Maureen O'Shay Photography » Senior and Family Portrait Photographer

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July Featured Family: Meet The Thomsen Family

Before every session, I ask my clients what words would they use to describe their ideal portrait session. The July Family of the Month – the Thomsen’s said: “natural, peaceful, having fun, laughing, connected” – and after looking at these images below, you can see we did just that! I’ve blogged about the importance of the in-person consultation – since that is where we plan out the session, get to know each other better, and choose the location — and how that can make all the difference in how your images turn out (check that blog entry out here) and it works. As you can see below, the chosen location was just perfect – we had a great sunrise on the bayou (natural and peaceful and connected) and then had a great time running around Exploration Park with the kids (having fun, laughing and connected – again!). The family’s wardrobe was on point and everyone was comfortable.

Here’s a little bit more from mom Cory, about the session, in her own words:

Tell us a little about your session experience:
Maureen put the whole family instantly at ease. Her friendly and playful demeanor made everyone feel comfortable and relaxed, which made the whole session more fun. So much fun in fact, that our kids asked about when we could do it again! 🙂

Where was your session held and why? We spend so much of our time at parks in the area. We chose Exploration Park because it’s a place we’ve enjoyed visiting as a family a few times before, and at the same time, it would be a bit special for the kids.

What did you like about your location?
You found that awesome creek view in the background for those initial sunrise shots. I loved it because biking along the bayou is something we enjoy doing as a family! I like that we had the park mostly to ourselves and could run freely around without having to worry about getting in others’ way and vice versa. And as an added bonus, I think the colors of the playground equipment worked well with our wardrobe palette.

Any advice to other families?
Choose a location that aligns with an activity that your family would do anyway. Wear something that makes you feel confident, and are also comfortable so everyone feels like themselves.

What do you hope your kids/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?
I hope they remember having an awesome childhood surrounded by laughter and love.