James Linkowitz Photography - Richmond,Virginia Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer
James Linkowitz is a Wedding & Family Photographer, based in Richmond Virginia, capturing the moments of love and families

Planning Your Family Session


My philosophy around capturing families is simple. Natural, organic looking backdrops, good light, minimal ‘posing’ and lots of cuddles hugs and laughs. 


No family session takes the same amount of time, because no family is the same. I shoot until I know I have what I need. If it’s just Mom and a young baby in her arms then it might be really quick. But if you’re a family of 5 and toddler number 2 is shy or having an off day, then it’ll take a little patience and time. Generally nothing goes over an hour though. I want it to stay fun and engaging for everyone!

I’ll find us an amazing location and let you know what time of day is ideal for the best warm flattering light. 


It's my hope that you’ve come to me for family photos because my work really resonated with you. If that’s the case, working within these suggestions and colors is the best way you can help me deliver something in line with the way I love to shoot. 



coordinate your outfits that fit well together with colors and patterns
neutrals and earthy tones

Let the kids be comfortable, so they can run and play!

neons or bright primary colors
( red, royal blue, sunshine yellow, grass green or bubblegum pink )

Try to stay away from…
white shirts for either partner - beige is great, it photographs softer. We want the focus to be on you and your family
restricting fabrics (stiff clothing means stiff photos)  
anything with logos or writing
running shoes or sneakers

Sorry, maybe that was blunt. I promise I just want you to have amazing images.


My favorite locations all revolve around where we can find the best light and I’m always on the hunt for new gems. It changes with the seasons and our city!