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Ridgefield 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 little boy.

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.

Book today for your Fall 2019 session

Fall is right around the corner and I cannot believe it. Now is the time to book your fall family sessions before it’s too late!

This week is the perfect time for you to book as I am running a special promotion this week only! When you book your session and choose collection 3 you can recieve $300 off the collection. Collection 3 is by far a client favorite and my favorite as well! This is such an amazing deal you won’t want to miss out on as it here for only a short amount of time.


If you have been interested in booking a session with me, this is a perfect time to book. The promotion applies to family, newborn and maternity sessions.

The promotion is limited to the first 10 sessions booked and sessions must take place this fall, by December 8th ,2019. Does not apply to sessions already booked.

Promotion ends this upcoming Friday, July 26th at 11:59 pm.

*Cannot be combined with any other specials.*

2019 is the year to get in the photos

Motherhood, it is such a beautiful part of this world, and you feel so blessed to be a mother to your children.

You absolutely deserve all the photographs with your babies. Make 2019 the year you get in the frame with your babies.


You have a baby on your hip and a toddler at your feet. Your days are full of

  • kissing the boo boos away,

  • changing a million diapers

  • rocking your baby in your arms back & forth all day

  • listening to the same frozen soundtrack over & over

  • giving them all the love, kisses and hugs possible

  • shooing the monsters under the bed away


All of your days of being a mother aren’t a piece of cake and a majority of your days are absolutely exhausting, but you wouldn’t change it for the world. You wouldn’t have it any other way because your children are your world.


These days of your children being little are extremely short and before you know it you’ll be sending your youngest off to high school. It is absolutely insane how fast time goes by us and how fast our little ones grow up before our very eyes. You are constantly snapping photos of your babies and your husband on your iphone, but do you make sure you are in the frame as well? You don’t want to look back on these days in years to come and regret not getting a photo of your children because you were worried about how tired you looked. You absolutely deserve all the photographs with your babies and one day you will cherish these photographs.


Make 2019 the year you get in the frame with your babies.

This upcoming March I will be offering Motherhood minis for the first time. I want to give Mommas the opportunity to have photographs of them with their children, and give them a gift of memories for them to cherish for years to come. Interested in more details? Be sure to stay tuned to my newsletter and instagram stories!

Secret Iphone camera tips for the Holidays | Ridgefield, Ct Newborn and Family Photographer

Christmas is right around the corner and while your wrapping presents take a second to read my top suggestions on how to take a good family iPhone pictures .
The holidays are such a magical time of year and I believe these moments should be documented.


Here are some tips for you that you can easily use your iPhone to document your Christmas day.  

Tips for iPhone photos for Christmas morning

Don’t zoom in: Don’t zoom in either get closer to the subject or wait until after you take the photo to edit it.

Natural light is critical and can help make a photo. Try to stand in a spot that has the best light, but beware of shadows casting on the skin.

Sunshine icon: Adjust the light in camera as needed it is looking too bright or dark. There is an option to adjust the lighting by clicking the screen, and a sunshine icon will appear. You can move the sunshine up to add more light and move it down to brighten it.

Use a self-timer: Setting up a timer instead of a selfie. Mix it up this year, if you cannot hand off your phone to take a photo just us the self-timer option. Setup your iPhone at an eye-level position (windowsill or mantel), make sure to use the back of the camera (the quality will be much better) and set the 10-second timer. It will take ten photos and will give you plenty of options to choose from. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get a good shot, but is often worth it documenting the holidays with your loved ones!

Use your Apple watch as a remote shutter.

Open the Camera app on your Apple Watch, and it will automatically open the Camera app on the paired iPhone. Prop up the iPhone in a nice vantage point while checking the shot is right on your Apple WatchWhen you're happy, either tap the white circle on the watch screen to take the photo or hit the '3s' button to set a three-second delay. The latter is useful when you want to take - and be in - a group family photo and not be looking down at your watch at the moment the shutter goes off.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! I am so excited to see what 2019 brings and to photograph all of my awesome clients both new & old in this upcoming new year.

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Top Last minute photo gifts to give

Top Last minute photo gifts to give

The holidays are less than one month away and the countdown is on! Now it is time to get your act together!

Here are some ideas for you that you can easily use your images from your 2018 photo session or cell phone images. Nothing is sweeter than seeing photos you love so very much printed out for loved ones to see! Here are some gift ideas for loved ones that involved prints!

  1. Personalized Photo Ornaments-

    Head to your craft store and pick up a couple ornaments have the option to put your own photo in. Most wallet-sized images fit inside these little frames. This is the perfect little gift for grandparents.

2) Print in a wooden block or metal photo holder

  • This is a perfect idea for those that don’t have much space to display photos on the walls or shelves. You have the flexibility of alternating your display by rotating out different photos


3) Photos in a decorative frame-

  • Pick out a favorite image of yours and head to Target or Home Goods to select a decorative frame. There are so many different options of decorative frames at Home Goods, put that beautiful print inside and it will be ready to go for your gift! It can’t get any simpler than that! No need to give a large printout, I think a 4x6 or 5x7 print is perfect!  


