Pixel Dreams Blog | Andre Toro Photography

I get it; you're browsing through Instagram and see all these cute portraits of kids smiling, having fun, and kissing mom. You want those memories too! Your kids are growing up too fast, maybe your daughter is about to lose her first tooth, and you want to remember that little face when she was 5 years old.

Yet, every time you try to take a photo of your kids, you get a fake smile, or the picture doesn't do justice to the memory you want to have for years to come. No worries! Let me tell you a few tricks we photographers master that will get your kids to smile at the camera and give that big laugh you dream about!

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The fact that you're reading this blog means that you have a desire deep in your heart to freeze time. We go through life in a hurry. We love our kids, yet we're mostly running on task, going off the script seems desirable yet sometimes so complicated.

A family photo session is an opportunity to do just that, to prioritize to slow down and dedicate time for memories. The photographer will facilitate the session, but it's your family's essence that will shine through. You'll get portraits of the most important people in your life with YOU in the frame; isn't that the best gift for a parent's heart ten years from now?

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We're in an era that moms crave to remember all the little details of their kids, technology is available 24×7, and we're always snapping photos of our kids with our phones.

What's missing from this interaction is that we — moms — are barely in the frame, let alone as a family of 4 (my case!). That's when a family photo session with a professional becomes something to crave for. Here are a few reasons why you should have it fulfilled.

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When Carolina reached out to me to ask whether I would photograph her baby's birth, I could not feel more honored and excited. I had been in the photography business for years yet it was my first time photographing a birth! This is a special moment in a woman's life, and she was asking me to witness and capture it with my camera.

Today, this birth stands as one of the most special moments in my career as a family photographer. Here's my recollection of this special moment. And because I want you to understand what this experience really entails for Mom and baby (and Dad, of course), I've asked Carolina to share her impressions and memories as well.

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Congrats! your baby is about to turn 1 year old! Can you believe how fast time is flying by? I'm sure you can close your eyes and remember the day the baby arrived. All those feelings and excitement with welcoming a baby. You might have been too overwhelmed to schedule a Newborn photo session or you might be a milestone recording mom! Either way a cake smash is a gorgeous second chance to capture a unique milestone. Baby's 1st birthday happens once! 

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There is a difference between photography and editing styles. Here I explain the difference, and why you must understand it to select the photography style you want for your photos.

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Baby girl was born in April, the perfect Spring baby and her Mom, Karla, wanted to have a special, unique memory of this moment.

She decided not only to capture her baby in beautiful portraits, but have candid images of her husband and her first two children as well. Here's Karla and her family's experience with Andre Toro Photography's In Home Newborn photo session.

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I'm Venezuelan mom of 2 beautiful girls married to my love-at-first sight husband.

Andre Toro Photography started in 2013 in Seattle, WA and relocated to Boston, MA in 2016. Here is my story.

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Your photos are awesome! After all the craziness, you and your family look all perfect, happy, and gorgeous! Your photo gallery is beautiful and you want to display your portraits for everyone to see the laughs, the hugs, the love. Ready to have them printed?

Wait, you say. I don't know how. What's my best option? Where should I print? What if my budget is limited? I answer these and other questions and more on printing. Keep on reading!

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Comparing professional photography styles and their pricing might be hard to understand. For the same “service” (family photo session) you can find high end photographers and quite the opposite.

Honestly, what you pay is what you get but, more importantly, it goes beyond photos: it's an experience. Let me walk you through how to compare values and decide on the photographer that fits your budget and your interests.

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Taking the time to invest in getting tangible memories of the life you're living right now as a family is a true gift for the future.

A professional photographer will facilitate these breathtaking MOMENTS, but it’s much more than taking photos. It’s a superpower that lets us do “portraits with a purpose” that might land a tear in your cheek as you look at your gallery.

But, what does a professional family photo session really entail? How much should it be? What's a fair price? To get to the answer, you first need to understand what an experience like this really entails. Let me walk you through the process with the photographer in the driver’s seat.

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New England offers the most stunning colors during Fall! The trees are breathtaking, the air is cool, and the mood is lovely! It makes for THE season to capture sweet family moments and create long lasting memories. Fall peak foliage is by far the busiest season for us photographers (yei! I LOVE IT), yet there is a hidden secret if you want to avoid the crowds and guarantee a spot with your favorite photographer... it's called EARLY-MID September!....

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What if I could tell you that you and your husband can just LIVE the moment, letting your emotions arise as you watch your daughters meeting each other for the very first time.  I understand! you want to remember and re-live this moment over and over, yet you also want to LIVE that moment without missing a second. Yes! That's why I'm there for you. 

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Every season as its perks. There's charm to all of them, and each offers a unique experience when it comes to gathering your family for a photo session.

There's no bad or good choices here. Just, whichever suits your family best. So let me give you the pros and cons of each for you to make up your mind.

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Deciding to have your family photo is the first step. Congrats!

However, timing is everything. When should it take place? Arranging for all to meet in a specific day and time sometimes is hard enough on a normal day.

Should it be indoors or outdoors? Posed or lifestyle? Should you time it for a specific event? What about the weather? What happens if someone can't make it?

Take note of all the things that you and your photographer need to manage to make this special moment happen.

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