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Jess & Gary // At-Home Family Portraits in Atlanta

At-Home Family Portraits in Atlanta // Jess & Gary

Jess & Gary reached out to me to help them build an awesome day-in-the-life session to faithfully represent them as potential adoptive parents. This was such a special honor for me for so many reasons. One such reason is because my only blood-related niece was adopted by a wonderful family in California whom I’m grateful for every day! Their at-home family portrait session in Atlanta was incredibly special to me.

At-Home Family Portraits in Atlanta

This was such a fun session to put together with them, and Jess & Gary are just utterly delightful human beings. We began at home with them making beautiful lattes with their pandemic-acquired skills and then enjoying homemade blueberry compote on poundcake. That was just the start of this incredible session! Afterwards, Jess & Gary began playing records, and showing off tricks they’ve taught their pandemic puppy. We then headed out to a small nearby park before meeting up with Jess’s family for ice cream at Big Softie and a little Rummikub, a game which is a family tradition! {I was especially touched because it’s also a tradition in my family.}

Aftwards, we hit some nearby colorful street murals before closing out the session in Little 5 for thrifting at Clothing Warehouse & checking out the music scene at Criminal Records.

I wish you two all the best and that these portraits serve you well. Jess & Gary, you are truly beautiful people and I hope that your family grows the way you’re hoping! 

husband makes coffee for wife during at-home family portraits in Atlantamarried couple looks at coffee maker during portraits at home couple cooks in kitchen during at-home family portraits in Atlantacouple prepares breakfast together during lifestyle family photos woman in green shirt spreads compote on bread during at-home family portraits in AtlantaWhat were you most anxious or nervous about regarding your session and how did it turn out?

What to wear, how it would look in pictures/if we complimented each other or not. I think timing as well, because we planned a lot, and was trying to be cognizant of your time. Honestly, I personally did not want you to feel taken advantage of. I think it went really well. Not sure how we looked, but I think it went and hit most of the sports.

couple sits on back patio eating breakfast man looks over edge of patio into yard couple works on back deck plants and grillcouple sits on sofa with dog feeding him treats husband and wife adjust record player during at-home family portraits in Atlantamarried couple sits together listening to record player married couple sits with dog on lap listening to records What was your favorite moment during the shoot?

Just how we, at some point, forgot there was a camera following us around. It felt like we were just hanging out with another friend, exploring the city.

couple plays game sitting at table with pumpkin centerpieces couple works on legos during at-home family portraits in Atlantahusband and wife hold hands walking down sidewalk in Atlanta couple laughs playing in woods near Atlanta home husband and wife kiss on pathway in Atlanta What advice would you give to others planning a session?

Trust Raven and let her do her thing! But be really upfront about what you are hoping to achieve, what the photos will be used for etc. I feel that the more context the better. Since we had a very specific need for our photos, I took the approach to overshare all of the information from our adoption agency in what was needed for our profile. I could be wrong, but I think it helped as well as this is not as common of a photo session scope.

woman helps niece with ice cream at Big Softie couple sits with family under umbrella at the Big Softie couple talks with family during ice cream snack at the Big Softie family eats ice cream at The Big Softie family plays Rummikub at ice cream shop family plays rummikub during ice cream tripIf you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Probably add more time haha 🙂 Or do it during the middle of the week as Saturdays in Atlanta are very busy.

couple poses by bright mural in Atlanta husband and wife cross street in Atlanta, GAcouple looks at green sweater in thrift shopcouple poses in silly bright outfits in thrift shop husband and wife look at comic book in Atlanta thrift shop couple looks through records at Criminal Records in Atlanta married couple looks at merchandise in Criminal Records in Atlanta couple looks at plants during shopping trip in Atlanta husband and wife look at green plants during shopping trip couple looks at plants during trip in Atlanta Get In Touch to Plan Your Portrait Session

Raven is an Atlanta Wedding and portrait Photographer who captures real people. Her speciality is working with people who feel awkward in front of the camera. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, and beyond.

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