recommend wearing some powder to reduce shine in photographs also your favorite lipstick or lipgloss. Most importantly, I want you to feel beautiful and comfortable. For men - clean shaven or well groomed beard is fine.

5. MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FUN and SHOW UP ON TIME. it is important not to be late to your portrait session, as for us photographers we schedule to catch the best light of the day and location for your session. We want you to be relaxed, to have fun, enjoy and trust the process of being photographed.