A Family Session at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge

August 25, 2016

Candid family photography out and about!

So often I see clients struggle with the choice between an in-home session and an outdoor session. No doubt, in-home sessions are special.  Our homes are packed with meaning and moments, and images taken in the home can unlock a treasure-trove of memories.  However, sometimes it just isn’t practical to do the session in your home, or maybe you prefer the look and feel of outdoor photographs.  Of course, there is no shortage of beautiful outdoor locations in Los Angeles, but sometimes doing a family session in a location unfamiliar to you (even if it’s beautiful and a favorite of your photographer) can feel a little… impersonal.

When you look back at your family photographs 10 years from now there are all sorts of memories that can come flooding back, but the first memory should not be of the session itself.  No one wants to stare at a photograph thinking “remember when we all dressed up and that photographer took our picture”.  One of the easiest ways to create more meaningful images is to choose a location that is special to you.  And, unless you’re true homebodies it’s pretty easy to find a beautiful, outdoor location that fits the bill.

For this session the family and I chose Descanso Gardens.  Descanso Gardens is a gorgeous botanical garden in La Canada Flintridge.  It’s a place the kids know well and which holds a lot of memories for the family.  We started the day with a few formal shots while everyone was still looking neat and tidy and then let the kids lead the way. They had a great time visiting their favorite spots and letting me in on their usual games.  The photographs I made that day are some of my favorites from the past few months.  And now the family has an album of images that unlock memories of not just that day, but many happy days before.

And here’s a quick tip for anyone researching photo shoot locations: call and ask!  Many people assume that they can’t shoot somewhere like Descanso without paying a steep location fee, but this is not always the case.  At Descanso, for example, any family that holds a family plus level membership  can schedule one professional shoot a year without a fee!

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