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Fall sunset family session in the meadow | Lehigh Valley PA Family Photographer

Do you do mini sessions?

It's that time of year where I get a lot of inquiries from families looking for "just a Christmas card picture." I understand that need and desire, I really do! But shooting for the one or two posed images doesn't fulfill my visual voice and doesn't allow me to express all that I see in a family in the way I so very much long to. So at the moment I am not offering fall mini sessions. I find them stressful on me, stressful on the families. We miss out on the candid, in-between moments that mark my work. I need time with a family for everyone feel at ease and when we are all relaxed we make the most beautiful images. I may change my mind in the future, but for this busy fall season I am choosing to spend more time with each family that comes to me so I can provide them each my best work and service. Thank you for understanding and valuing me!


This gallery gives a glimpse of why I don't prefer mini sessions. There is so much variety and so many sweet expressions of love and personality that we wouldn't have had time for in 15 minutes. This was my first fall Lehigh Valley family portrait session of the 2017 season and it was just beautiful!

I have worked with this adorable family for a few years now, and I just love watching the girls grow. We just had a session in the spring, and it's amazing how much they have changed since May. Jillian is now in 4th grade, and is turning into a little lady. She is just as beautiful as her mama and I swear in some of the walking pictures it's easy to confuse her with mom! Little Lily is the same age as my daughter and I loved her growing independence. She wanted to run circles in the fields which was just fine with me!

Isn't this location beautiful? Goldenrod is my favorite early sign of fall- it comes on in such splendor in mid-September and fades right around the first week in October. I am so glad we were able to catch such beautiful light in the meadow the other night (despite the ever=annoying battle with GNATS!- WHY do they have to come out just in time for fall sessions?!). 

I still have 2 openings for full family sessions at this Lehigh Valley PA location this week before the flowers fade to October's beige (just in time for the trees to take a turn with color!). You can view my pricing and get in touch if you'd like to book a session! Perfect timing before it gets too cold!

Apple Picking in Lehigh Valley PA | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County Child Photographer

September.. the month where summer and autumn collide. People always want to book sessions in October but I have to say September is just as lovely a month for portraits. The air is sweet and warm.. it's crisp and fresh in the morning, warm in the afternoon... and most importantly the gnats aren't out in full force quite yet LOL. 

We enjoyed the last weekend before the fall busy season of me being home, present to the kids, and after church we went to the orchard to pick our favorite Honeycrisp apples before they are done for the year. We usually go apple picking 2-3 times each fall and make loads of homemade applesauce to freeze for the winter. 

I love creating family and child portraits in the apple orchard and have one late-September date left during apple-picking season. If you'd love a Lehigh Valley PA or Bucks County PA apple-orchard portrait session please get in touch!

What's the difference between Lifestyle Photography and Documentary Photography? | |Montgomery County PA Documentary Photographer

You might see me posting a lot about these "Life Story" sessions lately. I'm going to explain a bit about how a Life Story documentary session is different than my traditional lifestyle sessions as we prepare to enter into the fall busy season and people are choosing what kind of portrait experience is best for them. If you are interested in booking a fall family portrait session, either lifestyle or documentary in Montgomery County, PA or the surrounding area, please reach out soon as my calendar is almost booked! There are only so many fall sunsets available so grab a spot now!

What is a "Lifestyle" session?

Most families have had some sort of "lifestyle" photography session done over the years. A "lifestyle" session is more modern than traditional posed portraits with props, and more traditional than a documentary session. It's kind of a comfortable middle ground. In a lifestyle session, I will gently pose your family and lead you into opportunities to connect with each other through touch or movement, in the most beautiful light available to us at an outdoor location- usually a park or a field. You can see a beautiful lifestyle motherhood session on the blog. I help coordinate your clothing and choose a beautiful location. We will do a few poses of everyone looking at me, and then use the rest of our time to connect with your family. These sessions are really beautiful and show connection, emotion and light without the use of any props. 

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How is a Life Story Documentary Session different from a lifestyle session?

A Life Story session is different than a lifestyle session because it is photojournalistic in nature. Your story, my lens. The session will take place at your home usually, or another location that is essential to the family story. We spend a few hours together and your family goes about the normal routine while I document your family life via my artistic voice. The kids are going to go about their regular play, potty training, bathtime, snacks, etc. Our goal is to give you an artistic representation of your daily life.  We are shooting for an album, to create a picture-story of this little slice of your daily world. 

