THOMAS F. RILEY FAMILY SESSION

What do you get when you combine perfect light, a couple of rambunctious kids, simple, clean attire and a super fun, playful family? Pure magic! This family was a joy to capture in one of my favorite photo locations in Orange County, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. Between the golden fields and always-beautiful golden hour, this OC family photo backdrop always lets its subjects take center stage and never fails to impress. I can’t wait to shoot with this beautiful family again once their new baby joins them!

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WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR FAMILY PHOTOS

What to wear during your family session is one of the top questions I’m asked by my clients. My first response is always to choose something that you feel happy and comfortable wearing. Secondly, I usually recommend lighter colors in coordinating tones, pieces that allow for a little movement and flow and nothing overly trendy. This family chose really great outfits that worked so well in the rustic field setting.

Here are a few outfit options for mom // dad // kid // baby

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LET THE KIDS BE KIDS

My top secret for getting incredible family photos when little kids are involved? Let the kids be kids and let them lead. I never fight against their natural desire to play, run around and have fun. If you allow them to enjoy themselves, not only will you have a much better result in the end, but the memories you’ll capture will be so genuine and a perfect reminder of this little slice of time. Trust me when I say, later when you look back at the images, you’ll be much happier with them if they truly embody your family and feel authentic, rather than if they feature forced smiles and an artificial vibe.

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These are some of my very favorite images I’ve ever captured at Riley Wilderness Park.Orange-County-Family-Photos

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This family is the sweetest and their is already so much love for the new baby!

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Such a fun Thomas F. Riley Family Session! Check out another favorite OC family session at Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park right here! And read more about my approach to family photography and what to except during your OC family photo session here.