Pixel Dreams Blog | Andre Toro Photography

Congrats on your baby! the sweetest and most fulfilling journey is about to begin. Documenting your baby's first year is so special. There will never be a time in your kid's life when months change him/her so drastically. Within a year you'll go from having a little one whom you can fit in your arms, to a sitter, crawler, and maybe walker. They grow up so fast in the first 12 months! Today, I'll share with you my 3 favorite stages to photograph babies. Can you guess what my all time favorite baby stage is? 

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That's such a great question. We get sunlight for many hours in a day yet Professional photographers are obsessed with a specific window of time that takes place twice a day, it's called the Golden Hour! During that time the light is precious, soft, and flattering. Today, I'll share with you my passion for the GOLDEN HOUR, the BLUE HOUR, and what would be a good plan B if you can't make the prime time work. Let's get started!

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I get this question all the time and I LOVE it, setting the right expectations it's so important to enjoy the family pictures experience to its maximum! Life is all about expectations, right? Today I'll walk you through everything you need to know about outdoors family sessions with kids, the ins and outs of it! Enjoy

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If you had to name the one thing most important in your life, Family would probably be at the top. Family is everything. Families come in all shapes and forms and what's constant across all families is the LOVE for each other. We give our lives for our family, we adore them with every inch of our hearts. Embracing and celebrating family is at the core of Family Photography. Today I'll share with you my top 4 reasons why Family Photography is important :)

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You love summer, your family loves the beach, and you are craving memories by the water. You've see photos at the beach and you're dreaming to have your own! Love it!! Beach Sessions are epic, the experience is just unforgettable. Beach Photos Sessions are my personal favorite, I found my calling with my feet in the sand and the Mother Nature putting on a show with her sky exploding with color! Today I'll give you 3 tips that will help you navigate your options and pick THE best family photographer for your beach family photos!

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Thinking about outfits for your family photos can be overwhelming, so many options. Today I'll help you solve the styling puzzle with 19 helpful tips that work regardless of the season and location. Before we get started, I wanted to give you peace of mind, I promise that 1 outfit is all you need. Changing can kill the kids' mood and it goes downhill from there. The gallery variety will come from the moments captured. If your kids are happy and engaged, magic will happen!

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You are craving memories with your family and you want to be ready for session day. I hear you! Hiring a professional photographer is an investment, you want to make sure everything goes smoothly. This will help you enjoy your photo session AND have memories that melt your heart as decades go by. Here are some tips to take the anxiety off and prep you to rock your outdoors family photos. Let's get started!

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Wow! this has been probably one of my favorite blogs to write. Beach Sessions are my absolute favorite, I found my true calling with my feet in the sand capturing LOVE during breathtaking sunsets. It was so lovely to walk through memory lane while picking my personal favorite family photos. It was SO hard to pick these, the blog was initially named Top 10 but I couldn't choose just 10, so I changed the name to Top 13! haha why not?. For fun, I made it a countdown, so scroll all the way down to see my Top #1! Let's get started!

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What type of camera do you use? are you Canon or Nikon? these are questions I get asked all the time by fellow photographers and sometimes by curious parents who are into photography! I decided to share my gear to date, I hope this helps a passionate fellow photographer understand what a Family Photographer uses per type of session.

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You LOVE winter in wonderland yet you're worried about the cold weather for family photos? Fear no more, you can have your dream and gorgeous family memories! It's just a matter of adjusting expectations and following a few tips. Keep reading to learn the in and outs of Outdoors Winter Family Photoshoots! 

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Congrats! The fact that you're reading this blog makes me SO happy. You booked your session (yay! what season did you pick? Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter??) and you are taking the time nail your family's styling. Love it! Styling can make or break how you feel about your family portraits. It's an important decision that can be very simple if you know how to tackle the project. Once you know what to look for and how to think about wardrobe per season, the stress gets out of the way and you enjoy the journey. I'll be happy to guide you as we discuss color palettes, fabrics, favorite stores, and styling tools. Enjoy!

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Yay! Congrats! You've made your mind, you're booking your Spring photo session. Love it. Now the next step is to find gorgeous outfits that work great during the Spring season. Styling is so important, it can make or break how you feel about your portraits. A happy loving family at an epic location with random outfits won't make justice to the poetic magic that can be created with a wardrobe that enhances the photoshoot mood. 

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Spring is THE season for outdoor family photography, yet it's not the season that is top of mind for most families. Parents usually start thinking about family photos around Fall, the reason behind it is Holiday Cards. And that's lovely! because Fall is definitely a gorgeous season to capture a family's essence yet there is something magical about Spring. Today I'll walk you through the magic behind a Spring family photo shoot. You might end up changing teams and rooting for Spring as THE season for family photos!

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The definition of 'enough' time is a very personal one. For some families enough might seem a week yet for others it is months in advance. Today I'll share the point of view of a professional photographer. We'll dig into all the benefits of not rushing it and the delight of having enough planning time, specially if you have little kids! In a nutshell, 4-6 weeks is a sweet spot (in therms of time needed for planning and styling) yet it might be super late to book photographers who book 6-8 months out (as reference, my beach sessions are almost sold out, and I'll release Fall photo session dates in February). Let's dig into this time topic.

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We're in the middle of the hard core winter, yet you're starting to dream about the warmer weather. You can feel your feet in the sand, the kids enjoying the cool breeze while playing in the water. I hear you!!! My heart is in summer already, I can close my eyes and SMILE going through our Cape Cod family memories. That place is EPIC, magical. I pinch myself that we have it is SO close to Boston. I would drive much more for my summer love. Today I'll pour my heart sharing why I love this location for family portraits!

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