Newtown Connecticut Family Photographer | Five tips to rock your family photos

Five tips to rock your family photos

You have officially booked your family session and now it is time to prepare for it! You might be feeling a bit nervous, but that is completely normal. How do you do you prepare exactly? Here are my top 5 tips for rocking your family photos


1) Relax

We all know having a camera in front of you can be intimidating, and it can be stressful trying to make sure your children are looking tip top and behaving, but staying calm and relaxed is always one of my top suggestions. If you are stressed, it will show in pictures and I want you to be enjoying your time your little ones loving on them, ticking them and just being together.

2) On the day of the session be sure everyone is well rested and fed.

We can all get a bit cranky when these basic needs are not met. It is important no one shows up to the session on an empty stomach. I encourage everyone has a substantial meal before the session to provide the energy to make it through a fun and potentially active session.

-Nothing worse than having hangry children during your family session


3) Be prepared to have fun, giggle and play games with your family.

I am not the photographer that focuses on everyone looking perfectly at the camera, but instead focus on the little moments and the connection between family members. We don’t want you to have to have stiff and rigid family photos for you to look back upon.

I always encourage my clients to loosen up, have fun, snuggle and laugh with their family. Don’t be afraid of playing with your children; tossing your toddler in the air, swinging your child back & forth, tickling your children or playing ring around the Rosie. Interacting with your children and playing with your children will create more genuine and happy smiles.


4) Be calm and patient with your little ones.

Little ones can be very hit or miss when it comes to their moods, they can be very unpredictable. I roll with the punches and try everything up my sleeve I can to get a smile out of them, but parents staying cool, calm and collective is often the best solution to their cranky vibes.


If their mood starts to go bad to worse in a matter of seconds I always recommend parents

  • Stay calm (they can sense when you are tense/stressed and it will make them more upset)

  • Hold them/rock them/sing to them/pat them on the back

  • Bring the child’s favorite comfort toy/book for them to hold, it can help calm them down


There is nothing sweeter than a photo of a momma comforting and loving on her baby.

5) Give yourself enough time


I suggest arriving to the session at least 10 minutes early dressed and ready. I photograph the hour before sunset (golden hour) and after this hour the light is very limited. Be sure to give yourself enough time to get ready and to get to the location, nothing is worse then when you are rushing.

You’ve got this! I try to keep the session upbeat and fun for everyone.

Newtown Connecticut Lifestyle Newborn and Family Photographer | You are so loved

Baby girl you are so loved, and you don't even know yet. 


Your Mommy and Daddy waited patiently for nine months to hold you tight, kiss you and hug you.


They look at you and with magic in their eyes because they are so happy to have you be apart of their family.


Your brother is so overjoyed to have you in his life. He loves to hold you, kiss you and he will always be there to protect you. 


You are such an amazing addition to the world. You are so loved and your family's love for you will forever grow with you. You are so loved and always will be.

Welcome sweet baby girl!

Fresh 48, It's a girl | Fairfield County Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and Family Photographer

I photographed the sweetest Fresh 48 session recently! For this Fresh 48 session this sweet family didn’t know the sex of their second child until she was born.

Are you curious of what a Fresh 48 session is? A Fresh 48 is a session takes place within the first 48 hours of your baby's life. This session focuses on your newborn baby and your family as a whole. The first couple days of welcoming your baby into the world can feel like such a blur with such happy and important memories taking place in such a short period of time. This will be one of your favorite days of your life and I want you to have images from this time to remember. The session typically takes place in the hospital, home, birthing center and is up to 60 minutes long. 


Surprise its a GIRL!


Now they are blessed with not one, but TWO little girls.


This sweet momma was over the moon to have her newest baby in her arms after a long 9 months of waiting.


This sweet new addition was WIDE awake during most of the session and was happiest being held by her Mommy & Daddy.


Her big sister was so excited to hold her, kiss her and give her the pacifier when the baby got fussy. I have a feeling they will make a great duo one day!


Welcome baby M!

Where to shop for your fall session | Fairfield County Family Photographer

It officially feels like fall now with the cold temperature! Now it is the PERFECT time to plan for your fall session.

Are you struggling to find outfits for your family session? I am sharing my suggestions on what to wear and my favorite places to shop!


We are creating a memory of your favorite day. I want you to choose clothing that reflects who you are as a person, makes you feel beautiful and confident.


For women and girls: long flow dresses help create a feeling of movement and emotion in your images. Choose solid colors or timeless prints that compliment your skin tone.