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What kind of session is right for you?

When this sweet Montgomery County PA family contacted me about booking an end-of-summer session, at first mom had planned on doing a traditional lifestyle session at home. But as we talked more about what she wanted on her walls, and about the family dynamics and children's personalities, she decided that a Life Story documentary session would be more fun for the kids and would capture the authentic, beautiful chaos of life with 3 small children. I was super excited to tell their story.

We spent a little over 2 hours together than evening as the family wrapped up dinner and moved outside to spend quality time together playing water balloons, picking tomatoes, weeding the garden, and eating ice cream. When it was time for bath, I followed everyone in and concluded our story with that bedtime routine. 

Thank you so much, D Family, for inviting me into your beautiful family life. It's been such a joy to capture these moments for you. 

When I asked mom why they wanted to tell their story with a Life Story session, she responded, "The kids are growing up and Tessa is likely the last baby. I'd like to capture what it is really like having such a young family and how much fun and chaos it can be so I have fond memories to look back on and remember."

What story do you want to tell this fall? 

If you are interested in a Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County or Lehigh Valley Lifestyle or Life Story Documentary family session this fall, please book now. My October calendar is 99% full. September and November have limited availability. 

Sunshine in January | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County PA Child Photographer

SUN! At long last! My kids acted like it was summer. My boys came home from our errands and put on shorts and t-shirts even though it was only 50 degrees. They ran for hours at the park while Josephine did her best to ride the giant hand-me-down scooter that she's been dying to learn to ride. I chatted with one of my besties and we made pictures because who could resist that light after weeks of fog and clouds. 

Do you love my work? I am now booking storytelling sessions to capture the beauty of your family's day-to-day. I'd love to plan a session with you! 

Donuts + playground date | Bucks County Family Photographer

When it's 50 degrees out in January, I declare that we head out for a treat from Yum Yum Bakeshops in Quakertown, and then spend some time burning off the winter energy at the playground that my kids affectionately call, "The Castle Playground." (I have no idea what it is really called, but I know that it is across from the Quakertown Library!)

People might think we photographers are just so obsessed with our own kids that we have to take a million pictures wherever we go. Actually, the truth of it is (for me, at least), is that the art itself is the addiction and you just feel a release when shooting. You see colors, patterns, angles, repetition, lines and light all around you all the time. And on a day like today when my kids just ran and played for over an hour, I got to just play too. I don't ask them to pose and smile, and they just ignore me anyways lol. I just get to capture them being THEMSELVES on a gloomy but warm winter day :) 

And can I just say that as much as I LOVE me some dreamy backlighting, shooting on a cloudy day is so fun! The colors just pop!

When you can't rely on interesting light to make photographs more visually engaging, you have to see things from different perspectives and angles. I am drawn to really balanced and simple images with few distractions. I am drawn to lines and shapes in my imagery. And I just love working with a Sigma Art 24mm lens. Today I left the house with just this lens, and I love how it helps me to capture what I see. 

Sunrise on the farm family session | Bucks County Family Photographer

Can we just talk for a minute about sunrise light? Oh my goodness it took my breath away. This is one of my amazing repeat families (I've gotten to see them every 3 months for a year!!!! How awesome is that?!) that was truly hardcore enough to meet me for a 7:45am session on a slightly frigid morning on a farm. Sunrise is truly underrated. The quality of light is just as stunning as sunset and our location made for some really warm and cozy fall portraits, as well as fun playtime with the farm animals! The goats were getting a little frisky with us, but my little buddy Grant didn't seem to mind one bit :) 

Fall Family Session at the Lake | Bucks County Family Photographer

I adore this family and this location. We had so much fun together last weekend on a warm fall evening at Lake Nockamixon. There's something about rocks and water that makes every child happy. Thank you O Family for the opportunity to capture your family again!

From tree to table: a storytelling session of apple picking and pie making | Coopersburg PA Family Photographer

When my client contacted me the week of our session with a request for a change in plans for our location, I was totally onboard. Instead of a more traditional family session she proposed a storytelling session of their family baking apple pie. I then continued with the idea and suggested that we visit an apple orchard near their home first to capture the entire story- from tree to table. 

