Westchester family photographer

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Your kids are growing and you are in the thick of mothering. You are the heartbeat of your family and your motherhood journey is worth capturing! Allow yourself to see all that you’re creating beyond the day-to-day, to see yourself the way your family does. I will help you get there by giving you photos that shine a light on the beauty in the mundane, the magic in the ordinary.  

I believe photographing you with your people in your space is the most honest and thoughtful way to tell your story. Specializing in at-home lifestyle family photography, I see the value in both traditional (think, smiling at the camera) and documentary (think, interacting with each other). I approach sessions with a calm and thoughtful intention - always capturing you connecting with your family. You’re not hiring me simply to check off “annual family photos” on your to-do list - we’re building a relationship together, and creating a little magic along the way.

Before your family photo session we’ll talk about your family’s style, what makes you unique and what you love to do together. The session will be loosely planned around some of your favorite activities, yet it will be unscripted and unposed. This is my favorite way to capture a family - as the beautiful, silly, simple moments of your story naturally unfold.




Your kids are growing and you are in the thick of mothering. You are the heartbeat of your family and your motherhood journey is worth capturing! Allow yourself to see all that you’re creating beyond the day-to-day, to see yourself the way your family does. I will help you get there by giving you photos that shine a light on the beauty in the mundane, the magic in the ordinary. 


I believe photographing you with your people in your space is the most honest and thoughtful way to tell your story. I approach sessions with a calm and thoughtful intention - always capturing you connecting with your family. You’re not hiring me simply to check off “annual family photos” on your to-do list - we’re building a relationship together, and creating a little magic along the way.

Your session will be loosely planned around some of your favorite activities, yet it will be unscripted and unposed. This is my favorite way to capture a family - as the beautiful, silly, simple moments of your story naturally unfold.

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We were sweating like pigs but all I see are beautiful images that make me want to cry happy tears about my motherhood journey and little family! I especially can't get over the pictures of my little babydoll and the absolutely incredible single shots of my boys!

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Westchester family photography

For the mom right in the thick of motherhood with babies and toddlers and ever-growing kids, for the mom who is the heart of her family but questions her value - I see you. I see everything you’re doing and your family sees it too. 

The images we document together are my gift to you. They show your big, beautiful, life-altering moments. They show the chaos and the calm in-between. These are photos with soul. Yes, they are images for you and your family to look back on with a heart full of nostalgia, but at the end of the day, here and now, these are for you.

When you work with me, I want your session to be as stress-free as possible. I’ll prepare you with a guide on what to expect, wardrobe tips, how to get your home ready and so much more. Our time together doesn’t end with the last click of my shutter - after the session, I’ll guide you through the process of turning those digital files into printed goods to display around your home. 


the experience

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The Process

First we'll decide if your session will be at-home or in an outdoor location. Next, through a series of calls and emails, I’ll get to know you and your family better - what your kid’s hobbies and interests are, if you’re a high energy family or more mellow. Whatever it is that makes your family unique so I can capture you authentically. You'll also receive a guide that walks you through everything from choosing outfits to strategies for getting kids to cooperate.  

By the time your session arrives, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect but may still have a little nervous energy. That’s ok, it's totally natural! That energy flows into you doing what you’re most comfortable with - connecting with your family. These sessions are very play-based and cater around each child’s mood and temperament. I’ll meet them where they are emotionally, and we’ll take breaks if needed. This is the time for you to let go, let the kids be themselves and you just love on them. 

Three weeks after your session is when it all comes together with your gallery delivery. Your story is begging to be told, and these photos will do just that. Maybe the photos are exactly what you hoped for. Or more likely, they’re beyond what you envisioned! From here, you can download and share your digital images.

Now is the time to create a permanent place for the photos to live in your home. Through an intuitive and seamless gallery, you’re able to choose custom printed goods and I'll be there to guide you through the process. From prints to albums to frames, these are heirlooms that will truly stand the test of time.

from inquiry to delivery, I'm here to guide you every step of the way

if you love my work and my process resonates with you, schedule a free consultation!

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the gallery shop

As an artist and mom of two, I believe in the beauty and importance of printing your family photos. I want you to walk by them everyday as they're hanging in your hallway and to have heirloom quality albums to look through when you're no longer in the maternity phase or your newborn has outgrown your arms. 

