Life Sessions

Yesterday I had the privilege of documenting a day in the life of Luca. When I arrived, he was still taking a nap, so I made some new friends with the family pets.

Luca is the son of Gina and Jeff, I photographed Jeff’s sisters wedding last June. Click here to see Erin’s wedding images. Anyway, Gina and I quietly entered Luca’s room while he was still asleep and this is what we found. Look at that cute little hand!!

I think it’s safe to say that Luca and I hit it off right from the the start.

Not only is Gina fabulous to spend time with, but she also quite possibly one of the most gorgeous people I ever seen. Seriously, she could be a super model. I’m trying to convince her to put her wedding gown on so that we can have some fun.

Look at those eyes, I love it!!

This is funny… Luca was trying to get my camera and because I never stop shooting I got this image.

As a result, I let him explore my camera and he got this image. Not bad except he cut off my head!! I think he was just trying to be artsy. LOL

By the end of the day we were all pretty tired.

I accept a very limited number of documentary lifestyle sessions because it’s important to me that people “get” my concept. I want children to run around, have fun, play with toys and just be natural so that I can capture their personality. Asking a child to sit still and smile for a studio portrait feels very unnatural to me. I’ve received several inquiries in the last few months regarding these sessions, but as soon as the parent indicates that they would like a nice posed photograph of their child in their best clothes, I suggest that they call Picture People.

To learn more about these sessions, please contact me at or view my lifestyle website at

Heather Lahtinen – Children’s Lifestyle Portraiture

  • amandape

    I love how bright your photos are! If you have time , can you tell me how I can achieve brightness like that. I know it is something I am doing, b/c I am pretty sure my camera can do it. I have a rebel, not nearly as high tech as yours. but Do I need to play with hue and saturation? I love your work and you inspire me! (Oh and if it a lens , please guide me to the right one!)

  • Heather

    Hi Amanda!! Are you referring to the exposure or the saturation? I shoot these sessions with fast primes, almost always wide open. In many of these shots I was using my 50 1.4. I also increasing the vibrance a touch in Lightroom. Send me an email if you would like more details!

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