Pixel Dreams Blog | Andre Toro Photography

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 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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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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Happy New Year!!! We made it to 2021. Our minds are full of hope, our hearts love our kids more than ever, and our souls are craving connection and joy. May this year bring happiness and infinite gratitude towards the small things in life, that hug will mean more than everything. With the new year I set new goals that align to my heart and purpose... which is storytelling and capturing candid moments. Connection and raw candid love will be at the center of every business decision in 2021. Keep reading to find everything about Family Sessions :)

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Yay! 2021 is around the corner and I couldn't be more excited to create magic in the most breathtaking locations. In my home town Boston, every season has its charm and in 2021 I'm optimistic that we will be able to celebrate and embrace EVERY season. ATP will also be traveling this year (yay!), I'll keep this blog up to date with all available destinations. 

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One of the most known phrases (if you're a GOT fan) is WINTER IS COMING! Well, for family photographers our favorite phrase is FALL IS COMING. I even own a shirt that slogan! Fall is MAGICAL, BREATHTAKING & CRAZY BUSY for family photographers in Massachusetts. It's a photographer's dream. We get inspired by mother nature and family's love, we shoot nonstop for ~10 weeks. For me, Fall is THE best season for family photos, Mother Nature puts on a show and it provides epic surroundings for emotive storytelling. Today I'll share the Fall beauty you can expect in the Boston Area from mid-September to mid-December. Let's get started!

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If you live in Boston and you think about summer breeze, ocean, and sand your mind most likely will transport you to Cape Cod! I don't blame you, my mind goes there too, the Cape is gorgeous!!! It's one of my favorite places, actually my happiest summer place. Once a year we spend a week at the Cape and we LOVE IT. It's magical!! ... but it is the most magical place when you're STAYING THERE. Today I'll walk you through some hidden beach gems close to Boston, sunset locations that are outstanding and epic.

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Can you close your eyes and transport yourself to your own summer childhood? All those days in the beach, the sand in your feet, the stunning sunset while playing in the water. Most of us have all these memories deep inside our hearts. Treasured moments that only our heart feels. Can you imagine having tangible memories of your most treasured memories?

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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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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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