Today was supposed to be warmer. And brighter. But we made do. i met up with this family of three siblings and their families to snap a few photos for the holidays. We started with a traditional warm-up, and then the ideas came. i have never been on Pinterest. I sort of refuse, because from what i hear it is dangerously habit forming. Apparently, there are some great family photo ideas on Pinterest. So, with some inspiration from the web, we created some non-traditional poses, which work really well when the littlest one isn’t entirely on board with being photographed at all. 🙂
No offense to the under-2-year-olds that i photograph, but knowing i was photographing teens today had me a different brand of excited. i figured we could easily achieve the needed updated family photo with no extra chasing or cooing or playing peek-a-boo from behind the camera. We quickly hit our marks and were off to the next photographic adventure on the house tour.
As families gather together for the Thanksgiving holiday, be sure to keep a camera handy. Capture the moments and moods of the day- sometimes those are best discovered when loved ones aren’t entirely posing and prepared for the camera.
Today i caught up with these cuties to snap up some photos of each of the girls, and the girls together. Which is a somewhat difficult task when you have a 20 month old in the mix. But really, you couldn’t ask for more from the session- the results are cute, funny and simply priceless. They certainly represent this family’s here and now.
Sunday afternoon i met this family and we strolled through the (near) empty streets of J-Town. The girls had great ideas of how/where they wanted their family photographed. Their energy and enthusiasm added to the uniqueness of the photos. The wind was our enemy as hair blew in all the wrong directions. (How does Beyonce always have her hair blowing away from her face?) Even my short little hairs were picked up by the breeze!
Note: i did not vandalize the wall, but did take advantage of someone else’s creativity.
Sunday afternoon the wind kicked in and sent a serious chill across Jackson! In an effort to keep the wee ones warm during this shoot, a lot of snuggling was required. The kids enjoyed playing in the leaves, until their little fingers got too cold!
Sunday morning i met two families whose parents treated them to a mini-session each for their anniversaries. The benefit for the grandparents, was to have all of their grandchildren in one place at the same time for some photo snapping fun!
We laughed a lot, which is a great way to start any day! The photos express the fun sides of both of these families, even while “posed” for photos. And in case you didn’t know, i went to St. Mary’s College, so i was completely supportive of the Irish-loving props! As a matter of fact, the more i go along this journey, the more i enjoy mixing props into shoots.
Early (relative) this morning, sandwiched between breakfast and a hockey game, i visited this family for a “quick” shoot. The kids are older, and needed less warm up time than yesterday’s shoot. Knowing that the daughter is an equestrian, i brought my little rocking horse as a seat. i LOVE it when my clients hear out my ideas and don’t send me home with my props and head hung in shame.
We scurried about the property and snapped up some interpretive and “regular” portraits. We included the family dog and wrapped up in time for the family to head off for their next adventure.
Today i zipped up to MSU campus and had the pleasure of getting to know this one year old. He is the son of alums. Little guy was very busy exploring his surroundings and showing me his (adorable) walking skills. He enjoyed touching, holding and maybe even tasting the flowers and plants we enjoyed at the Horticulture Gardens. The area is gorgeous, with so many colors to take in! It certainly is eye candy for children of ALL ages!
Today i offered up my time for a fundraiser for my children’s school. The session fee was donated directly to the parent’s organization. Yet again, Ella Sharp Park made a beautiful backdrop for today’s fun. Thanks to those who signed up, came out and experienced the true nip of autumn with me today! Here is a sneak peek from the cuteness i got to witness today.