Family Photo Session at James Ranch in Xenia

Kathy and Finn won their family photo session through a giveaway for the Pave it Forward event in Dayton, Ohio.

Dayton, Ohio Where Community Matters


Today’s featured family photo session comes from a donation for the Pave it Forward event for the Mummert Family. Their son, Finn, was born needing on-going care. This event helped raise funds to support them. Kathy won the session!

One of the things I love most about the Dayton area is how connected everyone is. We battled a lot as a community last year, and the only thing that really got us through it all was coming together.

Dayton (and the surrounding areas) has the community at its core. Giving back, supporting and empowering the community happens all around us, every day. Today’s featured family session was made possible by philanthropy and community support.

Kids don't want to sit still during your family photos. Let them run around!
A little fun goes a long way during your family photo sessions. Let the kiddos run around a bit to stay all smiles.

Family Photo Session at James Ranch


I captured Kathy and her son (also named Finn)’s family photo session at the James Ranch in Xenia. The session took place in the fall, and our location couldn’t have been more scenic. Crisp leaves, warm tones and stylish layers make Fall one of my favorite seasons to photograph family sessions in.

This particular family photo session was a sweet mother and son photoshoot, which I’m totally partial to now that I have a little boy.

Family photo sessions don't have to be dull or predictable. Run around, have some fun!

Photographing the Joys of Childhood


Finn reminded me a lot of my son Elliot. Full of energy, and super funny little guy. During the session, I encouraged Finn to play with leaves and stomp around. Once comfortable with the idea of playing during a session, kids tend to feel more relaxed. That’s where the magic really happens!

As a family photographer (and mom,) I’m used to handling kids who don’t want to sit still during a session. Especially when we’re outdoors. I like to let them run around a bit if it helps. Plus, it often shows off their personality more authentically, which makes for some great shots.

Need some stress-free family photo session tips? Check out this blog post.

Ashley Lynn Photo captures family photos in the Dayton, Ohio area.

What do you love most about Dayton? Do you have a particular season you love to schedule your family photo sessions? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts below!

xoxo, Ashley

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