To help you through the process, I've created an intuitive shop with beautiful, high quality products. For a closer look at what's available in the shop CLICK HERE.

Westchester Family Photographer

Investment

starting at $750

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At Home Sessions include up to 2 hours of photography in your home and yard, a private online gallery housing your 50 beautifully edited digital high-resolution images, a pre-session guide, post-session ordering consultation, and $100 credit towards printed goods of your choice. 

Outdoor Sessions include 30 minutes of photography in one of my preferred locations, a private online gallery housing your 25 beautifully edited digital high-resolution images, and a pre-session guide. 


frequently asked questions

WHAT MAKES YOUR WORK DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS?

I strive to capture the love and authenticity of your family in an honest, timeless and organic manner. With a non-invasive approach, I work to make sure you are comfortable and capture you connecting with your children. I specialize in at-home lifestyle photography and I understand how to find the best natural light in and around your home. I have patience and flexibility of working with kiddos of all ages and I value both traditional (think, smiling at the camera) and documentary (think, interacting with each other) photography. 

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WHEN DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?

All sessions take place on weekdays. At-Home sessions are scheduled for mid-morning and take place in your house and yard. Outdoor sessions are scheduled in the evening before sunset. The timing is intentional and based on lighting, my aesthetic that has likely already resonated with you and my experience of working with children. I know it can be a little worrisome planning around everybody’s schedules and moods but I have tips to guide you through this!

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DO YOU TRAVEL?

Most sessions take place at family’s homes within 35 miles of Poughquag, NY or in a beautiful meadow near me. For custom locations, please email me to chat more!

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?

My doors are open to families of all backgrounds, ethnicities, preferences and abilities! I work best with families who aren’t as concerned about getting a perfectly posed shot as they are about letting their session naturally flow and trusting me to capture their beautiful, silly, simple moments as they unfold before my camera. Yes, I aim to capture a few traditional photos of you all smiling towards me, but the overall goal is for you to have fun, embrace the imperfections and connect with your family!

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WHAT IF MY HOME DOESN’T FEEL “PICTURE READY”?

Please don’t worry that your house has to be Pinterest-worthy. I’m not seeking perfection - I’m here for the beauty in the mundane, the magic in the ordinary. As long as you have at least one window with natural light and a house full of love, we will create beautiful photos together.

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SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT MY CHILD’S BEHAVIOR?

I know how you’re feeling and it's natural. Please know that my sessions are very play-based and cater around each child’s mood and temperament. Instead of telling your child they have to have their picture taken - make it a fun adventure… “we’re going to pick flowers… we’re building a fort and reading your favorite book!” I'll aim to get a few traditional photos of your family but I'll otherwise let kids be themselves. Whether a little shy or very energetic, I'll work and play with the kids in their comfort zone.

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CAN YOU RECREATE A SESSION I SAW ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER DO?

The simple answer is, no. My sessions are custom and catered to your family. I have some go-to directions I like to give but I do not have a specific list of poses nor will I try to recreate mine or another photographer’s pose. It disrupts the creative flow and the natural tendencies of your family. Trust me to capture the beautiful, simple, silly moments of your family as they naturally unfold before my camera!

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SUGGESTIONS FOR MY PARTNER WHO IS RELUCTANT TO HAVING THEIR PHOTO TAKEN?

Leave them out! JK, but not really… You can come alone with your kids or tell your partner they only need to be in a handful of photos and can then go for a walk. I work with just mamas and their children all the time - give this gift of photos to yourself! Now is the time to see yourself as your children see you. It will be an experience you will cherish today and treasure years from now. Please do not include partners who wish not to be present. 

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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY SESSION?

After booking your session, I'll send you a prep guide filled with tips and advice based on 10 years of experience as a photographer and 7 years experience as a mom. I'll also send you a questionnaire so I can be prepared and get to know your family better!

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Nicole DeTone is a published Hudson Valley Photographer. Nicole offers maternity, newborn, family
 and wedding photography in her natural and timeless style. 

Serving The Hudson Valley, Westchester County and Fairfield County including:
Greenwich | Scarsdale | Westport | Ridgefield | Katonah | Bedford | Lagrangeville | and beyond…