Finally, I am posting this stinkin’ cute newborn session. I think Hudson is probably walking by now! But seriously, I loved this session. Shala was a full time nanny for several years before becoming a mother. She had so much experience with babies, toddlers and multiples under her sleeve. I can’t even imagine how much more comfortable she felt holding her baby than I did as a first time mother.
If you’ve been a reader of my blog for very long surely you remember Sam. I’ve taken his photos 11 times I believe in three short years (here are a few at different ages: 3, 2, 1, a day in the life of Sam and all you need is love). Today seemed fitting to debut this gallery (from September) because he JUST became a big brother …. like an hour or two ago! I am so excited to see him with his baby sister, Grace. I can’t wait to hold her and I also can’t wait to see how much Sam falls in love with her. This family will forever be changed and it’s a beautiful thing.
So, here you go. The last of Sam getting all my full attention on a session. I’m pretty sure this was his “best” session! He couldn’t have been happier but can you blame him? Read more ›
If I had to pick a favorite photo from 2011, it would be this one. It may look simple to you, but to me and to my client this was SO documentary. Shala is a HUGE dog lover. She has two St. Bernards which truly were her only babies for many years. They are the type of doggies that are like family members…. you know what I’m talking about. They are very much “indoor” dogs. Shala has a blog and it’s titled “I kiss my Dogs on the Lips”. Ok, I think that drives the point of her love for her dogs. So, when baby Hudson was born it was pretty traumatic on them to have to go outdoors a bit more than usual. Capturing this shot at the family room window was like hearing the dog speak these words: “Mom, why won’t you let me in? And why are you holding that dang baby so long!?” Read more ›
In lieu of celebrating the end of another year and the beginning of a NEW one, this session seemed appropriate to show off. This family is all over my website and blog because they were one of my very first “clients” I remember photographing the twins in my basement studio when they were just two years old. They were also the lucky ones (along with my own kids) that allowed me to practice my camera in manual mode! Those were the good ol’ days!
Because of so many spontaneous and planned photo sessions over the years, it’s no wonder Ali (mom) is ready to have some fun shots on the walls and for the scrapbook. She’s got PLENTY of photos of her family doing “normal” stuff. So, this time we went CRAZY. It’s quite an understatement to say the kids were thrilled for this session. They knew gumballs, mustaches, soda pop, silly string and confetti were among the props. Read more ›
My favorite sessions have become family photo sessions for many reasons. I love the interaction, the fun, the creativity and the authenticity that take place when all the stars align! But to get the stars to align some things have to take place. You’ve gotta show up with the right attitude and preparations, just like I do as your photographer. I hope you will find these tips helpful and easily attainable. Don’t forget to read “Part One” of my 10 Tips for a Successful Family Photo Session if you haven’t already.
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After doing some reflection (and having eight years of family photography behind me) I’m starting to find a trend for my most successful sessions. I call them “successful” because they play out my artistic vision….. to photograph families with true personality that will not only be FUN to look at but also reflect individuality. I wish every parent could feel comfortable without any inhibitions in front of the camera. I wish every kid could have fun while being themselves. But having said that, I have been on the other side of the camera with four crazy kids running circles around me. I know what it’s like to “want” the perfectly happy session without anyone having a “meltdown”.
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I LOVE photographing families. In fact they’ve become my absolute favorite sessions. When I started out in business, I felt most comfortable working one-on-one with a child or even just a newborn. But as I’ve evolved as a photographer/artist, I find that families are my absolute fav. It’s where I feel most comfortable. It’s where I am able to watch members connect. And honestly, I want the family that I’m shooting to be just as comfortable. A photo session should never be stressful during the actual session. If it is, something is OFF! It needs to be FUN. If it’s stressful you will end up with images that reflect just that! Read more ›
Rather than blogging about these folks three separate times in 6 months, I’ve saved them for one very large post. We met in March for a maternity session in their urban loft home. Loved the large windows that let in a photographer’s dreamy amount of light! Loved meeting their sweet son too. But about two weeks or so after our session I got a call that the new baby was born a bit early! So, right back I went to their home to capture their new daughter’s first days… which also corresponded with big bro’s 2 year old birthday. Here are the first two delightful sessions.