Best Family Photos of 2016 | Maine Family Photographer

We did it, again! 2016 was pretty fantastic for our family portraits!

We narrowed down all of our bajillion images from 2016 into a collection of our best family photos. Instead of just picking a few from the whole year, we tried to pick a few from every family session we did this year! That's a lot of images! But it's next to impossible to narrow down just a few from the entire year. It's so fun to see how we've progressed throughout the year as well. We're really tuning in our best family photos to a, hopefully, recognizable style and feel. While we do formal posed portraits at every session, our Best Family Photos of 2016 seem to fall more in the candid portrait category - families playing and enjoying each other are just my fave!

2016 Best Family Photos

The one snow storm we ended up with in Winter of 2016 - My daughter received this snow white dress from santa so it took very little convincing to get her out there in the snow to model it!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Snow White Themed Photoshoot
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Snow White Themed Photoshoot

The above Snow White image sparked a big drive in me to want to create children's fantasy fine art. Below my college roomie came out with her husband and kids and we had fun on a cold day at the beach creating this image along with some others in the series!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Fantasy Fine Art Photographer
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Fantasy Fine Art Photographer

There seems to be a cold theme with my images! This one was another college friend who I met at the Ice Castles for some fun maternity portraits. The grey dress matched the grey sky perfectly!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Ice Castles Photographer
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Ice Castles Photographer

When it's cold outside, we throw a tea party in the studio!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Tea Party Photographer
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Tea Party Photographer
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Playtime Photographer
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Playtime Photographer

This image! I swear she looks just like a young Geena Davis - in fact after I instagrammed this image, Geena Davis herself has started following me!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Cape Elizabeth Senior Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Cape Elizabeth Senior Portraits

Another senior from 2016, she is a dancer and brought her prom dress to her session!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Scarborough Senior Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Scarborough Senior Portraits

These kids killed this session! Playing in the field of flowers on my "rustic" ladder!

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It's so much fun watching friends families grow! This couple are friends of ours for years and one of the first weddings we every photographed

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Perfect timing! A SUP and a senior!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - OOB Senior Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - OOB Senior Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Sunrise in OOB
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Sunrise in OOB

Sunrise session on OOB (The only location we offer sunrise at!) They're few and far between but so much fun!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Sunrise in OOB
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Sunrise in OOB

Like we said above, we adore posed family portraits but these types are so much fun at the very end of the session, when the kids are tired. Their personalities really shine - and we get those toothless grins!

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You'd never know it was raining!

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A mid-morning session - this one stands out because it was some super challenging lighting with the bright sun coming right over the water, but it was fun!

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This little guy was so smiley! I was supposed to photograph mom the year before for her maternity portraits but she went into labor early and we transferred her maternity portrait to a family portrait.

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Old Orchard Beach Family Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Old Orchard Beach Family Portraits

My very last frame from their family session happens to be my fave! Everyone lined up on the beach and a hint of a sailboat coasting through!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Ogunquit Beach Family Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Ogunquit Beach Family Portraits

Supermoon senior session!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Portland Senior Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Portland Senior Portraits

One of my families that return year after year! We're always looking for new locations to photograph them at around their house. This year we went to the rocky beach and found crabs walking the waterline and skipped stones

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Life goal: Photograph a redhead!

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Super life goal: An entire family of redheads!

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A country themed senior session wouldn't be complete without an image similar to a country album cover

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Kennebunk Senior Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Kennebunk Senior Portraits

Seniors, puppies, ocean!!!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Freeport Senior Portraits
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Freeport Senior Portraits

When your other college roomie gets engaged!!!! If you've inquired about a 9/9/17 wedding, they're why we are busy! We are thrilled to take the weekend off and attend a wedding and party it up!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - OOB engagement
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - OOB engagement
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Made with Magmod
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Made with Magmod

One of our wedding couples from years past are expecting a boy any day now!!

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Fall Family Mini sessions in Scarborough! I loved playing around with a darker edit.

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Fall Family Minis
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Fall Family Minis
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One of our 2015 couples came back for some couples portraits!

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Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Minnie Mouse Baby Portrait
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Minnie Mouse Baby Portrait

And a few of our previous couples have come back for baby portraits!!!

Funnest session of the year! This dad really committed to this awkward family photo shoot. He grew a mustache AND shaved his head into a balding pattern.

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Awkward Family Photos
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Awkward Family Photos

Dean and I were lucky enough to photograph a baptism this year - so different and exciting to photograph

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Greek Orthodox Baptism in NH
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Greek Orthodox Baptism in NH

My littles playing mermaid during our mermaid mini sessions this year

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Mermaids
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Mermaids

Our 2016 Christmas Card!

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Reindeer Fantasy Fine Art Christmas Card
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Reindeer Fantasy Fine Art Christmas Card

Final Fantasy Fine Art image of the year - On a Clear Night You Can Touch the Stars

Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Milky Way Fantasy Fine Art
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Milky Way Fantasy Fine Art
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Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Fantasy Fine Art
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Fantasy Fine Art
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Sew Trendy Accessories Dress
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Sew Trendy Accessories Dress
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Supernatural inspired photoshoot
Best Family Portraits by Maine Family Photographers - Supernatural inspired photoshoot

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