4)  Decorative photo album- Get a small decorative album to fill with your favorite prints from your session or iPhone. You can arrange the photos any way you want and they will have the option to use the photos inside in different ways around their home.  It will be the perfect gift for loved ones!


5) Photo display clips/ropes-Do you know someone that loves prints and is running out of ways to display them? Most Home Goods/Tjmacs sell ropes in which you can hang on your walls and clip prints to them. It is a creative way to display your images and you have the option to switch out the images without the hassle.


Missing prints to make these gifts? Order through Kendra before 12/15 and receive your order before 12/23!

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Lifestyle Newborn Faq: Ridgefield Connecticut Lifestyle Newborn and Family Photographer

Do you have an upcoming newborn session with me, but still have questions?

This will be a helpful guide which will answer any questions you might have for me regarding how newborn sessions work!


What is the difference between a lifestyle newborn session and a posed newborn session?

Posed newborn sessions often take place in a studio and include lights, blankets and props. While Lifestyle newborn sessions take place within the clients home, using natural light and don’t involve any props. Lifestyle newborn sessions are very laid back and run all on the baby’s schedule. The baby often runs the show and I like to build in enough time during the session for multiple feedings, diaper changes etc.

With lifestyle sessions, I don’t focus on the picture perfect smiles of everyone looking at the camera. Sometimes getting everyone to focus their attention on the camera and smiling can be frustrating and exhausting so I instead focus on the moments of you cradling or rocking your newborn in your arms while your husband tosses your toddler in the air. I want to keep everyone happy and make sure the session very laid back.

Can parents and siblings be in the photos?

Yes of course and in fact I often encourage it! I usually focus on the family as a whole and have your family focus your attention on the baby. I encourage my clients to just take it all in and just love on your newborn baby. Cuddle them, kiss them and hug them. This stage of your life is full of joy and excitement welcoming a new baby and I want to document all of the different emotions for you to remember.


Where Are We Going To Take The Photos?

  • A majority of the session will take place in the baby's room or master bedroom or living room

  • I often love to pose the family and new baby in the parent's bed, on the couch, anywhere comfy and snuggly.

How Long Is The Session?

-Anywhere between 1 hour to 2 hours max all depending on how baby’s mood is. Typically during newborn sessions we take a lot of feeding and diaper changing breaks.


What Do We Wear?

  • I recommend my clients dress comfortably (The session is a laid back and fun shoot so it is important you feel comfortable whatever you are wearing).

  • I recommend to moms to wear a light and flowy shirt or dress. I want you to be comfortable during your session and feel your best. Layers and textured fabrics look great in photos.

  • Try to stick to the Neutral/Pastel color palette. I find that the colors cream, white, tan, taupe and gray tend to photograph best. I recommend avoiding busy patterns, bright colors (they can create a color cast on your skin) and clothing with characters/wording on them as they can be distracting.

  • When my clients book they receive a style guide and a what to expect guide, both will guide you through how to prepare for your session including what colors to wear for your session.

    What if the baby starts to cry during our session?

No worries! I am always prepared for breaks- The baby runs the show and will take some occasional breaks for feedings, diaper changes etc. Babies can be very unpredictable and it is totally normal for the baby to be fussy.

What Should The Baby Wear?

  • The baby will be swaddled a majority of the session, but I suggest setting aside 1 or 2 simple outfits for them to wear during the session. I suggest picking out a solid or lightly patterned swaddle for the baby to wear during the session.


When should we book our newborn session?

  • I recommend my clients book at least 6-8 weeks before newborn sessions to guarantee a spot on the calendar. My newborn sessions take place within the clients home and typically take place two weeks after the baby is born.

Did I miss anything feel free to reach out to Kendra at to set up a phone call to discuss your newborn session further.

Are you a holiday card procrastinator? Ridgefield, Ct Newborn and Family Photographer

Are you a holiday card procrastinator? You have the ideas in your head, the specific cards picked out, but no images to fill them up?


Well Kendra is here to save the day! Book your session before this upcoming Tuesday December 13th and get your images delivered back in one week! Normally my turn around time is three weeks, but I decided to up it for this time of year only! It won’t be lasting long, but it is the perfect opportunity for you procrastinators!


Worried it is too cold outside for photos? No worries! Photos can also take place in your home of your family decorating the tree, cuddle up in front of your fireplace reading stories or doing fun activities such as baking cookies! The ideas are endless, but your time is not. Email to book before your time has run out.

Shout out to the winter babies in Connecticut: Ridgefield, Ct Lifestyle Newborn and Family Photographer;

Are you expecting a winter baby this upcoming year? I was born on the very last day of December, and I have to say that it is an extraordinary time of year to have a birthday.

