I didn't make a big deal out of it because....motherhood, but just a few months ago I celebrated 4 years of being my own boss, at least when it comes to photography. For the past four years I've tried to be both an educator, a wife, a business owner, and then a mom. It hasn't been easy, but it's been amazing.
I wasn't able to fully devote myself to the photography until this summer. For that reason, I can honestly say that the first two years I didn't really have a creative style. I was like a teenager trying on different personas or styles. My third year in business I started to find what I liked, but didn't have the confidence to tell clients no when I needed to. Now, I know what I like and I know what I want my brand to represent.
I've slowly moved towards lifestyle photography at least when it comes to newborn and family photography. Almost every normal, non-model person I know feels awkward as the focus of a camera. We don't know what to do with our hands, or our feet. And what is with the "drop your chin"?! I have come to realize that I love the candid moments and the best way I have found to achieve this look is to build a session around something.
So, for this falls family photo sessions, I'd like to help you come up with an event to build your session around.Some examples we can do:
- Pumpkin patch
- Pumpkin carving
- Christmas Tree Farm
- Decorating your Christmas Tree
- Baking cookies
We can also just do a session in your home built around your family being you guys and doing what you love together. If that's curling up on the bed for a story, pajamas & snuggling, cooking breakfast, playing legos, painting...the options are endless.
These sessions are designed to be about 75% candid and about 25% looking at the camera and posed. These take the pressure off the kids to sit and smile, make them more fun and memorable for all, and help mom and dad just relax. This is the time to capture those tiny little moments that you try to save away in your memory to not forget when the kids have left for college.
If you're intrigued, contact me and lets talk more about how we can make a memorable moment for your family and amazing images for Christmas cards and your wall. Here are just some of my favorites of my family and from some moments from previous sessions.