Family Sessions

Fun Classic Family Session in Corpus Christi, Texas

Being a photographer in Corpus Christi, you can imagine I get asked to shoot at the beach a lot, so it is always a nice change to get asked to do a family session somewhere else! Vanessa was certain she did NOT want to deal with the beach and wind and preferred more greenery and trees. Hans Suter Wildlife Refuge, or “Old Faithful” as I like to call it was the perfect spot. I loved how everyone was coordinating in black shirts but that they didn’t completely match with the style of shirt. A little variety is always best. On the day of the session poor little Jonah wasn’t feeling well and was not interested in letting go of his toy truck and his juice. Sometimes we have to just roll with the punches and in this case we all agreed to let him keep hold of those items. After all a toy truck in hand is better than a crying face. We made sure to get different group shots, just Vanessa’s mom and dad, just the siblings, etc. Toward the end of our session, Jonah looked like he was feeling a little better so we tried one last time to get a full group. It didnt go as planned but at least we tried and the photos will be fun to look back at when he is older.

I think we still got some absolutely beautiful portraits that are going to look amazing printed big on the wall. Can’t wait to get the large prints in a hopefully share a photo of it before it gets delivered!

Skylar & Shae Children's Session | Corpus Christi, Texas Photographer Kirby LeAnne Photography

As a photographer I feel I am never done learning my craft. Techniques evolve, equipment improves, and trends come and go. In order to serve my clients in the best way I possibly can I am always looking for new classes I can take. So, recently I started a month long course on POSING! Part of the class includes submitting an image for critique each week that fits within that week's assignment.

Last week we were focused on posing 2 or more people together. I took to Facebook looking for a couple cute kids to "model" for me and help me practice. After a few selections and last minute cancellations I contacted Krystina. She was so sweet to make it in with her kids on such short notice, but I am so glad she did because their session is one of my favorites. 

A lot of times kids can be pretty shy when they meet a new person for the 1st time. I usually spend the first part of our session warming them up to me, chatting about their favorite things, school, their friends.  When Skylar and Shae came in though I knew they were just going to be so much fun right from the get go!  

We whispered funny words, told secrets, laughed, and just had fun, getting amazing images in the process. This is my goal with any session, especially ones involving kids. I whole heartedly believe in capturing not just perfect posed smile, but really getting to know what makes them smile for REAL and capturing that! I work hard to get the lovely sweet faces every parent wants but I really love the real moments that show their personalities. Sometimes kids are silly and a little wild...and that is OKAY! They will never be this young, this spontaneous, this care-free again. It is all about preserving that free sprit to remember years and years down the road when their gap toothed smiles and silly faces have become a foggy memory.

Watch the slideshow below to see all the adorable images from my session with Skylar and Shae and send me an email here to set up a session for YOUR kids!  

5 Tips for Successful Children's Sessions - Corpus Christi, Texas Photographer

5 Tips for Successful Children's Sessions - Corpus Christi, Texas Photographer

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always cooperative when it comes to a photoshoot, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming sessions.

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Family Session Style

I recently had the pleasure of working with the Alaniz family for some family portraits! This was pretty special because they were a referral, of a referral, of a referral, of a referral! WHAT?! Seriously, it means the world to have people that I have worked with enjoy their session and photos so much that they send other people they know to me!

As soon as they hopped out of the car I noticed this family is a great example of coordinating without "matching"!  Gone are the days of family portraits where everyone has jeans or khakis and the same white polo shirt.

A statement piece - like the plaid vest - adds visual interest and can be a great jumping off point for choosing a color palette!

When Planning for your family session there are a few key points to keep in mind that will keep you and your crew looking and feeling your best!!

  • DO pick a color palette - Ideally 3 or 4 colors that coordinate - think neutrals tans and creams for a dreamy look - or-  black with some white and one or 2 fun colors for a bold look.
  • DON'T be afraid of bold colors - choosing one bold color for one or two family members with small pops of that color in others accessories adds fun drama.
  • DO go for various textures - a furry vest, lace dress, leather belt or ribbed sweater will photograph beautifully and add some dimension and interest to your photos.
  • DON'T try to think of everyone's outfit at once - Pick 1 person/outfit that speaks to you and build from there. Usually mom or a young girl's outfit is easiest. Pick colors from that outfit to dress everyone else!
  • DO Accessorize!! -  A fun hat, soft flowy scarf, or statement jewelry adds visual interest. Guys can go for a tie or leather jacket.  Not only do they look great but they can be fun to play with during the session for some more unique posing and images.
  • DON'T go pattern crazy - while patterns are fun and interesting not everyone should wear a pattern. Choose One and then coordinate by using the colors within the pattern.
  • DO think CLASSIC - the idea is for these photos to be displayed in your home and passed down for generations. Choose colors that will coordinate with your home décor and will also stand the test of time. 


Hopefully these tips will have you feeling calm, cool, and confident for your upcoming family session!  If you still aren't sure where to start check out Pinterest by searching "family photo styling"  - OR ask your photographer for help!

A simple solid dress is taken to a new level with the fun texture and bold color of the plaid vest.

A simple solid dress is taken to a new level with the fun texture and bold color of the plaid vest.

Grey, Navy, and Red are carried through each outfit perfectly for coordinating looks in any grouping.

Grey, Navy, and Red are carried through each outfit perfectly for coordinating looks in any grouping.