Hey guys! Remember me? I’m finally getting back to a regular blogging schedule and I thought I’d start with this fun family lifestyle session.
I love, love, love shooting in client homes! I love getting to photograph families in their comfortable and natural state. These are the photos I myself would look back on fondly. Memories of those moments that we may currently take for granted but are the ones we want to remember the most in the future. It’s the little things, like playing on the floor or how wiggly our littles were while we changed their diapers. I love going through my own personal photos (even the blurry, out of focused ones) that we took in our old home. This is what I aim for when I’m shooting a family lifestyle session (but not the blurry, out of focused ones! teehee!)
Since this little guy was so happy and ready to play, we got to venture outside as well. We hit up a nearby park that they frequent in their neighborhood and he got to stretch out and show off his new moves, like standing and sitting up! And how adorable is his Beatle’s shirt?!? I love it!
Does this family look familiar to you? They were our 2013 winners from last year! So glad to have gotten to photograph their handsome little man’s six month milestones!
Overall, a fun afternoon for all of us
I don’t know about you guys but it’s summer and I’m having the hardest time concentrating. My kids are home and all I want to do is play with them. So now I kinda have a backlog of blogging to do. Ok, truth. I definitely have a backlog of blogging to do But first, a fun one to get me back into the groove. Oh, yes. I just used the word grove. Don’t judge!
I didn’t take very many photos this year. In fact, I didn’t even find any on my cell phone, which is a first! But we do have this awesome pic our awesome friend Katie snapped for us.
We did a little shopping, a little eating (or maybe a lot, I’m not going to say…) a little bit of talking shop. But mostly, we did a whole lot of this:
Want to see more? Check out Lena’s pics!
Here’s a question for you: What do you do with your digital photos? Your vacation photos, cell phone snaps, session photos? Do they live on your computer or on disks/thumb drives? Or are they printed up large, framed and hung on that perfect spot on the wall for everyone to see? Do they live in a book that you can tangibly hold in your hands? Remember when we used to carry pics of our kids in our wallets? I do. I have this silly school photo of my first born when he was two years old wearing a race car driver outfit and a mean mug still in my wallet, tucked behind my driver’s license.
I was thinking the other day about my husband and my 10-year anniversary. We celebrated it and my then 8-year-old’s birthday by taking the kids on a Disney Cruise. I didn’t take a whole lot of photos but there were a couple in particular that I remember loving and never seeing because, well… they live on my computer. I am constantly reminding clients of the importance of printing their session images. I know we all get busy, which is one of the reasons why I always include 5×7 prints of all digital files and one large framed print with all my packages. But I need to take my own advice. I’ve decided to carve out a little bit of time a week to go through old photos and either get them printed or put in a book. This particular photo is going up on the wall:
I love this one so much. We had stood in long line earlier that day to meet her favorite Disney Princesses, which is why she is wearing her tiara. We can call this my #fbf I was going to do a #tbt but I guess I’m a little late! Stay tuned next week for another as I continue to go through my archives to get these photos printed!
I was scrolling through FB yesterday when I came upon a photo I took last October for a client and sweet friend. I stopped for a sec, commented, and realized that I had yet to blog this session, which is a travesty because it was most definitely one of my favorites. When she had contacted me last summer, she shared with me what she had in mind for her photos. And while she didn’t have a location or a backdrop in mind, as I listened to her I knew immediately where I wanted to take their family. It was going to be a little bit of a trek and right at dawn so I was worried she would say, no. But to my pleasant surprise, she and her family were completely game!
I got there before they did right as the sun was rising. It was such a treat for me to sit there, alone, listening to the waves crash and in awe of God’s creation. It was breathtaking and I love this photo but it doesn’t do any justice to the real thing.
Sure, the sunrise, the weather, the ocean and the pier were awesome. But what I loved most about this session was this family. There was just so much love, joy and an comfortable, happy ease about them. They were in the moment enjoying each other and I was just lucky enough to get to be there to capture it all for them
Just a quick note, if you’re interested in an October beach session, believe it or not, now is the time to book! Contact me for more information!
Sometimes, I just have to pinch myself. I don’t really know how I got so lucky and sometimes I just shake my head like I am in a really awesome dream. Two years ago, I met some incredible ladies in Chicago (some I already knew, most I didn’t) and we’ve all been close ever since. We don’t see each other very much at all but we talk on an almost daily basis. It’s very hard to get 11 working moms that live all over the U.S. and Canada together but we managed to make that happen this past summer and met up in Cape Cod for an amazing few days. We laughed, we cried, we learned how to ride bikes in the middle of the night – you know, all the stuff that makes a good chick flick And of course, because we are all photographers, there are pictures.
Group photo taken by Michele Anderson of PinkleToes Photography.
I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked with my big camera but I did take a whole lot of cell phone pics!
My heart is full of joy looking at these and I absolutely cannot wait until I see these amazing ladies again soon!
My friends <3 :Shona Reid – Ottowa, Canada Carol Swaitkewich – Winnepeg, Canada Stacy Krager – Springfield, Illinois Leah Cook – Dallas, Texas Sarah Jordan – Boston, Mass. Janie Jones – Kansas City, Kansas Lena Antaramian – New York, NY Michele Anderson – Austin, Texas Heidi Drexler Photography – St. Louis, MO