Choosing a great Dallas, Fort Worth family photographer is fun because there are so many great ones! We all have our own unique styles and ways we run our businesses, which means that one of us is going to be the best fit for YOU. Here’s when I dig deep and get honest about my style and brand of photography so I can answer the question — am *I* the right photographer for *YOU?*

I might be the right Fort Worth family photographer for you if…


You want an emotive, storytelling session instead of emphasis on posed images. The real, the raw and the unposed.

What does this mean? I partner with families who know they are not looking for a posed session, or are on a specific timeline. Though we get a few traditional portraits, most of your gallery is going to be full of snippets of love and moments of you and your family connecting with each other. This means that I’m not begging your kids to smile, and if there’s a pose or moment that they’re uncomfortable with, we’re going to skip right over it and move onto the next thing. I want to create photos that represent the beautiful chaos of family life by capturing the in-between moments, and the little details which might not seem important now but you will realize in years to come they are the ones that matter most. It also means that you aren’t constantly asking your child to look at my camera and smile. You are trusting that when I want your kids to look at my camera, I will ask them to do so directly. At all other moments, though, I’m focused on giving you prompts or setting you up in a beautiful way that allows your family’s connection to shine through. I am not the right photographer for everyone. I value emotion and connection over the perfectly posed photo, as I believe it is in the imperfections where the true beauty is found.

Lauren Cerna is a photographer based out of Fort Worth, Texas. Specializing in maternity, birth and newborn photography.
Mommy and me photography session in Dallas, Forth Worth, Texas with Lauren Cerna Photography

You trust my style guide and wardrobe opinions, and you WANT my styling help.

I cannot tell you how important style is when it comes to photography. Each photographer has a different way of shooting and editing, and certain clothing and tones are going to be a better fit than others for each style. I might be the right photographer for you if you trust my opinion when it comes to wardrobe, I’m going to be honest and tell you what doesn’t photograph as well and what does. This means ditching the matching outfits and letting me guide you with the right textures and tones to make your session incredible. It also means understanding that sometimes everyday clothing won’t achieve the look that you’re going for. This brings me to the next point…

You trust me when it comes to when and where to shoot.

You are ok with keeping your child up past his or her bedtime or waking up early to catch a sunrise, because you know that I’m an expert when it comes to light and the way it impacts your images. You understand that the dreamy images you fell in love with in my portfolio are achieved by very specific lighting situations. You’re willing to drive to where I suggest, even if it’s a little longer than you imagined, and you’ll sing the daddy and mommy shark song 100 times or throw an iPad in the back if it means keeping the kids awake and happy long enough to achieve the best outcome for our session.



You let the little things go.

You aren’t the person who is going to stress that every hair is perfectly in place or have wardrobes that constantly need to be buttoned, tucked, and adjusted. In our time together I will encourage you to let your hair down, take your shoes off and chase your wildling's through fields. Take this opportunity to slow down, be unplugged and present with your family. Hold your babies close to you, sing to them, stroke their hair, breathe them in and soak up every inch of them. You believe me when I say that a little wind and nature adds depth to your images, because this isn’t a studio setting. You want the emphasis to be on your beautiful family, highlighting your love and connection, and you’re not going to stress over the tiny details that have the ability to break your session experience.

You are ok with showing affection on camera.

I focused on the love you have for your family. You love to snuggle, kiss, and just be close to your people. You’re ok when I tell you to get closer, and you’re great with the big gushy kisses and hugs from your partner and kids. You happily squeeze together when I tell you to get close. I come alive watching the love unfold.


You’re seeking a fun, laid back experience.

I promise our session will be fun, full of adventure and games, and so much love. My session will be spent snuggling, playing some games, checking out our surroundings, and just generally feeling like an adventure. I will direct you and prompt you but the magic comes from connecting with your loved ones. Don’t get me wrong, kids are kids…there will always be the occasional tough moment or meltdown, but you trust that we will pivot accordingly and move right along.

You respect that photography is an investment and I’ve spent countless hours pouring into my craft.

You realize that as photographers, we are constantly investing in ourselves to better our end experience and product. You understand that showing up at the session is only 1/8 of the work we actually do for our experience, because there is so much front end and back end work involved. You aren’t just looking for a photographer, but you’re truly seeking me out because you love the soul I strive so hard to capture in my images. Remember that you hire us…not the cameras. 


Do I sound like the right Fort Worth family photographer for you? If so, let’s chat about your session! Reach out to me here.