Three weeks pregnant and counting I had to make time to fit in one of my fave families. It was pretty cold so we had to keep little hands and feet warm throughout with kisses, lots of swinging in the air and jumping in piles of leaves. With this group I always expect to see lots of dimples, huge laughs, and good times. Little Marlow was such a hoot wearing moms hat and snuggling close, while Axel was all about finding big sticks and digging holes. What a beautiful fall and fun way to spend some of my last days pre-baby myself. I can’t wait to continue exploring lifestyle sessions and pushing a more documentary approach with kids and families. I love real moments and just taking time to have fun! When you let kids be themselves the cutest things happen. See below 😉
Fall Family Portraits
Here’s another family I’ve had the pleasure of photographing for a few years now. Grandma decided to get all of the cousins together for a big fall photoshoot. This is such a fun and caring group. All of the older kids were so sweet with baby Grace as she ran as fast as she could to keep up 🙂
fall family portrait – documentary photographer – lifestyle photography
I’ve been photographing this family for a long time and enjoy every second. We spent the entire session laughing at Jackson’s hilarious little jokes as he told us that his sister would only listen to him about posing and he’d get her to smile by yelling hamburger (and she’d repeat some really cute baby version of it). I love photos of kids just being themselves, playing, laughing, snacking, and snuggling. Sometimes sessions include little fits and tears but they are all special memories later!
The family portrait. It’s something we are all familiar with, and most do not look forward to. Visions of kids running and crying, refusing to cooperate, and lots of time spent standing around waiting for it to be over. As a photographer you don’t want this to be the common reaction (obviously). I do take pride in my ability to rock out large family groups at weddings in no time and keep everyone happy. It took lots of weddings and many different routines to figure out the magic trick to families.
This has been a very busy year for me! I booked more weddings than ever, we are building a house, getting married, and opening two new businesses. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about where I want my work to go and whats important to me, our family, and how I want to spend my time. Significance has always been a priority and something I am constantly striving for. I want to take images that matter! The closer I get to creating my own family the more I realize how important time is and how precious each moment is with your loved ones. Getting back to my roots, I love images with a film grain. I started out in a darkroom and spent time working with each image-by hand in the dark. The time consuming (and expensive) process was challenging, fun, and contributed to a lot of creativity in my work. I’m blessed that my clients are willing to take a chance and give me the freedom to create. “I trust you” is my absolute favorite thing to hear – its the creativity green light. Documenting moments is an intimate process that doesn’t come easy to everyone. It can be nerve racking, intimidating, and seem uncomfortable, which is why I recommend letting go and letting your photographer take the reigns to tell your story.
I was so happy to meet Molly and Max before their big day to catch a few photos and meet baby Jane. Their wedding at The Monastery was beautiful and ended with a bash on the dance floor. I will post sneaks soon!
When you’re 12, into fashion, and your friends I’m not sure there could be a cooler birthday option than a Tween Fashion Photo Party in OTR. These girls blew me away from the moment they stepped foot in my studio. All very confident, excited and ready to WERK. They showed me that I am now old and need to update my social media knowledge. haha. It was so fun to get to hang with them and see all of their personalities come to light in front of the camera. Oh to be 12\13.
All I had to say was “model pose” – they nailed it.
The girls had a blast creating their own snaps in my studio. They had tons of their own ideas – this was not their first day in front of the camera!
Quite possibly the coolest mom ever. Hair blowouts, dinner in OTR, and a cool photoshoot, followed by ice-cream #perfectday