Based in Howard County, Maryland, Christina Tundo Photography serves all the definitions of family within the DMV area, preserving the authentic moments, both big and small, that you want to hold onto forever.
I had a big moment of realization after BreAnne Weston’s workshop in Utah about family photos. Having moments documented and images are so priceless and special because parents may be in tough moments in their lives. They will be able to look back at those images and see how they were loved and how much love they gave their families. Even when things are chaotic, there are those moments of joy. Being able to document those special moments for families means the world to me. After being a family photographer for several years, I’ve come to realize that there’s a few reasons people don’t book a session. We’ll get into them in a minute – but I want to share this beautiful Castle Bridge Farm mommy and me portrait session so that you can see exactly how untrue those two reasons are!
First, I think families avoid booking a family portrait session because they’re stressed out about it all. Parents worry that their kids won’t last long enough for portraits. Not to mention, planning for the session can feel stressful. I want to reassure parents of a few things. For one, I’m a parent myself and I’ve been photographing families for years. I’ve seen it all. While a lot is out of our control when working with toddlers, it’s okay! There’s still so much beauty in those moments.
The second fear I hear a lot is that people think their family isn’t photogenic or worthy of being photographed. And I want you to hear me loud and clear: Your family’s memories MATTER. I’m here to capture who you are in a way that feels classic and timeless. I love being able to help families prep for their session, save them time, and take things off their plate as part of the experience. I do prep families that sessions will feel chaotic and there will be times where you just have to play it cool and let me take the lead. But no matter what, your family should absolutely be photographed.
Those two fears lead me to my session at Castle Bridge Farm with this beautiful family! This was one of those sessions that felt a bit chaotic because toddlers are… well, toddlers. Summer sessions can be super hot and the evening weather is tough so morning sessions are ideal instead. As we were walking over to the spot I wanted to photograph Becca and her girls at, wet dewy grass was the culprit. Big sister was NOT having it. Becca and I took turns carrying her to the spot along with encouraging her to walk. Even with toweling off her feet, she was not having it. We had a good laugh and once my camera was in my hand, I documented those realities of parenthood. Despite not being perfect, it turned out to be a beautiful session because we captured this narrative – the one that’s true for Becca and her girls. What makes these photos special is that this story will always be a part of their family. Those tough moments matter – they’re real and they’re organic.
Becca still looked amazing in one of the dresses from my client closet (and a hat we borrowed from another client!). We still captured special moments between her and her girls. For years to come, Becca (I hope) will treasure these portraits – and that was possible because she believed this session was going to happen in the first place.
Let Becca’s session inspire you to book your family portraits. Trust me, no matter how your session goes – your family is worth capturing. Your memories are worth preserving, and your story is worth telling.