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Why I Love Family Photography

Ok, confession time.  When I first started photographing families, I would actually get excited when the parents said they didn’t want to be in the pictures.  I know, horrible.  Let’s face it – kids are just easier to photograph.  They are fun, they are care free.  They have no egos and don’t worry about how they look.  They are pure and everything they do (well, within reason, lol) is beautiful.

Families are a different story.  Moms worry about what they look like.  Dads sometimes would rather be anywhere else.  Parents worry about how their kids are acting and get sad or worried this investment they just made was for nothing.  Initially, that was why I would dread doing family sessions.

Time passed.  It took a lot of work, and a lot of mistakes and a lot of happy accidents to figure out how the heck to get real family images.  I had to get creative to get the right reactions from adults to make photographs that made them realize just how perfect their family was.  Through time I learned is that imperfect is perfect.  I learned that, to me, giggles and hugs make better pictures than everyone standing perfectly side by side.  That realness is beautiful and THAT is where a great family photo begins.  That’s what I wanted to photograph.

So, below a little sampling of what you might get from me in a family session.  If you are looking for that perfect posed images – yes, I take them too.  However, nine times out of ten they are not the ones that end up as artwork on walls.  I promise you that.

I wanted to write this to tell new clients what to expect.  If you are looking for just a shot of your family where everyone is perfectly posed and looking into the camera – I am not the photographer for you.  There are a million family photographers in Westchester and Greenwich.  There is something, literally, for everyone.

However, if you want a loving, fun, happy image that shows your family as they are everyday?  Being silly and laughing?  I’m your girl.

At our session, expect to cuddle.  Expect to hug and kiss and wrestle and love on each other like no one is watching.  Expect to laugh, to be silly and to maybe do things you didn’t think you would do.  (Heck, I’ve had a mom moon her daughter and it was one of my favorite moments EVER.) Expect me to make you all hold each other and to say, “Get closer, even closer, even closer!” until you are laughing at how weird/awesome/great it feels.  Expect to leave saying, hey, that was kind of fun!   Yes, even dads.

THAT is why I do what I do and that is what is different about my work.  It’s why family sessions are my favorite to do.  It’s not work.  It’s play.

I can’t wait to play with you.

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Child photographer Rye, NY and Greenwich, CT Cristina Coco

2014 was quite a whirlwind of a year.  I honestly can’t believe how it flew by as I sit here going through all the images I took.  It’s amazing to me how I am brought into all of these families lives – I am so honored to do my job and I have so much fun on every single shoot.

It’s been brought to my attention that I don’t share as much as I should (ok, ok, so it was mostly from my mom…).  I usually put an image or two on Facebook, and that’s about it.  So now that it’s slowed down a bit I’ve decided to start sharing images from 2014.  No rhyme or reason to the order I’m presenting them, just as I go through the images to update my website I figured it would be best to highlight some of these fantastic people.  The session I picked today was because I remember feeling such joy through the entire shoot.  Everyone was happy to be there, there were laughs and fun and I honestly felt happy as soon as I started looking at the images again.

So enjoy this wonderful family.  This was a surprise birthday present for their dad – I hope that he loved it as much as I did.  He’s probably the only person that could love it more!

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Welcome to Cristina Coco Photography Studio, Rye, NY

I’ve been wanting to show you a peek inside the studio for quite some time now!  I finally took some interior shots to share with you.  The studio has been a dream for such a long time.  I really wanted it to be calming and peaceful and love the reaction my clients and friends have when they walk through the door.  I also really wanted it to be fun and kid friendly.  Which is why, this is one of the first thing that greets you when you walk in the door…

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It’s a small spot, and exactly what I needed.  I’ve managed to give myself a nice work area and a perfect shooting room for babies and small kids.  I’ve also been doing a ton of head shots for authors, bloggers and corporate.  Most importantly, my Sweet and Simple Sessions have been such a popular item lately.  See a HERE to learn more about them – they are the mini sessions I have available all year long, no more waiting once or twice a year.  I am so happy to be able to offer studio work to my clients and cannot believe how much I’ve grown to enjoy them.

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A shot of the my favorite new product offering – acrylic.  I am such a fan of how beautiful this looks in every home that has ordered them so far.  It’s something you have to see in person, so please stop by and take a look!

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Cristina Coco Photography Studio is located at 269 Purchase Street in Rye, NY.  Would love to see you soon!

30 Day Real-Life Photography Challenge – Westchester Moms, are you in?

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So winter won’t leave Westchester.  Family photos get pushed aside for a little bit.  Besides the family vacation, your camera is probably in a drawer somewhere until a first tooth falls out or a birthday party rolls around.  It’s cold and we’re stuck inside with snowy, dreary days at home.   Yuck.

Well, in my house – it’s when I start using my camera more.  I know, strange, right?  I pull it out when we are in our pajamas, playing board games.  It’s not the pretty, sunny pictures of the summer, for sure.  It’s our real life in New York, though! 

I love these little images so much I make a small album every season to get them off my phone and on my coffee table.  Everyone that comes over loves looking at them and it gave me an idea for a challenge for all the moms out there.  30 days. A picture a day.  Life as you see it.

 

So I’m offering a challenge.  Here are the rules!

– Make sure to take one picture a day for the whole month.

– Keep your camera near you at all times.  On the kitchen counter or in your purse.

– IPhone pictures are allowed, but try to use your ‘real’ camera too.

– Try to not do a posed image or a “CHEESE!” photo.

– Take the in-the-moment photo.  Your everyday.  Those little moments that make you melt a little inside.

– No cleaning up your house for the images.  I don’t want this to be work!  Look at my example below, you’ll see food on the countertops, etc.  That’s life, right?

 

Some photography tips:

-Get down to different angles then normal. Try some creative shots – in a mirror, through a doorway or window to make them even more interesting.

-Get kids being silly.  That’s who they are.  Perfection is NOT allowed.

-Also look for those quiet moments, i.e., looking out the window, daydreaming with warm sunlight around them, reading a book in bed, etc.

-If an image is a little dark, Instagram is great as the filters tend to lighten the center of the images for you.  It’s your own personal Photoshop.

– For the older kids, have them join along.  Make it a family project!

– Plan to make an album at the end.  I guarantee it will be one of the favorite albums you have.  Arifact Uprising sells my favorites for my mini albums!

– Selfies with kids are totally allowed. Moms are not in the picture enough and we need to be!  There is a great new app called CamMe.   You prop up your camera and hold up your hand and it takes a photo without you holding it.

 

So, are you in?  30 days, a picture a day. Of your REAL life.  Yes, they might not be professional photographer sort of images.  It doesn’t matter.  They are yours and that makes them perfect.  I promise you will love them all and appreciate those snowed in family days even more.

If you are instagram, use #cocophoto30 as a hashtag and we can do it together!  Follow me here @cristinacocophoto or hit the instagram tab on the left side of the blog.  If you want to comment below with your Instagram name I’ll make sure to follow you!

 

I only showed Instagram picture here as a reminder:  you do NOT have to be a photographer.  No fancy camera took these shots.  Just think a little bit outside the box and get in some photos, will ya?

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This is the picture that gave me the idea.  Moms need to be in more photographs.  Taken on vacation last week, a second after a selfie where we were both looking at the camera.  I hit it again by accident and it caught us looking at each other.  I love it so much.  If you get one shot that makes you as happy as this image makes me it will be so worth it!

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I cannot wait to see what you do!

much love,

Cristina