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.
I’m trucking right along with my senior portrait season, here at the studio! It’s Megan’s turn in the spotlight today, and boy, can this girl shine!
I loved working with Megan and her mom because they are super sweet people. Megan is just as beautiful on the outside as well! Look at all her amazing images in the slideshow below!
The clothes she chose really worked well and enhanced her natural beauty. I loved all the dresses! I was hoping she’d forget the cute dress we photographed in the water in the dressing room! 😉 Just kidding! I’m sure she wears it better than I would.
Well, back to the grind stone! Have more sessions to proof and another senior this afternoon at 1pm!
I’m excited to finally share a little sneak peek with Jacob and his mom! The last two weeks have been absolutely packed with photo sessions (the whole month of August, actually) and so I’m not turning things around in a week like I usually do for the proofs. I’ve been able to do things within two weeks, even with the holiday weekend. (Which my customers assure me is still faster than most of my competition… but still!) 🙂
I hate to make anyone wait!
So here you go! Another hunk of a guy. And he wanted to do some without his shirt on. 😉 Who am I to tell him he couldn’t?
Aren’t I just the luckiest photographer??? LOL! His mom will laugh with me because she was saying he was making his list and she was starting to wonder if he was planning on doing any shots with his shirt on!
I say, if you got it, flaunt it! (At least a little bit!)
My favorites are the ones in the gray shirt. It’s goes perfect with the location I chose and you just focus on him. Portrait harmony!
This fun family session started at the Hagen home with a very bashful little 5 year old… I usually can charm the socks off even the most rambunctious little boys, but this little lady had me grasping for straws to tell you the truth. None of my tricks were working for more than a second or two before she’d turn her head away. LOL!
Good thing I have a fast trigger finger! 🙂
You know, that’s the difference between a newbie photographer that you might get to take your photos for less and a true, experienced professional.
I never gave up, never gave in and didn’t let it phase me in the least because I knew I would be able to get the shots I needed.
Sure, it would be nice if I could brag that every photo session I do is a piece of cake because I’m THAT good… but this is REAL.LIFE and there’s a reason I use that as my tagline. I don’t believe in taking pictures that gloss over reality. There is such beauty in the imperfections of life.
This great family comes to me from my wonderful brother-in-law, Dan Houg who works in Sioux Falls, SD and was on the Make A Wish Board of Directors last year.
The O’Connors and I tried to get together this winter to do a session, but the weather got in my way and I wasn’t able to travel that weekend.
Since a family this large doesn’t have the opportunity to get everyone together all that often, I was more than happy to accommodate their request to have me travel even further to Lake Madison, SD to do their family portrait session.
It was a very sunny and hot day, which wasn’t exactly ideal for a lake portrait. But I managed to work my magic and got a few different settings with the whole big group for Karla to choose from to display over her mantle.
Next, we headed to a more comfortable shady spot in the front yard where we took lots of great shots of the individual families and their kids.
It really was a great way to spend a Saturday. Such nice people! (And good looking to boot!)