Holiday Family Session | The Merchant Exchange Building

If you follow me on social media, then you know I recently photographed a beautiful holiday family session at the Merchant Exchange Building in downtown Philly. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I truly have the best clients ever! This family was no exception, either.

With the mild weather outside, everyone was down with nixing their coats for our portrait session. And that’s just their personality! Just as casual and chill as their denim outfits.

family holiday portrait session at the merchant exchange building

We met at the Merchant Exchange building two hours before sunset, so we could capture their session during the softest and prettiest light of the day. I loved shooting at this  olde city Philadelphia landmark, because it’s perfect for the family that wants a casual session with a bit of style and subtle glam in their city portrait session.

For our shoot, the Nicholson’s brought a few props for their family session. I was able to work in the props and the outfits they chose, which really made for some amazing photos. My favorite prop featured in this photography blog post is the white wooden sign that spells out ‘family’ in metal detail.

It truly was an amazing holiday photography session. And if any of you are considering a family session or are prepping for an upcoming session, check out our session photos below.

Thanks Tia for getting the family together for a fun session. I cant wait to see your new family portraits hanging on the walls of your home!

holiday family session in downtown philadelphiaportrait of family walking across cobblestone streetfamily standing on stone steps for photofamily of five holding hands as the pose for a photomother and daughter portraitfather poses with his sons for family photofamily standing pose for holiday photosromantic married couple posing on the steps for family photocouple embracing in a romantic hug for photomother poses with her three children for family portraitfamily sitting on steps of merchant exchange building for photofather poses with his children for family portraitportrait of young girl in denim shirthusband and wife photographed at the merchant exchange building

It truly was an amazing photo shoot. And if any of you are considering a family session or are prepping for an upcoming session, I have a few dates left for this fall season. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me through my contact form or you can email me directly at ablake@annblakephotography.com.

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Hello & welcome to the ABP blog! I’m a Philadelphia based portrait photographer creating beautiful, light-filled images for families looking to create lasting memories and women creatives excited to grow their busineses with branded photos. On the blog,  I’ll share my most recent sessions, travels,  photo tips and more. So grab an iced coffee and . hang out a while!

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