Maybe it’s the drive, maybe it’s the couple, maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the quails? Either way Jill & Max and their entire families created SUCH a beautiful atmosphere that there was no dry eyes in the church, no dry eyes during the family photos, and even the flower girls stopped giggling long enough for Byron to make some magic photos happen during the reception…here’s the highlights:
Happy Spring everyone! I’m not sure if this is actually an ‘old adage’ but man is it true… taking pictures of your own children is WAY WAY harder than photographing other peoples kids! I won’t even begin to go into our epic 3 day Christmas photoshoot to get our twin boys looking properly angelic, but this one called for more desperate measures, seeing as it’s already April 21st…geez summer should be just around the corner right?
The best part of this shoot was that we ended up on our living room floor with a great blanket draped across the couch. Photographer version of the McGyver toolbelt: make it happen where the kids are happiest : ) Enjoy!
There are lots of behind the scenes bits that make a great long term relationship comfortable between photographers and their clients. As a family photographer I have several tricks in my bag to make the day run smoothly, and ease the stress for Mom and Dad…
Photoshoot time of day: Totally the #1 make-or-break tool! If toddler Susie is a night owl, then give us a heads up and we’ll aim to shoot at 6pm, not 10am when she’s still groggy. Same goes for older children, most have a happy hour and knowing that sets us up for fun and spontaneity, not frowns and tears.
Bring snacks! We usually have freshly baked cookies as well as grapes handy for the little fingers to nibble, but if your child is on a carrot kick, feel free to bring whatever makes them happy. Happy belly, bigger smiles!
Once we’re in the studio everything suddenly looks a little daunting, with strobe lights flashing and backdrops, props and my big cameras following every move. No fear! The first few times in studio I make sure to build on fun and easy poses to keep things light and changing, so your babe doesn’t have a chance to feel nervous. It’s really key for them to come away on a positive note, feeling proud of themselves and empowered with the experience. Then in 6 months when it’s time for Christmas pics you can happily explain, “We’re going for pictures” and Susie is happy to show off once more : )
Alright, this past 12 months has literally FLOWN by in my world. Not just with being pregnant (after trying for 5 years to become so), but with running our business, preparing the nursery and finally holding my incredible twin boys in my arms, 2 months early!
Anyhow, my digression was leading up to the fact that I’ve completely missed the normal February doldrums, and now we’re into the 2nd week of March. Whoa! How did this happen so quickly? Like, we’re technically heading for spring here, aren’t we? Does anyone know how the groundhog made out?
The clocks have jumped ahead, the crocuses are waving their purple petals in the garden, my chickens are laying again, so I do believe this called for an “Ahhhhhhhhhh”.
As in, Ahhhhh, we survived another west coast rainfest.
Ahhhhhh, Cadbury Creme Eggs are in stores again.
Ahhhhh, seed catalogs are gracing my mailbox again.
Ahhhhh, time to put away the legwarmers!