Planning for your Hudson Valley Family Golden Hour Photography Session

A family spending time together during a summer sunset

Hudson Valley and the Catskills Family Lifestyle Photography

All you need to know to plan a beautiful session for your family

Have you been thinking that this is the time you are looking to document your family experience? There is no better time than the present. Now more than ever, people are seeing the beauty of their present moments in a whole new way. Time waits for no one, and I have a passion and pull to document not only my own family, but for your beautiful family also. I have built my business with your family in mind- doing my best to make the process smooth, stress free, and so much fun! Here are some helpful tips to get you started on planning a golden hour outdoor photography session.

  • Timing is key. My outdoor sessions all take place around “golden hour” – the hour after sunrise, and before sunset. This light is flattering for portraits, but also so important for me in documenting your emotive family experience. With small kids, please keep in mind the times of sunrise and sunset when planning your session. Summer morning and evenings are amazing- but be prepared for an early sunrise or late sunset. Fall, winter, and spring are a bit more forgiving with timing.

  • Styling is so important! I offer all of my families access to a personal styling service, Style and Select, to help with styling your session. I also offer my own tips and guidance to share what photographs well, but also reflects your personal style. I am always here to help as well! Don’t over look this. You want to be comfortable with how you look in your family’s photographs.

  • I keep my sessions laidback and fun. Look- I know that this is most likely your husband’s least favorite activity for your day! But almost always at the end, husbands say, “that was it!?” Sessions with me should feel a lot like a laidback, natural, and fun evening with your family. You are in a beautiful location, get to be yourselves, and enjoy the moment. I will pose at times, but also let natural moments unfold.

I have so much more info to share! If you are interested in learning more about a session experience with me, send me an email! I’d love to connect!


I wholeheartedly believe in the power of authentic documentation. Our stories and truths are not only a gift for ourselves, but also through the generations, becoming treasured keepsakes as proof of our place and time. My passion lies in storytelling that focuses on your present moments. Whether our adventures take us deep into the Hudson Valley, high in the Catskill Mountains, or within the comfort of your home, it is always about where you are meant to be and where you feel the most alive.