I got a call to do a family shoot last week. A entire family, including the dogs. And if you have dogs, you know, they are our kids. Unfortunately, the puppy (ALL dogs are puppies in my eyes, no matter how old they are) is getting older and isn’t doing very well. The family wanted to have some photos of him, as well as take him out and give him some great last days. As hard as it is, I know they will be glad to have these. You can tell how much little Joel is loved, and he could feel it too.
Here are a few sneak peeks from our shoot:
It is time again for my favorite family! Not only are they friends of mine, but they appreciate how important photos are. They come to me every 6 months, to make sure they have their children’s childhood documented! The kids are so used to their sessions, it isn’t a chore. We have fun, they act silly, and they will have beautiful photographs all thru their young years. Another thing I love, the parents love to have something in the photos that is totally “them” for that period of time. Could be a major toothless grin or could be their favorite sport at the time. For this shoot, it is the boy’s orange Crocs. Apparently, those are his “thing” right now. A little too small for him now, but he still loves them and squeezes his feet into them. So, instead of making him wear shoes to match his outfit, they want those orange plastic shoes to be a part of it. That is what he loves right now, so why not have it a part of his photos? Years from now, he will look back on those photos, and hopefully laugh at the memory of his orange Crocs.
While I still mostly photograph seniors, ’tis the season for family sessions! And I absolutely love it when I get my senior’s family in front of my camera. Many are seeing a family session is long overdue, and they need to get in a shoot before the kiddos leave for college. And let me tell you, if you have high schoolers especially, it is so much easier getting a family photo now that they are big kids (compared to when they were little kids). Don’t let the time slip by, you will love looking back on your family photos for years to come!
This is the family of not only a couple of my current senior clients, but also their triplet sister, my rep! They are a great family! We have lots and lots of photos of the kids, but mom wanted some of the entire family too. Even their pup! There was so much activity going on in that park that day, the pup was far more interested in everything else going on, instead of boring me with the camera. With dogs, you never can tell if they are going to cooperate. Thankfully, we managed a few where puppy was looking and “smiling” at me.
Here are a few sneak peeks from their session:
Next sneak peek up on the blog has a couple of familiar faces in it. I have photographed them for their senior photos this year, but mom really wanted a family photo too! And what better time to have one?! I knew they would all be beautiful and coordinating. Wasn’t worried about that at all. But what I DIDN’T expect was the extreme cuteness of the youngest, tiniest, part of the family. Little baby Blue! Yes, their little puppy came dressed up for the photo shoot too, in a coordinating tie. Could you just die from cuteness overload?! He did very well for his first photo shoot. Looking all adorable and smiling at me. You never know how the pups are going to act for photos, but I think I have been pretty lucky this year with very well behaved sweethearts.
Here are a few sneak peeks from their shoot:
‘Tis the season for family photos! Next couple of sneak peeks up on the blog are of families! The fall is the most popular time of year to update that family photo. Wether it is an annual tradition your family has, or if it is long overdue, having a beautiful family portrait will be something that you will love having for years to come! This fun family was so easy to photograph. When the kids are all grown, there are far less tears ;). Even the littlest one of the group was great. Little puke never ruined one of my photo shoots! Hahaha! Seriously, after he got that out of the way right at the start of the shoot, he was a perfect little model (and so freaking cute in his little bow tie!).
Here are some sneak peeks from our shoot:
Oh my goodness! This family looked like they stepped right out of a magazine! So gorgeous, and so perfectly styled by mom. And those kids?! So much fun! The beautiful little girl liked helping me pose the family and definitely liked to model herself. And the adorable little boy was so silly! He was happy with taking photos, as long as Lightning McQueen was able to be in the photos as well. Yes, that would be a tiny little red car that was in his hands pretty much all of the time (sometimes we could talk him into tucking it into his pocket)! It is going to be a funny story to tell him when he is a teenager ;).
Here are a few sneak peeks from their fun family session:
A note – If you were wanting a family session, with photos back in time for the holidays, you will want to contact me ASAP. I only have a couple of days left on my calendar. Because remember, photos have to be taken by the beginning-mid November, to have your photos back by Christmas! If you don’t need them back by Christmas, then we can shoot in December or January.
Next up on the blog is a great little family! They wanted to include their pups in the family photo. I welcome pets to be a part of it, because they ARE part of the family! But pets are like toddlers. Sometimes they cooperate, sometimes they don’t. So as long as there is someone else there to hold on to them if they decide they aren’t going to be good for the camera. These two though, they were GREAT for the camera! Little Spooky and Vegas were great little model puppies. Almost as good of a model as their big brother! Now, HE was the star of the shoot. Even before I had my camera out of the bag, he started posing. He picked out lots of spots that he wanted his photo taken, and was full of smiles the entire time. I think if he had his way, it would have been an all day shoot! Haha! I’m so glad I got to meet and photograph this wonderful family.
Here are a few sneak peeks from their shoot:
And again, like clockwork, these two little cuties are back for photos. I think this family has just as many photos of their kids as I do! Their parents are so good, and make sure they come for a shoot every 6 months. And because I know them so well, the kiddos are totally comfortable in front of the camera and with me. This shoot, they were acting totally like little teenagers. I swear, with the little girl, she was so much like one of my seniors, I was laughing the entire time. She wanted outfit changes, she bought new outfits for her shoot, and she was so excited to use the model change tent. And even though she is only 6, she wanted to pose “like my big girls”. Not to mention the gossip she was telling me about her brother’s girlfriends and her own boyfriends! Her brother wasn’t as into it as she was (as are most of the senior boys I photograph 😉 ), but he did keep asking if I was posting to instagram and snapchat. Hahaha! I just love watching these two cuties grow up, and can’t wait to see what they are going to be like when they are my senior clients!
Here are a few sneak peeks from their shoot (including one with their beautiful mom who was so great to jump in and be silly with them):
People may assume that I have millions of photos of my kids. That is SO not the case! Yes, I probably have more than most, but it takes major effort! To get my kids to agree to a shoot is sometimes pulling teeth. They HAVE to humor me once a year (or sometimes I will let them get away with every other year). Usually those “sessions” are quick 15 minute shoots. Being that it was Will’s senior year, he did have a full shoot earlier in the year. But my youngest son, Nicholas, had a milestone this year as well. THIRTEEN!! No more little kids in the house for me (sniff sniff).
I let Nicholas know about 6 months ago, that we WERE going to do a real shoot for his thirteen year old milestone. Well, he pushed me off for a few months, but then finally realized it was pointless to resist. What mom wants, mom gets ;). My baby turned 13 at the end of December, but he agreed to let me do his shoot over spring break. Yay!! And I think he was pleasantly surprised that shoots with mom aren’t THAT bad, and can actually be kinda fun. Especially since we could get Jeremiah’s afterwards ;). He even surprised me and wanted to change clothes and go to a second location! What a great kid!
Here are a few sneak peeks of my handsome young man Nicholas:
My favorite little family is back! I swear these six month periods go faster and faster each time! (Side note, I LOVE that they have been coming to me every six months for their children’s lives! They are going to have such an amazing record of their childhood in printed photographs.) The one and only problem, is we are finally running out of locations. I think they may have hit all of them now! Hahaha!
This time we went downtown Orlando for our shoot. We started off with a little fire department visit, and ended on church street after the sun was setting. Such fun (and funny) kids, so comfortable in front of the camera!
Here are a few sneak peeks from our shoot: