With a fun, distinctly modern style, Kristine creates refreshing, compelling portraits that document the honesty of real life. She enjoys simply being a witness to the whimsical, often unpredictable but never boring state of children being themselves, and finds that within the seemingly mundane stuff of the everyday resides the story of who your child is at a particular moment in time. Portraits make these telling, all-too-fleeting moments indelible.  

And yes, this is all just a fancy way to say that not only is it important to capture your family as they grow but also that, one day, your Kristine Ryan Photography portraits will be as prized by their subjects as they were by you through the yearsThe session fee is paid, the portrait agreement signed, and you’re excited about your upcoming session.  But then . . . the dreaded question arises: “What on earth are we going to wear?”  Undoubtedly you know the basic portrait rules: that you can’t go wrong with solid colors, that you probably don’t want 40 photos of Aaron in his day-glo Lightning McQueen tee shirt (maybe a few, though, since he loves it so much?), and that a huge bow on Violet’s head might draw a bit too much attention away from her sparkling hazel eyes.  But where to go from there?  And what traditional portrait wardrobe rules are meant to be bent, if not broken entirely? And what about dressing the entire family? Worry no more--that’s where this guide enters the, ahem, picture.  So sit back, enjoy a little light reading, and get inspired!  The result will be fresh, classic yet distinctly modern portraits that tell the story of your family.



Flowing white shirts and khakis on the beach.  Navy polos and yet more khakis all around.  We’ve all seen those photos--heck, most of us have been in those photos.  But did you know that coordinated but not “uniform” looks for families create a much more pleasing photograph? Moreover, it is not nearly as difficult as you think it is!  The cardinal rule of family dressing for portraits is simple: choose items for the entire family as if you were creating one outfit.  If all of your choices were somehow on one person, would the result be pleasing, colorwise?  A handy trick for those who are hesitant to break away from the monochrome madness is to choose one patterned item (for example a print dress for your daughter) and then select the rest of the family’s clothing from colors within that pattern.


Wardrobe choices for sibling shots, like those for family images, should be complementary but far from “a matching uniform.”  A tried and true formula for a boy/girl sibling duo includes a patterned dress or skirt for the girl, with the boy in a solid shirt pulled from that pattern.  If the little girl is wearing a solid shirt with a patterned skirt, have the boy’s top match a different color in her skirt, so that their shirts don’t match precisely.  Trust me, it works!  While many parents have the urge to put their boys or girls in the exact same outfit, mixing it up a bit--while still creating a pleasing overall combination--creates a considerably more interesting color palette and image.


Star Of The Show

A wildly-patterned pair of cargo pants and a hipster tee. Her funky hot pink tutu and cowboy boots.  His “superhero” cape. Individual shots give your child a chance to show his or her personality through fashion like no other. Without the concern of clashing or competing patterns that exists in a family shot, the possibilities are limitless!  So break out your daughter’s bright, crazy, mismatched ensemble--the one that gives your Strasburg-loving mother-in-law fits--or your son’s beloved rain boots, and let’s capture something bold, memorable, and no-holds-barred fun!



Newborns are absolute perfection when they wear nothing at all! For variety and some fun pops of color, I have plenty of blankets, hats and headbands. You are also free to bring whatever special items you would like to incorporate--that also gives the images a personal touch.

There are few things as stunning as skin-on-skin shots of a newborn and the proud parents. Dad can be shirtless for some shots, Mom can wear a strapless bra or tank top.  Images for this type of shot are generally closely cropped.  Also, long-sleeved black shirts for Mom and Dad provide a sophisticated, dramatic “backdrop.”  

And lastly, expect a mess.  That’s right, a mess – specifically peep and poop.  And do not be embarrassed.  After all, your little one has been naked for a couple of hours, it’s bound to happen.  All professional child photographers expect this and are well prepared.  And you should be, too.  So bring a change of clothes for yourself and dad.  You may need it before you head home.  By the way, nine times out of ten, it’s the dad who gets it!



The simplest wardrobe choice for your maternity session is . . . none at all!  Moms-to-be are often stunned at the elegant images that result from creative posing and camera angles that show “just enough.” If you’re not inclined to bare all, there are many options that result in the gorgeous bare belly shots everyone wants.  Try a fitted tank top and low-waisted yoga pants (black looks especially sleek).  The “fitted” part for any wardrobe choice is key.  A few fun shots with hip tees with clever proclamations on them are always nice as well!  Be sure to keep tightly-fitted elastic waistbands and socks far far away for a few hours before your shoot so that we avoid indentations in your skin. Wristwatches are also best left off for the session.







The Process

The Process

  • Planning in advance is the key to success! If your family or child has a daily routine, it's best to schedule the photo session in a way that works with, not against, this routine. If your child has a certain naptime, we'll plan the shoot to be either before or after she wakes up to prevent tantrums and fatigue. If your baby generally sleeps during the afternoon, a morning session may be best. We are here to make your session a success, and will work with you individually to find a time and place that fits the family!
  • You have booked your session and we have agreed on a location and time. It's time to deal with wardrobe. If you have read the above and still need help, don't worry! I spend half my day fielding texts from clients with photos of clothes. I will help you too. Feel free to text or email me any outfits you are questioning.
  • I will touch base to confirm and see if there are any questions the week of the session. I will also touch base the day of the session just to make sure everything is a go - weather is good, no sick kids etc...
  • On the day of your session, we'll meet at the agreed location and time and start snapping away! A portrait session can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. There's really no rush - or general time limit - just what feels natural. It generally takes at least 30 minutes for us to "warm up" together, meaning getting comfortable and feeling relaxed in front of (or behind!) the lens. After that, it's really up to the photographed subject as to how long the session will last. This is the fun part - let me do the work!
  • The photos have been taken, individually retouched with great love and care, and now it's time for you to see the end result of all our hard work and planning!  I will send you a link to an online slideshow where you will be able to view your proofs from the comfort of your own home. After you have viewed the slideshow, you will have the choice of an online shopping cart or we can set up an ordering session. At this point in time, you'll have the opportunity to choose the photographs you would like to have as prints, albums, canvas, or a variety of other handcrafted photo products we offer. I'll bring over a pricing guide and some samples and make recommendations for photo products I think would enhance your living space! This is your time to ask questions, place orders, and get excited about your images.