Some people may not know but we do all types of photography including school portraits. This year we added another school to the many that we have been working with over the years. There was a little girl who was absent for school picture day that came into our office for a retake. Mom and dad enjoyed the very short experience they had with us. They made the decision it was time for a family portrait. Of course, they then contacted us to get on the schedule as soon as possible to take the holiday photos.
It had been a very long time since they had had a portrait taken together. Brynn was such a sweet little girl, she made the entire session a breeze smiling and posing the whole session. We were able to take some holiday photos on our yearly set, as well as, some other backgrounds. Having a plain background means the photos could be hung in the house all year.
Brynn was very inquisitive about all of the things we have in our office during the photo session. The way that the lights moved around the different background options, our prop room, and what was inside of our wrapped presents. We will give you a hint – they’re empty boxes. Originally mom had thought she just wanted a few photos but after the full session before they were getting ready to leave she was considering the option of purchasing the download to all the photos.
It is wonderful to see after a session with a great family the opinion of “only a few photos to thinking I’m going to need all of these” is just wonderful. We then discussed perhaps an outdoor session the next time that they do family photos or even just photos of Brynn. Surely, they will continue to use our services. It would be an honor to work with them again in the future.
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We have been working with this family since the children were very, very, young. They do annual photos typically some sort of theme. One we remember from years ago was the Wizard of Oz. We did the photos in the park and it was so much fun with each family member dressed up as a character. All of the children have gotten older some are out of school while others are still in college, but this annual tradition is really wonderful. They continue getting together to make these photos happen is just very special. Sometimes it is a simple type of a theme, like a sports jersey or it can get a little more elaborate like steampunk or this year the day of the dead theme. The family started the process of getting ready about 8:45 in the morning doing hair and getting the Day of the dead makeup painted on their face. That is commitment! Everyone always arrives to the studio prepared with costumes props and even make sure to include something for their dog to wear that is in line with the theme. These photos have decorated their Christmas card each year and I will bet when people open them they are excited to see what theme was chosen this year. We sometimes try to get the photos taken outside but since the best time of year tends to be around Thanksgiving, when all the kids are in town from school, it is chilly outside so we work with the background options we have in our studio. We know that the costumes and props will really bring any background choice to life. We thank them for continually contacting us each year so that we can create these memories for their family. We will see you next year and we can’t wait to hear what the theme is.
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A perfectly wonderful day at the park with the perfectly wonderful family. There are sessions that may seem challenging to parents trying to get the kids to cooperate, however we only need one split second to get the photo. We couldn’t stop smiling when we reviewed these photos, just so many to choose from in there. We have done many sessions together and when baby sister arrived the sessions changed a bit. Getting two children to stay in one spot adds another element to the fun. Now that the weather was nice we did the session outdoors, this makes everything a bit easier and harder at the same time. The open area gives the kids a chance to run around instead of having to stay in one spot like when they are in the studio. At the same time, running around keeps everyone on their toes the whole time, but makes it much easier for us to work with the kids in finding a location they want to sit.
We started off with some photos of the girls together because we knew that was something we wanted to accomplish for sure…well we got it! Family photos were great too because the smiles just kept coming from everyone. We did have to put in some bubble guppy trivia, but whatever works it fine with us. We wanted to make sure that each girl got a chance to have photos by themselves. Since Clare is old enough to tell us what she likes we took her photos in front of a door. She wanted “to see who was home” Despite the smiles we got I think she was a bit upset nobody answered the door, haha! Hannah didn’t get to pick her spots for photos however she showed us that no matter where we put her she was going to smile about it. I have no idea how mom and dad are going to narrow down from this session. Get them all!!
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It seems like only a few weeks ago we were working with this couple in the park for their maternity session. Now here we are doing newborn photos. Baby Bobby had decided he was going to come just a little bit earlier than expected. Mom said it almost seems like he was kicking his way out of there because he was ready to greet the world. We didn’t doubt that for one moment because Bobby is surely strong. Throughout the session he was awake and kicking his legs the whole time. We had asked mom if he ever stayed still throughout her pregnancy and the answer was “not very much.” We do say having newborn photos within the first two weeks is the best because after that the babies are more active and alert. Bobby was already both of those at only eight days! Mom and dad said they totally understand the parents that don’t realize how quickly the first weeks go by and trying to get in before the two weeks is a challenge. But they wanted to try to get in as soon as they could so that they could get these precious newborn photos as he is already changing from day one. The images we captured of the family, mom and Bobby, as well as, dad and Bobby are ones that they will cherish forever. Everyone looks so happy! There even a few photos of body giving us a little smile, which will be great to show family and friends. With many out-of-town family the new mom and dad have had a bit of a chance to relax with just the three of them before some people come in town to meet the new addition. At that point we’re sure that they will welcome some additional hands on deck. Babies change and grow so fast, as mom stated during the session, having these newborn photos and various sessions throughout the first year are really great way to capture all of the little faces. We hope to work with Bobby again in the future and perhaps have a new birthday club member
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It’s been a while since we have seen this birthday club family. Basically the whole world, including our studio, shut down in 2020 so we skipped the birthday photos last year. And this year we met outdoors so the boys could have a little bit more fun running around the park, instead of photos at home like we have done in the past. They have really grown so much since the last time! When we met them at the park the boys were definitely ready for photos with smiles and talking to us right away. No shy children here, they were very good listeners as well as directors to each other. We got started with some family photos first and then because the boys were old enough to get those great smile looking at the camera photos we threw in some silly photos. We think that you need to let the children have some fun as well as doing some of these post pictures. The boys enjoyed playing in the flowers at the park with a peekaboo game behind them and then, of course, showing off their best pose at the end of the session. These poses gave us some cute personality photos! The images we captured of the family interacting and the kids with mom show how much these little ones love their parents. It was great to see everyone and I know that we captured some perfect images to hang in the house. As we walked around the park mom said that they were leaving the same day to go on a little trip with the boys but they did not know about it. We really hope that they had a great time because they truly deserve it after all of the great work that they did during your photo shoot
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We met these girls at the park for a wonderful generation photo. Grandpa decided that he wanted his daughter, wife and granddaughter to have a photo taken together for Mother’s Day. What a wonderful idea, we think all families should do this. After rescheduling due to rain we were blessed with a nice cool cloudy day, perfect for photos. Savanna, the youngest of the generations, was all smiles the entire session. It was very easy to get many photos! The matching shirts were a wonderful touch to add some personalization to these memorable photos. After photos of all the girls together we also added in some of Savannah and Nonna, as well as, Savannah and mom. We got so many options in such a short mini session time slot! We had originally wanted to do some pictures of Savannah splashing in the water since it was nearing summer and she is learning to sit up. However, the water was looking a little rough so we skipped that and took some photos with the blooming flowers instead. A perfect spot for a little girl in the park. Honestly these girls couldn’t have gotten any better photos – cooperation, happy baby, beautiful day, everything was in their favor which is why they decided to get all of the digital images instead of having to choose. We recommend these types of generation photos for all families because looking back at these is going to be extra special. Of course there are lots of photos of baby but mom is often not in the photos and surely grandma is not either so having the three of them together in the same photo is truly just priceless. We will work again with this family sometime soon and know that little Savanna will be a happy baby during all of her sessions.
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