May 13th, 2013
Yesterday, my not quite 5 year old daughter and I headed off to one of my favorite locations. I tried to get my oh-so-big 9 year old son to come along, but he wanted nothing of it. He rather stay home with dad and have a Nerf war… Last time I checked, wasn’t yesterday Mother’s Day??? That’s ok, he did promise to let me photograph him on another day.
So I spent the better half of last week envisioning how this session would go. I knew I would have to build an A-frame tent and make some very earthy headbands. I knew my daughter would be the perfect subject. I also knew she would be wearing her pretty sundresses. I decided pretty last minute on the location. I had a few different spots in mind, but I think all along I knew that this place was calling me – afterall, that’s why I say it’s “enchanted”. From the moment I laid my eyes on this location in Lakeside, about two years ago, I have been drawn to it over and over again (once when the kids took a trip to Narnia, and another time when this sweet family had their photos done there).
So, with all that said, here’s what we ended up with – I couldn’t be happier. These should work well for her “five year” photos. Next, I am planning to get the boy out there for his “nine year” photos and attempt to get photos that match hers. Finally, I am going to try to get the whole family out there for a quick family shoot, again, matching. And that’s how a photographer gets a full family session done (just in case you ever wondered)!
March 30th, 2013
I find that I’m photographing my children less and less. I get busy and my camera goes untouched for days on end. So I’m trying to make an effort to just grab my camera and shoot no matter how the kids are dressed, what they are doing, or how uninspired I may feel. Usually, just the exercise of getting out and pressing the shutter gets my creative juices flowing. And the kids can hopefully look at the photos later and see that they did play and not just pose for mommy’s crazy photographic visions. Often, I use this as an opportunity to think outside the box. I don’t want to interrupt my kids’ playtime. My goal is to just capture photos of them doing their thing, as if there isn’t really a camera in their face. For this little impromptu shoot, I grabbed my 80-200 mm zoom lens so I could stay back a bit and really truly be right in their faces. There were a few moments I was tempted to run in the house and grab my nifty-fifty, but I didn’t want to lose the moment, so I just took what I could get. That meant, I ended up with some pretty interesting angles and perspectives. At one point, I was on top of the monkey bars, looking down at them.
March 11th, 2013
I just adore little tiny newborns, and baby J was enough to make my heart melt. She’s the first born to Gordon and Claire, and I can tell she’s already got her parents wrapped around her teeny tiny little fingers. How could they not be? She is just so precious! So, welcome to the world little baby J and congratulations, Gordon and Claire! I look forward to documenting your growing family in the years to come!