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Family portraits have become a specialty of Hansen Photography. We love seeing families come back to see us year after year, and that we have become part of their Cape Cod summer vacation plans. We strive to make sessions relaxed and fun. We love children and are experienced at working with all ages and abilities. We are patient and understand that it takes some children a bit longer to warm up. We want to capture not only your classic family portrait, but also the candid images of you, enjoying your family and the beautiful landscapes all around you.


Family sessions are $200, and last approximately one hour. We do not have an additional charge for large groups or breaking off into smaller family groups. 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 unpredictable, and sometimes we do have to reschedule. We 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.


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 earthy 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 for ideas on how to coordinate your family's clothing, check out our Pinterest page: and for matching accessories.

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


 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 purchasing decision be present at the viewing. If you are unable to attend your ordering session, your gallery is available online with a $300 deposit for product credit (non-refundable).

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