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Family portraits are a specialty of Hansen Photography. Many families come to us year after year, and we have become part of their Cape Cod summer vacation plans. We try to make each session as pleasant and comfortable, and we are known for being patient and understanding with children (and adults). Most of our new clients come from referrals from existing clients.


Clothing is very important to the success of a family portrait. We suggest that you stay away from bright colors, stripes, plaids and bold patterns. Keep in mind that what is in style this year might be out of style soon, so dressing with a classic theme is always best. We don't want one person, or one family within a larger group to dominate the scene by wearing something bright or totally different. The eye will always go to the brightest point, and we want to insure that the portrait is classic, and doesn't make you think,"I can't believe what my sister wore to the family portrait". Solid colors of the same tone work, and earth tones work. Color works when one color compliments the other. Take a look through the family portrait gallery for ideas, or stop by the studio for more examples of what works and what doesn't.


If you are looking to coordinate your family's clothing, check out for matching accessories.

Pocket Full of Posies in Osterville also has beautiful children's clothing and accessories.


Family sessions are $200, and usually last for approximately one hour. We do not have an additional charge for smaller groups or individuals within the largest family grouping. Session fees are payable before the session. Most of our sessions are at the beach where wind and light are sometimes an issue. Generally, the closer to sunset, the better the light and the lower the wind. Weather on Cape Cod is changeable, and we sometimes have to reschedule. We will reschedule due to rain, heavy fog or high winds, but not clouds. We love the clouds because they soften the light, and reduce squinting issues.


A few days after your session, we will be able to view your images and make your purchase decisions. We will lead you through the selection process and show you the possibilities. Our large viewing screen will allow you to see details, making selection much easier. You will also be able to see the images in the sizes appropriate for your viewing areas, and we can suggest custom framing possibilities. We will discuss specific retouching and enhancement possibilities.


We suggest that everyone who is involved in any purchacing decision be present at the viewing. If you can't attend a viewing session, we will be able to put the images on-line with a $300 non-refundable credit towards product purchace.

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