These littles are very dear to my heart. They just so happen to be my niece and nephew who live just far enough away to make taking photos a little hard to coordinate with school and work schedules. Needless to say, I was thrilled to finally have them back in my studio for some fun portraits documenting their ages (4 & 7).
The outfits their mama dressed them in were adorable and classic and so fitting for their ages. Camellia loves the camera and strutted her stuff like a girl who has seen a few episodes of America’s Next Top Model. Such a honey.
And JP, he’s golden. He really is. My parents get to spend lots of time with them since they live right next door and they never have a bad word to say about either of them. Gotta love grandparents.
I hope you love these images as much as I do… well, maybe that’s asking a lot if you’re not also related to them, but leave me a comment below and let me know which picture is your favorite!
It’s so funny, after every session the parents to these little guys tell me I earned double what I charged for the session fee because I’ve been working my tail off to get the perfect pictures to document their growing family. I just laugh and tell them I wouldn’t have it any other way. Their boys are so active and healthy! (Thankfully, after a reschedule last week due to ear infections that don’t make for very happy children)
I feel ALIVE when I’m working that hard for a kid to look at me and smile, and focus and get the lighting and pose and everything just right! It’s certainly not EASY, but how realistic is it to think that having children that will do exactly what you ask be the rule rather than the exception?
I’m just happy because I know that their parents understand that it’s the imperfect shots paired with the perfect ones that tell the whole story of their personalities.
I just finished up their next session and helped them place their order from these pictures we took last fall! LOL! Definitely not the ideal schedule for me as a business person, but I totally GET IT. I’m a parent to two healthy little boys myself and I know exactly what life is like at this stage of the game, although I know I have it easier because I’ve got a lot bigger spread between mine.
(Side Note: My Henry and their Reese are only a week or so apart… He’s the reason I couldn’t force myself to take more than a week or so of maternity leave. They were so sweet and asked me who I recommended so they could take him somewhere else, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of not getting to do it myself.)
LOVE THEM SO!!!
When I got a call from this gal about taking her family portraits she made one thing clear, her kids and husband were not going to be real thrilled about having to get off their boat and get dressed up to take a new family portrait. I know all about that feeling. My husband equates getting our family portraits taken to going to the dentist or visiting the doctor for his annual physical. Something he knows he needs to do, but not something he will pretend to enjoy. LOL! Even if it is a lot less painless than he makes it out to be.
I reassured her, I had this covered. We had discussed what I thought would be a good location to get a nice uncluttered (the hard part) view of Clear Lake on a late summer afternoon. I made sure to be there ahead of time to make sure the location was going to work as I had planned. I was thanking my lucky stars that it worked out because if I remember right it was a Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend so everyone and their brother seemed to be out on the water or enjoying the public parks.
I am thinking it was really only a 20 minute session, tops, because when you have full grown children, it’s much easier to get everyone posed and looking at the camera. (Although I’ll admit sometimes it is the older children that surprise me with how much attention I need to spend making sure they’re listening.)
I made sure not to drag things out and they were happy to be on their way back to the boat so quickly. I think I even heard one of her boys say it was actually kind of fun. (Who would’ve thought?! *wink*)
The best part is that the mom was thrilled with the results of our photoshoot and now has a lovely updated family portrait to hang in her home. Gotta love those happy customers!
Are you thinking it’s time to move out that family portrait you had taken for the church directory and your youngest who is now almost in highschool was only a toddler? Better give me a call and I’ll tell you all about the amazing experience you could have with your family here at my studio.