First of all, what IS a family film? And why would you want one for your family? 


As my two boys get older (16 and 14 now!) I often think about all of the things I miss about when they were younger. It’s not necessarily the big moments, but actually the everyday, ordinary things. The sound of their voice, the way they used to look at me, like I was the most important person, how they used to LOVE to play with Legos. This list could go on and on and on. 


To paraphrase Brene Brown, sometimes we’re so caught up in chasing the extraordinary moments that we don’t pay attention to the ordinary moments – moments that if taken away we would miss more than anything. This is such a great point and really, the reason why I started filming families. 


A family film starts with me coming to your home and spending about 3-4 hours with you. You may be thinking that sounds like a long time!! But, don’t worry, you and your family just go about your daily activities – getting breakfast, doing the dishes, playing games – just normal family weekend activities. And yes, sometimes there are some tears – but that’s part of life, right?


After filming your family, I will edit together the best clips to create a 3-4 minute film that your family can watch over and over again. Think about how great it would be to capture those little voices forever. Not only that, think about what this film will mean to your kids as they grow. 


Oh, and I’ve got a special surprise at the end of this post!  I’m taking part in a blog circle with some photographer friends of mine.  We’re linking to each other’s posts, so you can check out what they’re up to. This month, I’m linking to a fabulous m0m-photographer in Okinawa, Japan, who’s sharing lifestyle portraits and the connection of mothers and children.

I’m so excited to offer this to my clients! To schedule your family film today, please email me at hello@shalimarbphotography.

Watch the attached video to see an example of a family film.

And don’t forget to follow along the blog circle – follow it around until you come back here! Next up is Anna Rasmussen from Okinawa, Japan. Check out her blog post on Okinawa Lifestyle Portraits – you’ll be glad you did!


  • October 6, 2019

    This video is so amazing! It totally captures the personality of this little baby. I love it!

  • October 7, 2019

    I love family films! Great work!

  • October 26, 2019

    So wonderful and special!! This family is so lucky to have this. Beautiful work.

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