Family Portrait . May 2017
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!
Holiday portraits are such a fun way to share your childhood milestones. Yesterday we drove all the way out to Dirr Nurseries in Goshen to take a few photos among the Christmas trees. The people at Dirr are so friendly and accommodating! You can cut your own tree, and they will package it up in their sleigh, past the north pole sign, and serve you a cup of hot chocolate. I absolutely love the beautiful colors around this time of year -blues, purples, light cloudy sky. Luckily, it wasn’t too cold and we had a blast hiding and playing in the trees.North Pole or Bermuda…you pick
Kisses all aroundOf course Mickey had to come too….Winter snuggles with MomLittle hands. Tiny Flowers
I can’t mention enough my love of exploration and telling stories-specifically though portraits. It’s so exciting going to new places and having no clue what you will find to photograph. I have clients ask me all the time what they should bring to shoots, how to prepare, what to tell the kids, etc. I honestly prefer real life moments and situations that are a bit less planned. The more you have to pose the farther away you get from those really special seconds-that I used to call accidents or luck.
One day, while talking to my Dad about photography, work and life he said something really important to me. “Robin, it can’t be luck everytime.” I thought a lot about that and I still can’t help but hold onto the idea of creating magic, having those “luck” moments, and enjoying time with family. The key to finding your luck moment is learning to forget that your photo is being taken-and let go….I try to help guide each client into that place. The luck spot 🙂
Cincinnati family portrait photographer : Robin McKerrell Photography
There’s something really special about photographing children-their carefree spirits, adventurous minds, and of course all the craziness running around after them trying to capture that perfect moment. I always love spending time with Finley-she loves dancing, singing, making funny faces, and creating. She decided to make a potion for our hands out of sand-soaking them in her little frisbee from lunch. This was a really fun day at Fort Meyers Beach.
Destination family photographer – Robin McKerrell Photography
Beautiful bright yellow leaves, deer tracks, family, and the Yamaha Viking-it doesn’t get much better. Here’s a little sneak of the Hensley’s cincinnati fall family portraits.
Like mother like daughter, these two are so beautiful inside and out.