This year has been the most special one yet! The year 2018 has been so full of both new and returning clients. My heart is so full, and I am very thankful for all of those who have supported my small business.

Starting in 2019 I will now be opening up my calendar and taking more bookings for Fresh 48 & Newborn. I have decided to focus more of my attention on photographing one of my passions, and I am excited to start giving my clients more options. My 2019 calendar is filling up very fast, and I only have a few spots left. I don’t want you to miss out on having the opportunity in photographing your Fresh 48 or Newborn session.

I have a couple of openings for newborn sessions for January-March, and I would love to capture your bundle of joy! I love photographing sweet newborns and their families, and I find it very rewarding. Lifestyle newborn sessions typically take place in your home about two weeks after the baby birth date while Fresh 48 sessions take place up to 48 hours after their arrival in the hospital.

Here are a few of my favorite images from one of my most recent newborn sessions I photographed at the end of October. This baby below is sweet baby Oliver and his family. His family feels so incredibly blessed to welcome him into their family, and I had the honor of photographing their new family of four.

Interested in booking a Fresh 48 or a Newborn session, but have more questions regarding Fresh 48 or Newborn sessions?

Email to for my guide to booking a Fresh 48 /Newborn session.

Black Friday Specials

It is officially holiday season now that thanksgiving is over and now it is time for the very limited time offers for Black Friday!


Don’t forget these specials are for a limited time and have limited quantities. Are you ready to hear what I am offering?

Special: #1-

  • $100 off collection 2-4 when booking a 2019 session (limited to the first 2 bookings)

  • Receive $50 off collection 1 when booking a 2019 session (limited to the first 2 bookings)

    -Retainer and full session fee must be paid in full at the time of booking. Cannot be used towards already booked sessions*

Special #2-

Do you still have heart eyes from your fall images and regretting not purchasing additional digitals or prints? Now is the perfect time to order those digitals or prints for the holidays. They make for perfect gifts for the holidays!

  • 25% off of digital images and prints

Special #3-

-Book a maternity or newborn session and get a $200 credit towards a Fresh 48 session


Specials are due to expire Monday 11/26 evening at 8 pm!

Are you ready to book or order more digital images? Email me at


*All sessions booked and collections purchased on Black Friday with special #1 must be used by August 1st, 2019. No refunds will be given on Black Friday purchases. Contract will be sent within one week of purchase and due back signed upon receiving.*

Specials listed above cannot be combined with any other offers/specials.

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Ridgefield Connecticut: Family and Newborn Photographer Kendra Conroy Photography: Tips on downloading and storing your images:

Your images are now ready to download and

now what do you do?

Tips on downloading and storing your images:

Photographs are very important and special to you and your family. It is devastating to lose special memories and can be very expensive to recover when the images become lost/damaged.

It is critical to be prepared by storing them in multiple places. Storing them in various places can give you peace of mind if something were ever to happen (theft, fire/water damage, etc). I store my images on an online storage system (I use google drive), a backup hard drive (or 2 never hurts) and for really important photos, put them on a USB in a fireproof box with other important papers.

USB-Pay an additional fee to have images delivered on a custom usb from Kendra Conroy Photography

PRINT PRINT PRINTS-Making copies of your images in both digital and print form is very important. Prints are classic and something you won’t ever regret doing. Digital files have a risk of being lost in the cloud, stolen, corrupted and damaged, having a printed copy is always a good idea.

Backup Hard drive-One of the best suggestions is to have your images stored in multiple places as technology can fail, and files can be damaged. It is much better to be safe than sorry to store your images in various places. -If you need suggestions for a good external hard drive, Wirecutter, the New York Times product-review site, has a roundup of options at different sizes and price points here.

Online Cloud service- Backup images to online cloud service. There are multiple different online places to back up your , and all have their pros & cons, be sure to research before choosing a service. Many services offer free backups and can be very convenient as you can view them from multiples places (phone, iPad, tablet and computer.) -Suggested services-Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Prime

Do’s and dont’s:

● When downloading images from your online gallery, I suggest downloading them onto your computer rather than your phone/tablet/iPad. The quality might not be the same

● Don’t print images from your phone

● Don’t rely on only storing images on facebook or other social media outlets. The images size can be reduced dramatically, and the quality won’t be good when trying to print pictures.

● Be aware not all places that print images will be the same quality as the digital version and cannot be guaranteed to be the same quality as when getting them printed through Kendra Conroy Photography.

● 3rd Party printing places such as Walgreens, Shutterfly, and Walmart can alter the images to make them oversaturated, duller, or less sharp.

● Don’t rely on storing your images in one place as things can happen when you least expect it, and you can lose very important images within seconds. Recover services do exist when files go missing but can be very pricey and can't as be guaranteed to work.

Do you have any more questions regarding how to download or store your special photographs? Feel free to email