Category Archives: Kids
Check it out – my work was featured in this blog post about taking better pictures of your little ones this Spring. It’s full of great ideas for capturing your littles this Spring – go take a look!
I’ve decided to jump into this blogging thing with a renewed mission! I’m still going to catch up on all the older unblogged sessions, but I’ll be doing a #TBT type of thing. Just don’t count on Thursdays only lol. I’ll do a throwback post whenever I can fit them in, and newer session posts once a week.
So right now I have to share what will definitely be one of my faves for 2013. My first Mommy & Me session. When I cooked up this idea I had no idea what would come through my door. No idea the stories I would hear, no idea the friendships & network I would build. It took me weeks and what seemed like forever to comb through all the email replies I got to my casting call. I was overwhelmed. SO MANY of your replied! No one even knew what they were signing up for! It just showed me how much you trust me with yourselves and your kiddos and it really taught me so much more than I ever anticipated!
Much more to come on all this in future posts. These Mommy & Me Sessions have been such learning and growing experience for me that I really want to share. I do family photography – we are moms, right? The stories are going to ring true for so many of you out there… !
My first girl (and we are all “girls” at heart, are we not? I got yelled at once for referring to a group of women as “girls” instead of “ladies” or “women”… it struck me as odd since most of them were much older than me. I thought to myself, “hey, I’d love to be called a ‘girl’ by a fellow ‘girl’ at ANY age, really!”. Ok, sorry – tangent!)
Anyway – this “girl” ended up becoming my MUA (makeup artist) for these sessions and more. You’ll most likely see her (and possibly her IMpossibly adorable daughter Bella) at your shoot if you book a Mommy & Me. It was an instant connection, an instant “click” of personalities. I find this gets more and more rare the older I get and so, that much more valueable.
So Christina is a mom, like you and me. She is a talented and professional makeup artist and can be hired for weddings, commercial work, makeup classes/parties, and photography sessions. She’s been tweeted about by celebrity event planners. And she’s just a super cool chick to have lunch with. Trust me, I know.
So…whereas I’m always the one behind the camera…she’s always the one behind the brush. She never gets done up. She’s always the one doing YOU up. Her hair is pulled up neatly in a bun and she looks every bit the makeup pro. I couldn’t have asked for a better first mom for these sessions. That’s her story in a nutshell…there’s more… and the best part is telling it with the images…
Christina’s before & after:
I take lots and lots of pictures…obviously. Of my kids, of your kids. And while I am saving my pennies to afford a family session with one of my favorite photogs, I asked myself -why don’t I have more pictures of ME with my kids. Well, I’m a photographer so of course I’m always behind the camera. But then, really most moms are too. But that’s not the only excuse I have.
“I still have baby weight to lose.”
“Bad hair day.”
“No makeup on.”
And the most often used:
“No way, I look like crap right now.”
I have to change that. I have to. For them, not for me. You should change that too. I’m taking away the “I look like crap” excuse right now. Makeover. Then photoshoot. With your kids. Do it for you. Do it for them.
I love shooting urban locations – the vibrant pops of color, the rich textures, the interesting compositions. Another image heavy post because these kids were just so fun… you may recognize them… it’s Ava, Jack, & Lori Marie of AvaJackPhotography! =) !
That’s what little boys are made of…
Liam was just awesome to photograph. Having two boys of my own, I’ve been told that I have a knack for capturing boys… this is going to be an image heavy post because not only was Liam so photogenic and fun, his session is a good example of how much variety you can get in an outdoor session.
It meant I almost didn’t get to meet and photograph these two little superstars. E broke her wrist on the day of our scheduled shoot and would be in a cast for several weeks. I called E’s mom in between shoots that day to see how she was doing and sure enough, as kids tend to be, she was resilient and bouncing back already. So I got to see her and her baby sister a few weeks later for our mini session after all. And I am so glad I didn’t miss out on these two beauties.
By now you can tell that these girls have uh… been in front of a camera once or twice before. Their mama loves photos so they are naturals… they pose, they smile and bat their eyelashes on cue… a photographer’s dream. And then it’s time to capture the real deal. Oh, don’t think I don’t know it when I see it. I have kids too and I can spot the cheese smiles a mile away. But I snap away anyway… and I wait. I wait until I can find and draw out (if necessary) the genuine look. Sometimes I get real quiet during a session and I don’t say much at all. I imagine some parents might be thinking “uh-oh, something’s wrong! Is it not going well?”
That’s not it at all. Silence can work wonders sometimes. Sometimes you (well, I) just need to shut up and listen. We were wrapping it all up and I knew I didn’t have her yet. Not the her I knew I could capture anyway. Mom was busy packing up little sister and we spoke very softly, almost whispering. Then we had a quiet moment. And then…I snapped the last frame of our session.
Now that the holiday cards have all gone out and the custom photography gifts have been opened, I am happy to share my favorites from this year’s Holiday Mini sessions! Thanks so much to all those who signed up and gave me a chance to (hopefully) make their holiday images a little special this year. I welcome the challenge that mini sessions with young children bring… it really gives me a chance to hone my skills on getting those awesome expressions and connections without the stress and tension that typical holiday portaits are known for. It was a crazy day but such a fun day – and we got some priceless images from it… here are some of my favorites, in no particular order…