Lifestyle Session Tips

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Cynthia Starr Photography Lifestyle Sessions are fun, comfortable sessions in your home designed to capture everyday moments. These session tips help you & your family prepare for a joyful experience! For more Information on Lifestyle and First 48 Sessions contact Cynthia Starr, Cynthia Starr Photography
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New Beginnings

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When a baby first enters the world the family experiences a whirlwind of emotions! Joy, expectation, uncertainty, hope and love are just a few. When I look back at my own son's first pictures, I feel those emotions all over again. I remember how tiny and helpless he was...and the huge sense of responsibility I felt to him! Let your photographer capture those beautiful first memories so you can look back at them in the years to come with all those same emotions...joy, love, a sense of accomplishment and even a bit of sadness. While you can't hold that tiny baby again, you can relive the memories through photographs. Cynthia Starr, Cynthia Starr Photography
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First 48 Session

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First 48 Sessions are newborn lifestyle photos taken in those first moments of life when everything is fresh and brand new. The birth of your baby is a milestone you will want to remember. So much is happening...so quickly! Will you remember the way you felt when you first saw those wrinkly toes, the tiny fingers and that beautiful face looking at the world for the first time? A First 48 Session will capture all those moments before they quickly pass. First 48 Sessions are done in the hospital, usually the day after birth to give mom a chance to rest a bit. Any family you like can be there. Siblings are a must! I love capturing the wonder as siblings gaze at their new brother or sister! Cynthia Starr…
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5 Things

5 Things

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Photography is a daily part of my life and it brings me great happiness! There are 5 things I do every day to help keep my photography skills sharp. 1. Everywhere I go, I check out the lighting. It may be shadows falling indoors, bright window light, the warm light of sunset approaching or the bright, contrasty light when the sun shines on dark clouds after a storm. Analyzing light needs to be second nature during a live shoot. 2. On my way to and from work or around town, I look for great backdrops for photos. I often go back to these spots during a session. It may be a place where the light behind a treeline provides beautiful backlight, a colorful building front or an area full of…
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West Hills Country Club

Cynthia Starr Photography, Kingston New York Wedding Photography
As a Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer, I have had the pleasure of working at many great venues. One of my favorites is West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY! West Hills has everything! The beautiful golf course is a lovely backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. The ceremony site is set just outside the reception tent. It is complimented by a waterfall, beautifully paved patio and a magnificent view. The reception tent is elegant with its chandeliers and clean, sophisticated appearance. Great for wedding photographs! I love the way the head table is at the end of the tent with the trees and golf course behind the bride and groom. The reception tent is spacious with a very large dance floor for guests to enjoy. The front of West Hills Country…
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Letting Go of Perfect

Letting Go of Perfect

Cynthia Starr Photography, Kingston New York Family Photography, Lifestyle Family Photography, Lifestyle photograph Cynthia Starr, Lifestyle Session
I recently read that sometimes you have to "let go of perfect". I love this statement! When I am doing a lifestyle session in someone's home, there may be clutter, kids won't always do what you would like and plans won't always work out. I have learned that regardless of how "less than perfect" a session is, I still get beautiful, fun images in the end that show so much more than a typical studio portrait. I love the chaos of a lifestyle session! There is so much movement and emotions during these sessions! And though, at times composition may be less than perfect, someone's hair isn't quite right or crankiness sets in...with a lifestyle session, less than perfect can be amazing! Cynthia Starr
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No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

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Your home is where it all begins, where your children play, where you tuck them in at night, where your memories live. A lifestyle session in your home captures you & your family as you are. Children are comfortable and show their personalities in their own setting. Smiles come easy in a fun session with planned activities tailored to your family's interests! I love the emotions, laughter and family connections captured in a Lifestyle Session! Cynthia Starr
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Personal Space

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I spoke with a new client today about her wedding day photography. After speaking for a while, she said she took her wedding day photographer choice very seriously as "you are inviting someone you don't know to share a very personal part of your life". This is such a true statement! Part of what I love so much about wedding day photography is feeling like a part of "the family" for the day. I know how important the day is to my clients and I feel honored to be a part of it. Your photographer is with you on your wedding day from the beginning, getting ready photos to the end of the reception. It is so important that you feel comfortable with this person. Take the time to ask…
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Lifestyle Photography

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Lifestyle photography is "Life-inspired" photography. These sessions show the day to day love, emotion and connection in your family. When you look back at old photographs, is it the formal photographs you love, or the pictures from your daily family life? While formal portraits certainly have a place and purpose in our family history, it is the photographs that show the story of our daily life that most of us treasure. Some of my favorite pictures from my childhood are taken in the kitchen with my mom next to me, in my bedroom playing with my sister and of my brothers with the many "adventures" they created around the house! A Lifestyle Session is done in your home to capture your story, visit my site home page for more information…
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Connections

Connections

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Connections in a photograph give context, feeling and emotion to a picture. Connections make the difference between a picture and a treasured memory. Some of my clients have naturally great connections with each other and find it easy to be "natural and relaxed" in front of a camera. Others need a relaxed, patient photographer to put them at ease. I always assure my clients that the session will be fun and easy...then I make sure it is! With easy guidance and encouragement clients quickly relax and truly enjoy their session. The results are memorable photographs that reveal the emotion, connection and feelings of a small moment in life. Cynthia Starr
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