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Where to learn family Photography

where to learn family photography: online!


I was just interviewed at Shootalong about this picture of my children.  Shootalong is a great place for parents learning photography and how to use their fancy cameras so they take better pictures of their own children. When you don’t have a professional photographer around, take the best pictures of your family and children as you can by learning the fundamentals and good techniques.

You can read what I had to say about capturing this Christmas Card picture which now hangs very large on the wall of my home: HERE.

Thanks, Shootalong!



@lisaphillipsonphotography gives us a glimpse into her Christmas card picture magic… “This picture was a few years ago when I had all three children go into the backyard for an obligatory Christmas card picture. It was late afternoon and they are positioned with the sun going down behind them and under a canopy of trees. There was directional light from the open part of yard to light them from the front.

My children tend to bicker, touch each other too much, act silly and make picture taking pretty difficult. I’m sure your kids are not like this? I had to move quickly before someone stormed off or there were tears from my daughter. I gave them directions on where to stand so the background and my settings were ready to go. This image was when I said “put your arms around each other and act like you love each other.” My oldest grabbed everyone in for a big silly hug and luckily they all laughed and went with it.

I do this in my sessions for other families. I set up for the perfect posed picture, but it is the in between moments and interactions you should try to catch that will be the most meaningful to you. This picture is more special to me and captures my kids as they are more so than the smiling posed picture that I eventually caught. I have this picture framed large on my wall and look at it every single day.”

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The annual NAPCP Retreat was in Santa Barbara this year at the Canary Hotel.  Professional Child Photographers gathered to learn and inspire and learn some more. Mostly we love to just reconnect in person after helping and supporting each other online all year long. Face to face interactions are just so much better! It was great to bring the retreat back to California after the first year in Napa. We also have enjoyed the beautiful views of Charleston, Vail, Whistler and Atlanta in past years.

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napcp retreat

If you are a photographer specializing in newborns, children and families, The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is the organization you want to be a member of for support and inspiration. Your online watercooler when you are self employed!

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I love this family and their adorable little boys so I had to share the latest pictures I took of them on a seasonably warm day in Marietta, Georgia. I’m a broken record saying that brothers this age remind me of the years my own boys were little. It was quite a marathon to raise them (as opposed to a sprint) but I hold many fond memories of that time in life and love to see my clients loving it as well.East Cobb Family

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Happy New Year!

Brothers and Sisters share from from last year (that is weird to say LAST year). They are all so cute! Thank you to all of you who supported my business this past year. I really appreciate it and look forward to more memorable moments in 2017.


Now, who is ready for school to start?


Santa at Common Quarter in Marietta, Georgia

santa-picture-mariettaI had a wonderful time photographing Santa at Common Quarter in East Cobb last weekend.  Pictures were posted earlier this week and all attendees should have received an email with their link.

Santa will be back again – the same time – next year on December 9th & 10th in 2017 so mark your calendars now!  If you would like an reminder email, sign up HERE.

santa-east-cobbDeadline to order your online Santa Pictures is December 20, 2016!

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Smyrna Family Photography Session

I’m happy to share this photo session of a great Smyrna, Georgia family.  Their kids mimic mine – 2 boys and one girl. Little Sisters definitely know how to roll with the punches and stand up for themselves. 🙂

Another lovely Christmas Card Picture!


Merry Christmas!


I am a Smyrna, Georgia photographer capturing families in the Atlanta Metro area. You can find more information about how to book a session for your own professional family photos on my contact page HERE.  I use natural light in the portraits I create as opposed to studio lights and backdrops. My favorite backdrop is nature (especially trees).  I would love to be your family photographer so that you will have framed prints of your favorite people hanging on the wall!


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