Two weeks ago, my family and I had the pleasure of meeting up with Betsy Brody, photographer and owner at Betsy Brody Photography, for a family portrait session. Prior to our meeting day, I had communicated with her via email to set up a place and time for portraits. She was lovely to chat with online and was open to doing our session outdoors. I have been dreaming of doing an outdoor session for quite sometime now; needless to say, I was thrilled when she suggested meeting us at the duck pond at Haverford College. The location was the perfect landscape for a relaxed, casual photo shoot and my family immediately loved it as much as I did.
I will admit, I have always been quite camera shy. I loved that Betsy was easygoing and helped us to feel natural and relaxed. Her gentle tone and professionalism really shined as she captured our family on film. At the end of the session, I caught her off guard by asking if she would mind doing a few head shots for the blog. I had not discussed this with her prior to the family session, but I have been wanting to get a professional head shot for quite sometime. I was feeling rather relaxed and could not let the opportunity pass. She gladly took me aside and snapped away. For the first time in a very long time, I did not feel nervous or anxious about having my picture taken and I actually found the experience quite enjoyable.
At the end of the session, Betsy mentioned that the proofs should be ready to view online in a few days and that we could get back in touch once I had chosen which pictures I would like to have reproduced.
Later that evening, I went online to catch up on some blogging and - lo and behold - our portrait session was already online and ready to view. As I looked through each one, I could not help but smile. She captured our family perfectly and I could not wait to sit down with my husband to choose our favorites. Even my very picky 21-year-old daughter Ashley raved at how much she loved them. It was such a difficult choice, as I could have easily purchased every one - they were all beautiful.
Here are a few of our favorites; we have since ordered several of them and I cannot wait for our 11x14 family portrait to arrive to proudly display our living room.
Photo credits: Betsy Brody Photography
And last but not least, my professional head shot:
Photo credit: Betsy Brody Photography
If you are considering having portraits taken of your own family, I highly recommend giving Betsy a call. She is super talented and will be happy to work with you to create the look you are hoping for. In addition to her regular portrait sessions, Betsy also occasionally offers 15 minute mini sessions with a $35 session fee (plus tax) with regular portrait pricing. You can email Betsy at firstname.lastname@example.org for mini session dates and locations.
Many thanks to Betsy for sharing her talent with our family. We could not be more excited about our portraits and we look forward to booking future sessions with her.
A Little Bit About Betsy:
Betsy Brody studied at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and has been professionally sharing her talents via her photography business since the mid 1980's. Betsy is available for all of your portrait needs and specializes in weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, portraits and school pictures. You can see more of her beautiful work at her website www.betsybrodyphoto.com and at her blog Betsy Brody Photography HERE.
Disclosure: My family and I received a portrait session and complimentary 8x10 as the result of winning a giveaway from Genesis Moments. My professional head shot has been generously sponsored by Betsy Brody Photography. My family purchased additional photos at our own expense. I received no monetary compensation for this post. All expressed opinions are my own.