My favorite thing to capture, especially during my Holiday Mini-Shoots, is a family being themselves and enjoying being around one another. The “R” family was a bundle of fun! With three boys under three, this family was anything but stoic and I loved it! It was fun to keep up with their energy and laughter and smiles. Here are a couple of precious pictures of the family just being together.
Aaahhh. The middle child. Often the child who happens to be born in the middle of the family is the most amiable, the peace-maker, and the one often left out. Not in the “L” family! Their middle child makes himself known! I photographed the family in January of last year before their youngest was born and we snapped this cute picture, completely unplanned and un-posed.
And now, nine months later, this little guy is no different. He made his presence known again as we photographed his family during their Holiday Mini-Shoot at Circle B Bar Reserve. Without prompting, he walked away from the family and sat by me, ready to have his photo taken. This guy knows how to not be forgotten among his siblings! And it makes for a cute repeat photo for the family.
The lighting was perfect on the day I photographed at Circle B Bar Reserve a couple of Saturdays ago. Check out another session I photographer there by clicking here. The sun was warm, making everyone’s images have a glow about them. As I snapped away at each of the five families I photographed that day, I knew I was capturing each family as they really are. The genuine smiles. The genuine laughs. The authentic interactions with one another.
It was such a fun day, besides the mosquito! It was unreal the amount of bugs we encountered during those three hours. I was covered in at least 20+ bites and I am sure my poor clients also suffered their fair share of bites as well. They were all troopers, though and worked through the swatting of swarms of nibbling insects. Next year when I photograph there, insect repellant will be a must for all.
The “L” family loves to read. Heidi is actually the Lakeland coordinator for a home school group called Classical Conversations, and I know that reading a large part of their curriculum. She brought along some adorable books as props for their family shoot. All of their family photos turned out adorably, which is easy when you have such good subject matter, but I decided to feature there images reading together as a family.
Sometimes the perfect shot can be interrupted. While photographing a family, I always take pictures of just the husband and wife. Too often, parents can forget that they were a married couple first when the demands of diapers and school lines take over their day to day lives. During my photo shoots, we take a brief moment among the pictures of the family and the kids, to take a picture of the people who started the family: the husband and wife! Sometimes this shift of focus takes the kids by surprise and funny things can happen.
While doing my Holiday Mini-Shoots at Circle B Bar Reserve, the last family I was photographing had one of those unexpected moments. Here are a couple of the beautiful shot we captured of the husband and wife as the kids “helped” me make their parents smile.
They turned out so well! I was excited about how well the girls were doing and the wonderful shots I knew I had captured for my client. And then I suggested the parents kiss and chaos began. The oldest child yelled, “NOOOOOOOO!!!” and ran straight for her parents, interrupting any further photos I planned on taking. It was hilarious! Then both of the girls started trying to attach me and the camera to stop any further picture taking of their parents kissing. I was laughing so hard!!! This is what I captured and thought you all would get a kick out of it. I just love my job!
This year I did mini-shoots to raise money for World Vision. Read all about it here. On the first day of our mini-shoots, we photographed in downtown Lakeland. All three families were so wonderful to work with as we dodged the crowds enjoying the car show. We snuck into an alley behind Black and Brew and photographed all of them there because there weren’t any antique cars to see in the alley way, thus there were no crowds there. It was very busy downtown! The alley I usually photograph in was occupied with a film crew for a short film. It was a fun challenge to photograph around people on this busy weekend in Lakeland.
Here is a preview of their images.
Usually a newborn session is focused mostly on the newest member of the family. That is the case in my latest newborn shoot with little “B” but I thought I would show you the family portraits this time on the blog. If you would like to view the newborn photos, click here.
I set up my portable studio in my client’s home and we snap away, making sure baby is happy, warm and well fed. I enjoy offering this convenient portrait experience to my clients, because adding a new family member to the family can be very stressful. Dressing all of the family members for photos and driving to a physical studio can put a strain on the family, since sleep is usually not as plentiful as one would like. By coming to my clients instead of having them come to me, they are able to relax in their familiar surrounds as I photograph in a relaxed atmosphere since we are not anticipating another client walking in for the next time slot.
Enjoy these images of the “A” family!
This weekend I had the privileged of photographing two different families. First, I met Jennifer, who won the Summer Fun Photo Contest last month. We all met at the beautiful and historic Bok Tower Gardens to photograph their first outdoor, natural light portrait session. Up until Saturday, they had always done studio pictures. Besides the mosquitoes, we had a wonderful time exploring the gardens with little three year old “H.” Here is their sneak peek.
Later that same day I met a couple who are expecting their first child for a maternity session. I had the opportunity to be the second shooter at their later last year and they contacted me as soon as they found out they were expecting to set up their appointment for their maternity shoot. Tessa wanted a fun feel as she and Andrew explored the playground equipment together. It was fun to photograph in a new location, even though I am there all the time with my 3 and 1 year old kids. It was a first to photograph there for me. Here is their sneak peek.