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About CT Shoreline Photographer, Linda Sobolewski

My interests are simple: coffee, workouts, and being outdoors surrounded by beautiful scenery. There’s nothing like getting up early to photograph the sun rising over the CT shoreline. I enjoy taking high school senior portraits, lifestyle newborn photography, and capturing family gatherings in beautiful settings. My goal as a family photographer in Connecticut is to provide easy and comfortable portrait sessions as well as timeless, lasting images.

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Favorite Dad Images 2024 | Connecticut Family Photographer

Linda Sobolewski Photography

In honor of Father’s Day 2024, I want to talk about my favorite dad images. Here’s the thing…photographers know that MOST Dad’s are not thrilled about family picture day. They imagine being in a stuffy outfit, being made to awkwardly smile, and the exhaustion of trying to make their kids “behave”. Here’s where I am going to let you in on a little secret. NONE of the best dad images that I am going to share below involve any of these scenarios. The “lifestyle family photography” genre is all about dads being authentic. Play with your kids! Be goofy! Snuggle them! Show us that weird voice that you do at home that always elicits a smile from your toddler. Be yourself!

Soooo….Dads! Here are a few tips before your next family photography session.

dad holding his newborn baby girl, Favorite dad images for  CT shoreline best photographers
two dads spinning their small children, Favorite dad images for CT newborn and family photographer
two dads holding their babies, Favorite Dad images for 2024, CT photographer

Tip 1: If you’re not a button down/ formal shoe wearing guy, don’t wear them.

Yup, I said it. Here is written permission to tell your partner that I said you don’t need to wear formal clothes if you’re not a formal guy. In fact, I am going to ask you to run, swing, throw, chase your kids. If you are wearing clothes that you don’t want to do that in….definitely rethink your outfit choice! Family pictures don’t need to mean a button down shirt. Some of my favorite images ever have dad’s wearing a simple t-shirt. Just stay away from the graphic tees and stick to solids!

TIP #2: Please don’t tone down your silly/goofy self with your kids.

The best dad images are usually when something silly is happening!

This is probably the most important tip of all. Photographers truly want you to be that Saturday morning silly dad that you are with your kids. Whether that means chasing them, shoulder rides, wrestling, or peek-a-boo with some ridiculous voices. Nothing elicits better smiles from kids than their parents being silly and dad’s are USUALLY really good at being silly with their kids. Whatever it is that is YOUR trick, do it!

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TIP #3: DON’T LOOK AT ME!

I know your first instinct is to give that sort of automatic smile at the camera. That’s not the kind of image I am after! I want you to look at your family, smile at your kids, laugh with your partner. The genuine photos come from families interacting with each other, not with me! So when I say “look at each other” many times over the course of our hour together, I really mean it!

little girl hugging her daddy, Favorite dad images for CT shoreline photographer
dads playing with their children at the beach, CT Family photographer
father in white shirt sitting on the ground with his two young children, CT spring photography session

TIP #4: TO GET THE BEST DAD IMAGES….JUST KIDDING, THERE IS NO TIP #4.

Seriously, there is no fourth tip. All you need to do to have a successful and pain-free family photo session is:

  • Dress like you
  • Act like you
  • Look at your family

Seems easy enough right?? Thanks for taking a look at some of my favorite dad images for 2024!

dad hugging his little girl, Madison CT photographer
dads hugging and kissing their small children, Favorite dad images for CT Family photographer
dad hugging his little girl, Madison CT photographer

To get in touch with me about a session of your own, click below. I’d love to chat!

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