3 Things I Love About Photographing Families

Over the years I have documented countless families.  Whether it be a spring mini session, a fall session, a milestone session, one thing is true, families are involved.

When I look back over my work there are a few things that stand out from all of these sessions and it comes down to the magical number, 3.

3 things I love about photographing families


black and white portrait of grandparents laughing with their grandchildren

1. Photography sessions bring families together.

Look I know the anguish and build up of making sure everyone arrives to a session on time, in one piece, without any visible stains on their clothes (or food on their faces), that hair is perfect, smiles are bright, children aren’t banshees.

But guess what?  Even if none of that happens, it’s all going to be okay.

At the end of the day, you’ll have these moments of your babies snuggling your parents.

Brothers and sisters, and grandmoms, and grandkids, and nieces and nephews together.

In one place.

You will have these images to keep forever. As will your parents.  And your children. And their children.

To look back on and smile upon.

Extended family photo on gorgeous fall setting


2. Real, true, heartfelt love.

Here’s the thing, when you let go of the worry of straight smiles or fly away hairs, you fall into place with your loved ones.

You allow yourself to just be in the moment.

Maybe that means a warm embrace.

Husband and wife hugging in a field

Or a sweet kiss on the cheek.

Anyway you shake it, I see love.

Loving embrace between mother and daughter


3. You, in pictures.

And this one quite possibly might be the most important one of all.

You and I both know it.  The world knows it.

You are the one who grabs the phone in an attempt to capture a loving moment between your daughters.  You grab the phone to document their first day of school.

Whatever the reason though, you weren’t in the frame.  And quite frankly, that sucks.

Want to know why?

Here goes.

You, my dear, are their everything.  You are their world.  Their sun, their moon, their light, their stars.

You bandage skinned knees, you braid hair, your kiss them goodnight.

You are their everything.

And it’s time you got in the picture.  I promise you won’t regret it.

Smiling mother and daughters crouching together for their portrait sessionFamily laughing and playing together during their portrait sessionLoving and playful family during their golden hour portrait session

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Welcome to Katie Oblinger Photography! 

This is where you will find happiness, candid moments, real, unabashed love, genuine people and the occasional photo of my child.  This is where you can come to enjoy the moments families share.  The moments of pure joy.  The moments I hope you'll soon create for yourself. I'm so glad you are here.