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Hey Momma,

Can I just say that I am where you are right now? I see the beauty and chaos of raising little people. You love your children, but you also want to run away to the Bahamas for a month (maybe that’s just me…)

Getting your family pictures taken is STRESSFUL. Oh yeah, I know it. Getting everyone clean and dressed and happy for pictures can make you want to pull your hair out. But wait! You have to be ready for pictures too…UGH. Don’t let Pinterest fool you! It’s not family pictures unless at least one child is throwing a tantrum.

But deep down I can see that you want to remember. You want to remember those sweet dimples, their curly q’s or just their sweet childlike curiosity about the world. You want to remember the way they cling to you when something is scary. You want to remember what their hugs feel like FOREVER.

If there is one thing I want you to know right off the bat it is this – I DO NOT expect your children to sit still and pose for me. I want them to be themselves! And if that means being busy/wild/shy/goofy/energetic, then bring it on! I feel where you are coming from, and past clients have felt that way too, but what I’ve found is that the images my clients love the most are the candid ones, where they are playing and making memories.

Parents – I expect you to come ready to play with your kids! Instead of telling them that they are getting their pictures taken, tell them that they are going to this sweet field/park/trail etc to play as a family, and that a friend with her camera will be there. Emphasize that it will be fun! Something I know for sure is that tense parents = tense kiddos. So final piece of advice? LET GO, and go play with your kids. I’ll take care of the rest.


Morgan Bruneel is based in Coeur d Alene, Idaho. Outdoor sessions are available from late March till the end of November. Fall Family Session in particular fill very fast so it is recommended you book 2-3 months in advance. In family sessions we focus on family connections, rather than trying to get everyone smiling looking at the camera. We run, play, tickle, laugh and create authentic family moments.

For first pick of session dates, be sure to follow me in IG! Link below.

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