Anchorage, Alaska Family Photographer, Tasha Boin Photography {The Gondek Family}

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Anchorage, Alaska Family Photographer, Tasha Boin Photography {The Gondek Family}

Another one of my absolute favorite families and my first time capturing their newest addition for some first birthday shots! Folks, wrangling your family together for a family session isn’t always easy, and not every image is going to be pure perfection of everyone smiling and looking directly into the camera- but life isn’t perfect, and I don’t want to capture perfect…I want to capture real! Tara and Jake, I adore your little family!!

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Anchorage, Alaska Family Photographer, Tasha Boin Photography {The Barringer Family}

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Anchorage, Alaska Family Photographer, Tasha Boin Photography {The Barringer Family}

I wil say it over and over again, now that I have a son- I have such a soft spot for little boys, they are just SO precious and snuggly and love their mamas!! :) You can tell these brothers are going to be best buds!

This fun and laid back family joined me up at Flattop Mountain, and their adorable dog tagged along!

If you are every hesitant about brining your dog, don’t be… they add so much to a session and I realize that even though it sometimes makes the chaos of a session even more chaotic, they are part of the family too… so I am totally up for families bringing their fur babies too!

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Anchorage, Alaska Family Photographer, Tasha Boin Photography {Krista & Cedar}

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Anchorage, Alaska Family Photographer, Tasha Boin Photography {Krista & Cedar}

This is my beautiful sister and her daughter and I am so lucky that I get to capture snippets of their relationship every year! Little Cedar is equal parts sweetheart and firecracker who wears her heart on her sleeve, she just loves her mama with all her heart! All it takes is 10 minutes to capture some gorgeous lifelong memories-we literally walked down to my parents backyard and snapped these in a few minutes! Don’t hesitate on whether or not to get in front of the camera with your loved ones, it is ALWAYS worth it!

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Chelsa & her little guy, Jackson

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Chelsa & her little guy, Jackson

Never take for granted the moments that we have with our kids while they are little- give them those big juicy kisses on the lips, squeeze them as tight as you can and throw them up in the air as high as you can!

It is just so bittersweet seeing them grow and change...but to fight against time stealing away these moments with our babies, we can take back the power by really BEING with them, looking into their eyes and seeing them, playing with them and loving them with all of our hearts. 

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Anchorage, Alaska Family Photographer, Tasha Boin Photography {How to capture your summer}

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Anchorage, Alaska Family Photographer, Tasha Boin Photography {How to capture your summer}

How to capture your summer

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Every year, I try to do a 100 days of summer project. Summer’s are crazy hectic, can sometimes feel stressful and always go by waaaay too quickly - but these personal projects are always a gift to be able to look back upon at the end of summer.

It never fails to make me realize all of the amazing memories we make, even on the most mundane of days! AND bonus...sometimes creating fun actives for the kids to do for the sake of a good shot, ends up being some of the most fun memories they will have throughout the summer!

My top rules on how to document your summer:

  • Bring your camera everywhere, commit to it...
  • Find activities that your kids enjoy doing, and they will be more willing to want their picture to be taken
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sprinkler time = fun

  • Don’t wait for the weather to be good to capture memories, fun can be had in all of the elements!
  • Bring props, but make sure they are props that can flow well into the story of your day. If you are going to the beach, bring a fun hat, beach towel or blanket…if it is raining, have them use an umbrella… you get the picture! 
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summer hats create fun shadows

  • Try to make a list of things you want to remember about them and capture that! i.e.: My daughter loves to bring me flower and/or weed bouquets and I know she won’t be doing that for much longer, so I made a point to capture it! 
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weed bouqet

  • Which brings me to next point, WRITE things down-make lists, it is the Only way I get anything accomplished in my life! :) 
  • Create a scavenger hunt of things you want to find or things for your kiddos to find and check them off as you go- you can make the list as small or as big as you want, but I can guarantee that fun will be had by all in trying to accomplish checking items off of your list!  
  • Create a grid or an album of all the pictures you took! Your kids will love to look back upon all of the amazing memories you made throughout summer as much as you! This app make it super easy! https://thelenslab.com/collect
  • If you feel like taking it to another level, print your favorites! I am a huge advocate of printing your images… my favorite consumer lab is: https://www.mpix.com

enjoy documenting your family! it is one of the most important things you can do! Be your  families storyteller!

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