Lifestyle Family Photography by Storey Wilkins
Congratulations! You have made an excellent choice to have your family photographed.
"Well, you’ve done it again! I went from laughing out loud at some of the true moments that were captured (the ones of us falling over on the bed are classic!!!), to crying at the beauty of my amazing family." Andrea & Ken
What if I am not sure I want to be in the pictures?
There are times when we feel less than perfect, especially around the time we are creating, delivering and raising our beautiful babies. It would be unfortunate to exclude you just because you are not feeling up to it. Just let me know your concerns and I will work with you to create flattering poses that you will be happy with it. These photographs get more precious and treasured with time, so it's best not to miss out on an opportunity to be in the photographs with your family, especially when a skilled photographer like me can make it all worthwhile.
What if I have specific ideas in mind for the photographs?
Sure! Please mention any ideas you have to me before the session so that you can get the results you are hoping for. For example, there is usually one member of the family who takes most of the photographs, therefore rarely appearing in any herself. With me there, it is a great opportunity to get into as many of the photographs as possible. Time to even things out!
Can I choose the location for the session?
Absolutely! Unlike many studio photographers in Toronto that require you to use their space, I believe the location should have personal significance to you and your family. As a result, I usually work either at your home (or cottage) or outside in your yard or local park, all while combining modern and fresh ideas to capture each of you in your best light. My skill in using a combination of natural light and flash means you will have great photographs no matter where you are and what time of day it is.
What if it's raining and I want photos outside?
Not a problem! We can always reschedule. Weather is the one thing we can't control or predict. I will assume the session is "ON" unless you call her beforehand to reschedule.
How long will the session take?
My efficient and fun 90 minute lifestyle portrait sessions have three parts (30 minutes each):
- Part One: Great Group Portraits (all of you together smiling, looking relaxed and happy in flattering positions)
- Part Two: Timeless Moments (games, laughs, reading, cuddling, walking, and other fun activities and out takes that capture the essence of your family spirit)
- Part Three: Adorable Portraits of the Kids (where you get to sit back and watch as I capture priceless expressions and nuances of each of your kids).
- Ad-On: "Granny Cam" Interested in including your parents to join in? Add a 30-minute segment to your session to include the grandparents for a wonderful three generation portrait. Add $200
- Ad-On: "Teen-Wow" Have a teen or tween that is dying for a cool Instagram worthy portrait of him or herself? Add a 30-minute segment to your session so that I can create a wow-factor editorial style portrait of your teen. Add $200.
What if my kids don't cooperate?
Any photographer should be able to produce one cute photo of your child, but can they perform well enough to exceed your expectations in your home environment and under your particular circumstances? Can they tell your story? I can! If for some reason the kids are melting down despite your best efforts to stay calm and provide snacks and breaks, don't sweat it! We can take a break. We can distract. We can entertain. If all else fails, we can always reschedule at no extra cost to you.
Should we take a family portrait every year?
I strongly recommend that you do while the kids are still living at home. I have written an article on the why's and how's of the annual family portrait. Please read the article for an in depth explanation of my process for creating them.
Do you offer fall colours family portraits?
The months of October and November are the only months to book your family portrait session if you are looking for great and colourful nature in the background. Specifically, if you want to see beautiful yellows, greens, reds and oranges on the trees in the background of your photographs then be sure to schedule your session with Storey during this time. There are some great locations for fall colours across the GTA. I have prepared a list of the best Toronto locations for family photos in the fall. Read more here.
For parents across the GTA, who want professional photographs of your family, it's time to get into your own story, I will provide heartwarming photographs capturing the very special love in your life, that you will be proud of today and forever, because I have over 20 years of award winning experience photographing love.
Family portraits are not just photographs, they are acts of love. There is no better way to cherish the present and remember the past.
TIME TO GET INTO YOUR OWN STORY
There is always one member of the family who takes most of the photographs, therefore rarely appearing in any herself. For your family portrait I keep things light and fun as I create innovative and inspiring poses. I also capture playful genuine moments of your babies, children, siblings, and your whole family (including you). I will make sure you get into your own family photographs, and the way you are posed and encouraged will result in photographs you love of yourself.
As a Mom
As a mother, I understand just how much you love your family, and how important it is to select the best professional photographer you can in order to capture that love in photographs. I also know how precious your time is, so I strive to make this process easy and stress-free for you.
Professional Photographic Services
I provide a full-service capture-to-print experience so that you can preserve your best memories in both ready-to-share high resolution digital images as well as beautiful custom printed art pieces for you home. All sessions include:
- Private online gallery
- Quick turnaround time and
- Follow up in-person (or on-line) sales meeting to order:
- your favourite framed prints,
- wall art,
- photo stationary, and
- gifts for your loved ones.
