Arlene Easterwood Photography Lighthouse Glen Cove Marina

Hey there!

Thank you so much for your interest in me for your family session! My approach to documenting your family is not to give too much direction, but instead to just have fun with you guys and allow you to be yourselves. Having your family photographed with a more natural approach gives me the opportunity to capture those authentic moments and details from this time in your lives for you to remember.  My inspiration comes from families just like yours and being able to capture your special connections and uniqueness. I can’t wait to spend some time with you!

learn a little more about me.


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booking your session

  • you’ll check me out and make sure that I'm the right photographer for your family. make sure to browse my website to get to know me and get a feel for my style of documenting by visiting my portfolio. feel free to reach out to me to chat!

  • investing in your family memories:

    • 60 minute session | 45 hi-res images | $475

    • 90 minute session | 75 hi-res images | $590

    • please send me a message to inquire about multiple session packages!

  • once you’ve decided that you want me to create some memories for you, we’ll communicate through email or phone call to set a date, time, and location for your session. I will send you, via email, a session questionnaire + agreement. The session questionnaire allows me get to know your family better and helps me create a loose plan for our session to make sure I document everything you're wanting during our time together. the agreement will list all my terms and conditions. in the same email you’ll also receive an invoice for your session in which a minimum of 20% of your session fee will be due in order to secure your date, time, and location on my calendar. It is a non-refundable deposit, but can be applied to a future session in case of session cancellation.

before your session

  • reach out to me via text, email, phone call to ask about our session or just to chat - i’m pretty friendly :) I try respond pretty promptly, but I do have two littles who like to keep me very busy, so if i’m a little delayed in responding, that is probably why, haha!

  • i’ll reach out to you a few days before our session to say hi, make sure everyone is feeling good, and confirm our date, time, and location.

  • if you haven’t paid the remainder of your session fee, i’ll send a friendly reminder to do so :)

  • sometimes families ask about what to wear, so here are some tips!

    • Wear what’s comfortable for you, but something that looks put together. You want to be able to move around a little! Try on different outfits and feel confident in what you’re wearing. If you’re uncomfortable, it may show in photos and I definitely want to capture your best selves!

    • think coordinate, not match! when everyone is wearing the same white top with jeans, it can end up looking bland. play with your outfits!

    • Patterns are great, but if everyone is wearing a pattern, your photos may end up looking a little busy. I do love a good mixing of patterns throughout the family and there’s a way to do this nicely by choosing subtle patterns and mixing them with color rich tones.

    • if you’re not a fan of mixing patterns, have one person wear a pattern, and try to find colors in that pattern for the other participants to wear.

    • pops of color! include them for some fun!

    • For some outfit inspiration, check out this Pinterest board I created for some looks I’m loving for this season

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session day

  • yay session day is here! here’s what to expect:

    • We will meet and say our hellos!

      • if we are photographing in your home, I usually advise my clients to put anything they don’t want in their photos in a closet or a corner/room that we will not be photographing in. If you have children, I totally understand that mess is just a part of life, so I also say, embrace your mess, leave it out, it’s real life :)

      • if we’re meeting at somewhere else, anything you don’t want in the photos can go into my backpack or with my assistant and we will get started!

    • Expect me to be a goofball. Warning, I may laugh like a hyena :)

    • I play “games” with my families. Meaning, I may give you some prompts, if needed, in order to capture an authentic reaction/emotion.

    • warning: a potty word or two may come out. for example: “poop” or “fart”. they make for some great laughs.

    • I will definitely get traditional posed family/solo portraits, but I love to capture the natural moments. I want to photograph you guys being you! So really, do whatever it is you guys do together, whether it’s sitting on a blanket having a picnic, or simply just being together and talking about your day. I may ask you to move your hair out of your face, or to sit up a touch, etc. but thats it! I try to give minimal direction aside from the prompts I may give you.

    • in addition to photographing you at a comfortable distance, i’ll also be close up and far away so don’t be surprised if i’m up in your face or hiding behind a tree :)

    • Be prepared for lots of laughs, kisses, snuggles, and tickles!

  • nervous about having a family session? here are some pointers for a family session photographed by me (or by someone else):

    • plan to arrive about ten minutes early. this will give some time to do any last minute quick fixes with your hair, clothes, and will also give me a chance to get your kids to warm up to me a little.

    • RELAX! I’m chill, you’re chill, we’re all chill. Its awkward having your photos taken, but just remember these are for YOU to enjoy and look back on, so just take a deep breath, it’s a no pressure vibe :)

    • If you hate having your photos taken, you’re gonna have to suck it up, and I’m saying that in the nicest way possible :) Make it enjoyable for yourself and your family. HAVE FUN!

    • make sure your kids are fed! happy bellies, happy babes!

    • Feel free to have some music, songs, dances, jokes, games, or stories ready that you know will engage everyone!

    • Show love. That means, show your parents/siblings/kids love whatever that may look like (arms around each other, holding hands, head on shoulder). Same goes for your significant others - hand holding, being close, smooches. Show your love for each other all session long!

    • Capturing your children’s other moods and personalities are great to remember in photos too! So if someone is having a meltdown, making a funny face, fell and scraped their knee, or being difficult, just know I may snap those moments too!

    • Bribery: I love it! But keep those snacks and goodies in your bag or car until after we’re done or towards the end of our session. Keep in mind that snacks can be messy, so crumbs and any toys you bring may end up being in every photo, but if you’re okay with it, so am I!

    • If your children are testing limits, try to keep your energy light by smiling and laughing.

    • Have fun and be yourselves!

after our session

  • We laughed, we played, we had a good time! we will end our session with me saying thank you about ten times (haha), goodbyes, high fives, hugs, and a little gift for the littles.

  • I will go home and think about all the fun we had and hopefully you’ll do the same :)

  • I will edit and create a gallery of your best images and have your collection uploaded and emailed to you within 14 business days of our session. I may post a sneak peek or two on my social media, so don’t forget to follow me on instagram and facebook!

  • your gallery will have a “shop” tab where you will be able to purchase prints, cards, and other fun things!

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that’s it!

I think I covered it all, but if there are any questions at all or if you need any clarification on anything, please reach out. I’m so excited to document all the love and sweet moments for you! from my family to yours, thank you so much for your consideration!

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