You can find amazing pieces at

  • Free People

  • Lulus

  • Jen’s Pirate Booty

  • Forever 21


Girls: There are so many sweet options for girls! Here are some of my favorite places to shop for girls.

  • Zara

  • Target

  • Old Navy

  • Rylee & Crew


For men and boys: I recommend they wear v neck t-shirts and button ups in solid neutral colors: white, black and blue and fitted shorts or pants.

Here are some of my suggestions where to shop for boys:

  • Old Navy

  • H &M

  • Gap

  • Zara

Here my favorite shops for men:

  • Gap

  • Jcrew


I have a Style Pinterest board that is divided into separate boards for each member of your family. It has images of outfits and then has direct links to where to purchase the clothing. I pinned my favorite choices for the Fall season!

Top 5 Reasons Not To Procrastinate on your Fall family photos Newtown, Connecticut Family Photographer

Fall is right around the corner, some of you are ready Fall to come, and others are trying to keep summer from disappearing. Before we know it the fall season will be in full swing whether we like it or not!


Fall is the perfect time to take your photos for your holiday card. Do you want to know why? I am going to share my top reasons why I think you shouldn't procrastinate this year on holiday cards!!


Why is Fall the perfect time of year to get your family photos taken?


1) The weather is JUST right, not too hot and not too cold. If you wait until the week before Holiday cards have to be mailed out you will be finding your family photos will be full of snotty noses and super rosy red cheeks from the cold weather.

2) The foliage is a beautiful arrangement of vibrant colors making it a gorgeous background for your photos! We all know those beautiful leaves only last for a very limited time before dropping to the ground leaving us looking at bare trees. The colorful leaves are a much prettier backdrop then bare trees! 

3) You won't find yourself scrambling for time waiting for your cards to be delivered in time

4) During the Fall the sunsets get earlier and earlier, so that means you get that beautiful golden light during your family session! Golden hours is the hour before sunset and during summer golden hour is typically around a child's bedtime. The sessions take place earlier in the night and it can be more flexible for families with children with early bedtimes.

5) The fall wardrobe is the comfiest! During your family session think this comfy long dresses, cozy warm sweaters and your family cuddled up on warm blankets. Sounds perfect to me!


Ready to book a last minute family session? I still have a couple dates left for September & October and I would love to photograph your sweet family!

Fall Family Wardrobe 101

If you follow me on Instagram I know I promised my followers I would share my top suggestions of what to wear for this upcoming Fall season! 


Styling your family for a photo shoot can be very stressful at times, but I am here to help make the whole process quick and painless!!


Here are my top 5 tips for styling your family for your upcoming session:

1) Start with one outfit and add on/work from there. 

 2) Complement & coordinate, but don't get too matchy 

3) Find a color palette that you love and choose outfits that compliment each other without looking too matchy-matchy. We want everyone to look unique and portray their individual style.

4) Opt for neutrals with a few pops of color or a softer palette that has different ranges in tone of the same shades. Neutrals tend to photograph better. Bright/neon colors can create color casts that then reflect onto your skin.

5) Stay away from the 'blue jeans and white t-shirt' for everyone or outfits that don't allow personality. 


Do we all have to match? 

When you think of a family photo shoot, many think of everyone wearing the same exact color...Looks great right? Nope! Matching clothes can be quite overwhelming and everyone tends to blend in with one another when photographed.

I encourage the families to coordinate outfits. For example, choose a color shirt for mom that compliments with dad's. instead, for example choosing a color shirt for mom that compliments with dads. Choose 2 or 3 colors that you think will work well together. This allows everyone to stand out instead of blending in with one another.


When you book a session with me clients recieve a style guide as well as a client guide helping them make the process of getting ready for family sessions easy! 


We are creating a memory of your favorite day. I want you to choose clothing that reflects who you are as a person and makes you feel both beautiful and confident! Check out my style guide on pinterest for my favorite fall picks for 2018 in the box below.  

Are you missing within your family photos? Fairfield County, CT Family Photographer

There is often one member in the family who is not usually in the photos because they happen to be the one taking the pictures.


Does this sound familiar to you?

When you do happen to  get in with photos are the only photos you are in selfies where you only can see your left eye?


I encourage people to book family sessions as the stage of life with little ones goes by us so quickly, and I want to be sure everyone has the opportunity to have memories of it. It is such a special time in life, and everyone deserves to be apart of the family portrait.


