When families are relaxed and playful, and let their kids be kids - magic happens!

Family Sessions

I want to create beautiful images for your family that showcase the unique connection, love and personality of your family.  My sessions are relaxed and fun, I have a lifestyle approach to sessions, capturing moments as they happen, as you interact as a family and be yourselves.  There are no forced smiles or stiff awkward poses!  I give some gentle guidance, but my favourite moments are often the candid moments when you almost forget I am there.  Grandparents often want photos of everyone looking, so I always make sure I get a few of those too!

I adore photographing children and seeing their personalities emerge through the photo session. They all bring something different to a session and I believe in letting them be kids.  I have a huge amount of experience with children so you can relax and I will take control. Don’t worry if things get a little crazy with the kids ~ I have an abundance of patience.

Family sessions usually last around 45minutes to one hour and are done at the location of your choice in Christchurch and surrounding areas.  We are lucky to have so many amazing beaches, forests, parks and hills to choose from, but if you have a place that is special to your family then lets go there!  I can also suggest a location or help you to decide.  You may want to have a family session in your home, which is another fantastic option.

I love to photograph at ‘golden hour’ ~ about one hour prior to sunset, as the light is golden and amazing.  It is such a lovely time of the day to photograph outdoors but I understand that it doesn’t always work with young children, especially in summer, so we can arrange another time of day that suits.  Morning sessions can also have beautiful light, and if you are an early bird just after sunrise can be magical too.

I would love to tell your family’s story, so if you like my work then let’s chat.

Seasonal Mini Sessions

Certain times of the year can be magical – such as winter and spring.  I offer mini sessions during some seasons of the year.

Sweet Light Photography nz
Lana Ward
New Zealand