All Ages and Stages
Why are you considering hiring a photographer right now? Whether you are celebrating an occasion or celebrating the moments in between, it would be my pleasure to photograph your family. Milestones and moments that I often document include:
- Your Pregnancy (maternity)
- Welcoming your Newborn
- When your Baby is 6-8 Months Old
- As your Toddler begins to Walk
- A Birthday (at any age)
- Your Immediate Family
- Your Multi-Generation Family
- ...and of course, all the beautiful average days in between.
Your Choice of Location
I will work both inside your home or cottage and outside in your yard or local park all while combining modern and fresh ideas to capture each of you in your best light. You will feel the connection and love in your photographs. You will see your family's true beauty, and the background will be personal to you.
Great outdoor family photography for modern and with-it parents is something that very few midtown Toronto photographers do well. I specialize in this by creating top quality images in any outdoor location. Family reunions at the park, children portraiture, weekend strolls are all wonderful events to have recorded beautifully.
"We can’t speak highly enough about her easy going yet professional demeanor, attention to detail, patience, and flexibility." Nigel & Danielle
A Recipe for Success
Storey's efficient and fun 90-minute lifestyle portrait sessions have three parts (30 minutes each):
- Great Group Portraits (all of you together smiling, looking relaxed and happy in flattering positions)
- Timeless Moments (games, laughs, reading, cuddling, walking, and other fun activities and out takes that capture the essence of your family spirit)
- Adorable Portraits of the Kids (where you get to sit back and watch as I capture priceless expressions and nuances of each of your kids).
Add the Grandparents: Interested in including your parents to join in? Add a 30-minute segment to your session to include your parents for a wonderful three generation portrait.
Add an "Instaworthy" Portrait for your Teen: Have a teen or tween that is secretly dying for an Instagram worthy portrait of him or herself? Add a 30-minute segment to your session so that I can create a wow-factor editorial style portrait for them.
Anything is possible so if you have an idea in mind for your portrait session just let me know.
Any photographer should be able to produce one cute photo of your child, but can they perform well enough to exceed your expectations in your home environment? Can they tell your story? I can!
To every portrait session I bring:
- 20+ years of experience photographing people in all circumstances including weddings (long considered one of the most challenging forms of photography),
- The patience and understanding of a mom, and
- The 100% guarantee that you will love your photographs.
My goal is to give you a collection of images that will make you so happy you will shed tears. I look forward to creating a wonderful set of photographs for you. From the session to the finished prints, I bring you the art of storytelling so that you can treasure your family’s great moments and share your story for generations to come.
"A look, an expression - pure gold! The proof is in the wondrous looks we get when people see her photos hanging on our wall." David & Stacey
I proudly serve every neighbourhood across the Greater Toronto Area. I am happy to travel to you wherever you are. In the summer months I regularly travel to Muskoka, Georgian Bay, The City of the Kawarthas and Haliburton to photograph families enjoying time together at the cottage.
The months of October and November are the only months to book your family portrait session if you are looking for great and colourful nature in the background. Specifically, if you want to see beautiful yellows, greens, reds and oranges on the trees in the background of your photographs then be sure to schedule your session with Storey during this time. There are some great locations for fall colours across the GTA. I have prepared a list of the best Toronto locations for family photos in the fall.
The Annual Family Portrait
Why you should photograph your family more...
Many of my clients hire me each year to update their family portrait. Not only is this great for your holiday cards, grandparent gifts and your social media accounts, you will love the comfort that comes with knowing you have much-loved photographs of you family each year since the kids were born. Read all about the why's and how's of the annual family portrait.
I have published a list of my 2020 family portrait prices. Contact me to review my pricing and if you don't see what you are looking for in terms of a product, let me know. I am happy to work with you to create custom display solutions for your home or office, and custom gift solutions for your loved ones.
Easy to Book
Four Easy Steps:
- Request a session by email or phone.
- Pick a day and time that works for you.
- Sign and return the contract (adding locations, details and preferences).
- Pay using Pay Pal.
That's it! You are all set. I can't wait to photograph you and your wonderful family.
Easy to Order
Four Easy Steps After you Book your Session:
Step 1: Pre-Session Chat
A portrait is about more than simply capturing your likeness. That is why I will schedule a chat with you by phone beforehand to get a sense of your desires and concerns. Together we will create a session plan, where we discuss what to wear, the location for the session, display ideas for your home, and the pricing.
Step 2: Your Portrait Session
We will arrange to hold your session in your home or cottage, or a beautiful park nearby. Using my easy three-part process, you can relax and enjoy spending time with your family while I go about arranging and posing, lighting and finessing, and engaging the kids in play so the session will fly by.
Step 3: The Ordering Appointment
This can be done at your home or by video call about a week after the session. This will be a great opportunity to review the images together so that I can help you select your favourite images and prepare a plan for printing, framing, and hanging them in perfect places around your home. It will be an effortless and enjoyable appointment.
Step 4: Delivery and Installation
The most exciting part of your portrait experience is the arrival of your new artwork. I will deliver everything to your home and if you do not have a professional installer, I will recommend one to you.
Ready to book? Let's Get Started!