During family sessions, I encourage everyone to participate in the session. I want to capture them smiling with their children, playing with their children and just loving on their children. I want to document your life as a parent whether it is a mother or a father, your role in your child's life deserves to be remembered and treasured.


I want to document your life as a parent whether it is a mother or a father, your role in your child's life deserves to be remembered and treasured.  This stage of life goes by us so quickly, and I want to be sure everyone has the opportunity to remember it through photographs.

Fall 2018 Promotion: Fairfield County, Connecticut

I believe we have lost touch with making prints of our family images. Most of our photos are digital copies which are trapped on our phones, computers and yes facebooks. When I was a child we would have all our images printed and then put into albums; we have physical proof of our family's childhood memories. Most of us have hard copies of the photographs from of our childhood for our future generations to see, physically touch and hold, but the next generation has their childhood backed up on google drive or facebook. 


For my niece's generation to show them a photo of when they were baby's we pull out our phones and look at our facebook albums. We don't have the actual physical copies of their childhood images and we could lose them if we were to lose our phones or if Facebook were to suddenly disappear one day.  


I believe prints matter, so for the month of August when you purchase a collection featuring digital files, you’ll also receive the corresponding 4x6 print - absolutely FREE

To find out more about pricing click in the box below




What is a Fresh 48 session? Wilton, Ct Photographer

If you are a parent, I am sure one of the days in your life you remember vividly is the day your children were born.

It is both a joyous and happy time in your life. You are in pure bliss state of mind, and you are trying to take it all in and not forget this special time in your life. 


What is a Fresh 48 session?

A Fresh 48 is a session takes place within the first 48 hours of your baby's life. This session focuses on your newborn baby and your family as a whole. The first couple days of welcoming your baby into the world can feel like such a blur with such happy and important memories taking place in such a short period of time. This will be one of your favorite days of your life and I want you to have images from this time to remember. The session typically takes place in the hospital, home, birthing center and is up to 60 minutes long. 

What do you photograph?

I photograph your newest addition and your family. I focus on the baby for the first half of the session photographing the little details of your baby such as

  • the hospital hats/blankets your child is wearing or wrapped up within
  • the hospital bracelets on their tiny ankles
  • their tiny wrinkly toes and fingers
  • the baby in the hospital bassinet 

I then add mom, dad and any siblings to the frame, focusing on the connection that you have with for your bundle of joy. I find it is essential to capture mom and dad with their newborn; it is a gift you are giving yourself and your baby for the future. They will have the ability to look back on the day they were born and see the love you had for them. Some moments that happen within your baby's first few hours of being born are moments you can not recreate again. 


  • your oldest children meeting your newborn for the first time
  • introduction to family members
  • the tight embrace or kiss you give your newborn that you've waited 9 months to do
  • mom/dad's first diaper change
  • going home from the hospital 



Why should we choose to book a Fresh 48 session?

I think it is a very important memory to have for not only yourselves, but your children to look back on. There will days where you wish they would get bigger, but you soon will discover that time goes by much faster than we plan and one day in the not so distant future you will want to turn back time to these days. The days are long, but the years are short. Before you know it you soon will be preparing yourself for your baby's first birthday. Be sure to cherish all of the newborn days including the rough days where you find yourself wishing for a full nights sleep.


Kendra Conroy Photography is now offering Fresh 48 sessions. Are you interested in learning more about Fresh 48 sessions? Feel free to send an email to me.

Spring Recap: Newtown, Ct Family Photographer

What have you missed this Spring? It certainly has been a busy season and I am always so fortunate to have such awesome clients. While I cannot simply share every image from this spring, I'd love to share a few!


Recently I have created a personalized style guide for my clients. When you book a session with me you will recieve both a style guide and a client guide. The style guide provides both photos and links of what to wear for your session, helping you dress both stylish and comfortable. Both guides will prepare you for your session and give you information of what to do to get ready for your session.

I collaborated with a company that specializes in making baby blankets that say "I am enough". Here is a quote from the owner of the company explaining why she chose to make the blankets. "For our children to grow up knowing they are enough. They are smart enough, beautiful enough, brave enough and strong enough. For this next generation to grow to be fierce and confident, with dreams and aspirations. Our blanket is a daily reminder that all children deserve to feel strong. Strong enough to be themselves, to speak their minds and to try new things, even if they may fall." In an upcoming blog post I will be sharing the heartwarming and special stories of what makes these little ones truely one of a kind. 


I also had the opportunity to photograph some expectant mommas & their sweet families!


I cannot wait to share more images and details regarding these spring sessions!


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