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Why I wrote a Guide to DIY your Spring Family Photo sessions

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

How I started my photography journey

Family Photoshoot in Bay Area by Beautiful Stories Photography
Bay Area Family Photography

It was summer of 2015, we had planned a family vacation to North Carolina, South Carolina and Atlanta with our spunky little 2 years old girl. This would be the first ever 10 day long road trip with our little one and I was determined to capture every single bit of it.

I have been thinking about getting myself an entry level dslr camera, I mean don't we all get into photography when our kids are born? After all, diaper bags and cameras go hand-in-hand. My husband surprised me with one right before our trip!

I was excited is an understatement! I had boards and boards of pinned baby and family pictures on my Pinterest. I knew exactly the kind of photography I wanted to do. Emotive, Candid and Heartfelt images of Moms loving on her kids. So on our way to Myrtle Beach I poured over my camera manual reading and remembering every single one of the controls on my camera and figuring out how to operate this beautiful black box.

By the time we reached the beach, I had a pretty good idea what every button did on my camera. I pulled it out, set my camera on aperture mode and clicked my very first picture. To my surprise and utter disappointment it looked nothing like what I had imagined in my mind!

It was hazy, kind of dark and the colors were all off! I was not able to capture in my camera what I was seeing with my eyes. I switched my camera to auto mode for the trip, it was now like a point and shoot camera. Obviously did not take any magnificent pictures, but did ok to document our Family Vacation. I was determined to learn though.

There began an 8 year long journey into photography. I poured over every tutorial, online class I could get my hands on. I photographed every single day! I finally got where I wanted to be and then further along. It was a long journey but I never forgot the frustration I felt on our trip where I so desperately wanted to photograph my family. I always wanted to know how other photographers do it. How do they photograph their own and their client's family so beautifully. What are the exact settings, poses or props they use to get those stunning images. I did not find a short cut but I did figure out eventually with the help of many classes and constant practice.

This is where this Spring Guide comes in! I created a guide that will help you create professional quality pictures with the camera you have at hand! Because what I learned after all these years is that a camera is just an instrument, it's the photographer that makes a picture.

In the guide I go over everything you need to plan your spring photoshoot. I discuss the varied spring landscapes and how it directs your outfit choices. I go over a little bit of color theory, this will help you pick the best colors for your outfits. I talk about the flow of the photo session, the poses and the props that you can use to help your beautiful family look and feel their happiest self.

I go over a little bit over editing and the importance of printing your photographs.

Lastly, you get access to my private facebook group where you can ask questions, showcase your work or ask for feedback.

My hope with this course is that you will come out feeling confident of photographing your family this spring and make some beautiful memories.

Ready to dive in?


Beautiful Stories Photography

Bay Area Family Photographer

Maternity, Newborn and Family Photography

by Heena Mukhi

Your love is deep and timeless, your photos should be too!

Beautiful, emotive and authentic photography for fun loving, bear hugging, deeply connected families in San Francisco Bay Area!

Serving South Bay Area, Los Gatos, San Jose, Saratoga, Cupertino.

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Hi! I am Heena.
Your very own Family Photographer!

I am a mom and to two little munchkins and just like you I am a memory keeper of mprecious little family.


This is why I created this Memory Keeper's Handbook. My hope is with this Memory Keeper's Handbook you will be able to preserve the beautiful and fleeting moments of everyday life.

I believe the most important legacy that we give our children is happy memories.



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