This session was everything my heart longs for in family photography- capturing families being together, engaged in a meaningful activity, capturing the memories of sitting on the counter in mom's kitchen and rolling out dough and cranking the apple peeler. Of dipping your toes into the flour and then one of the pies just to be silly. Of feeding the dog the leftover strips of apple peel.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I do, and I'd like to send a huge thank-you to Hamilton Orchards for their generous use of their land for our session and for the absolutely delicious apples.  

If you are interested in capturing your holiday family traditions, please contact me to book a storytelling family session at info@annemariehamant.com

At the orchard | Coopersburg, PA child photographer
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It is our favorite time of year, and our fall family traditions include apple picking on the weekend of my husband's birthday. We've been going as a family since our oldest was just 3 weeks old! 

This year we checked out a small mom and pop farm in Coopersburg called Hamilton Orchard. They have a lot of varieties and we even were able to pick the last of summer's peaches. 

Center Valley, PA In-Home Family Session

This was the sweetest family that asked me to come to their home for family portraits and capturing their baby girl at 7 months. We got to capture a fun mix of some of the day-to-day of their children in their home environment as well as some relaxed family portraits. 

Family Session in the Flower Fields | Montgomery County, PA Family Photographer

The summer sun is setting earlier and earlier these days, and I am so happy that I was able to photograph this beautiful family in these flower fields before the season ends. Their love was so sweet- you can tell just in the way they look at each other. And then there is adorable baby Harper- I loved her smile!

Snap Love Grow Featured Photographer

My photo was in the Top 10 feature on the Snap Love Grow Blog this week! The theme was Oh My Heart, and my image captured this sweet moment between my husband and son while William was hospitalized this summer. 

Welcome Maeve! Growing Family Newborn Session | Coopersburg, PA Newborn Family Photographer

I loved everything about this Growing Family session a few weeks ago as my friends welcomed their fourth baby, sweet Maeve, into their world. Growing Family sessions are my take on newborn photography- a storytelling approach to capture the authentic family life as it ebbs and flows with a new baby in the home, along with some more traditional portraits in the mix (afterall, grandmas love posed portraits, right?). 

With two older brothers and a sister, Maeve is adored beyond measure. I love the images we captured of the family in motion- both at play, and at work in the kitchen. Life goes on with a fourth baby in the house. But still, the awe over this new life is mighty. 

Lehigh Valley Lifestyle Newborn Photographer: Welcoming Baby Stella!
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I loved every minute photographing this in-home lifestyle newborn session in Nazareth, PA. This sweet family's first born is 2, and was so excited to welcome his new baby sister Stella home! Stella was about one week old when we did her session. What I love so much about lifestyle newborn work is how the older siblings are involved in the session, and I am able to capture just the family being a family- playing with the big kids, changing diapers, soothing and burping their newborn baby. All the emotions, smells, snuggles of a newborn, in their parents calming arms. Parents relaxed and in their own homes. Daddy playing hide-n-seek with big brother while baby nursed in her nursery. So many great moments from this playful session!

Childhood Unplugged Sessions: Documenting Children in Nature- Lehigh Valley Child Photographer

I am so excited to launch my Childhood Unplugged Sessions to document children in nature. I want to capture children at play, exploring, discovering, wondering, taking awe at their natural environment. These are fun sessions that we will style together, choose a location that is comfortable for the family and children's ages, and get out together with our rain boots and play clothes on! Children have a natural curiosity and these sessions allow them freedom to engage in nature without worrying about performing or posing for the camera. If you are a family that enjoys the outdoors, please consider booking a child or family session with me to capture this amazing connection with nature. I have so many great locations in mind for these and we are lucky to live in an area filled with natural playgrounds. 

Childhood unplugged sessions last about one hour, preferably shot the hour before sundown. 

9-month Old Milestone Session: Bucks County, PA Baby Photographer

One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is when I get to develop long-lasting relationships with my clients. I am delighted to be offering lifestyle milestone baby portrait sessions in the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County, PA. I met Grant this Fall when he was 6-months old and it was so fun to see him again this weekend. SO much change in just 3 months! He is crawling, babbling, holding himself up and taking steps while assisted by mom and dad. I also adore his nursery with a woodland animal theme. Love this family's style!

Here are a few favorites from Grant's 9-month old milestone session. I can't wait to see him again this summer to celebrate his first birthday!

If you are interested in lifestyle baby photography for your little one, please contact me for a custom milestones package quote!