The “M” Family

Meet the “M” family! I love this family! I have had the privilege of getting to know Mom and kids over the last year or two and was thrilled when she asked me to do their family pics!  It was great to get to know Dad a little better too.  And I had so much fun trying to capture these little munchkins! They kept me on my toes, but I loved seeing their personalities come through in the pics I got. It was high energy from the start and really worked my ability to think on my feet.

Later after I got home (and breathed my typical sigh of relief after downloading them), I couldn’t help but think about the “manifesto” that came across my Facebook page the other day. It went like this:

A Manifesto For Photographers
You and your camera,
Capturing the flicker of an eyelid, the beating of a wing, a droplet of water, a heartbeat, a smile.
Precious moments that vanish before you realize they existed.
Colour, composition, light, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, flash, focus, lens, SLR, digital, film, fisheye, positive, negative…none of these matter as much as the moment.

The memory now preserved for a lifetime.

This is what I love about photography, and capturing these families.  Preserving those moments of Dad hugging Mom, the little one sticking out her tongue as she runs by the camera or the soulful eyes of big sister, and the impish grin of a little boy. These are all fleeting moments.  As a photographer I get to freeze time. One day when these little ones are older, I can imagine them sitting around, looking at these pictures…and smiling, because this is life.  These are who our little ones start out as, and while the day and day out can seem like an eternity at times to us Mom’s, the reality is they are but a breath.

So this is what I learned today…photography reminds me to treasure the little moments and quirks of my own family and take time to breathe them in deeply.  Not a very technical lesson, but an important one none the less.

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The “C” Family

Ok, so seriously, I had no idea which pics to showcase here because I LOVE everyone of them!! Such a fun family!! I so enjoyed watching their interactions as a family. You could see their personalities shine throughout the entire shoot. There was the quiet one, the fun loving confident talker, the all boy/slightly camera shy one (or maybe he was just tired of my “ok, just one more” line:), and the baby who so obviously loved the outdoors and all the creatures in it. It was the perfect place to take their pics and I really enjoyed the experience. What makes me even happier is we already have a tentative time to do another photo shoot!

This sessions lesson for me was to keep track of the “individual” pics I am taking. In a group of more then two kids, it’s easy to loose track of what I’ve done. Unfortunately my variety with one of the kids was limited and it makes me sad that I didn’t capture more of her beautiful smile. However, with the next session already tentatively planned, I have promised to make it up to her!

Thanks so much “C” family, I’m already counting down the days till we can do this again! I hope you enjoy your sneak peak!

 

The “G” Family

Here is my third “official” shoot – the “G” family! I have to say I’m extremely grateful for friends who believe in me enough to let me capture their beautiful families. 🙂 I am finding the scariest part of this journey is the time between the shoot, and getting the pics home onto my computer! While the pics look good on my little viewfinder, I never really relax till I see the pics on my screen!

Some of the things I learned this time out…location, location, location.   The background you choose really does affect your creative “mojo”!  When the shoot started, we headed into an area of the park that I had never shot in before, but had some ideas for.  However, whether it was lighting or colors, or the fact there was already another photographer there, I don’t know… it just lacked something and I found myself struggling creatively.

This meant unfortunately for my friends that they got their exercise as we walked a good bit to find my mojo again! 🙂  I’m not sure how to overcome that one just yet, but it’s something I am contemplating right now.  In  the end, while my “perfectionist” tendencies sees the blaring areas where I still need to grow, I am thrilled with what I walked away with from this shoot.

Thanks so much, for your patience with me “G” family, as I traipsed you around the park.  I learned much from my time with you, and I hope you enjoy the moments I captured!

I’ve Hung My Shingle

So it’s official, I’ve hung my shingle, and am officially doing Family and Children shoots. I kind of feel like Indiana Jones, in the Last Crusade where he is stepping out over that chasm hoping there really is an invisible bridge. However, after much encouragement from friends who really believe in me, I’ve decided it’s time to just jump in. Sink or swim…yes I am totally full of metaphors and word pictures today. 🙂

These pics are a sneak peak for my friend, who asked me to capture her twins this weekend. I have to say, I love taking pictures at the end of the day when the sun is just going down. And I don’t think you can get too much cuter then these two. They had us laughing the whole time with their perspective and one liners. I love how these turned out, because I can see their personalities shining through. It makes me happy!

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

So I’ve been a bit neglectful of this blog since my trip out west. Honestly, I hit the ground running stepping off the plane. With Halloween costumes to be made, boy scout trips to prepare for, and impending ballet recitals, there really wasn’t much room to do anything else. I did however take lots of pictures (go figure) and hopefully those will make it here over the next couple weeks. There are other exciting (read: scary) things happening too, but that is a post for another day.

In the meantime, here are a few final pics from my trip out west. Seriously there were moments that I thought about packing up the fam and moving there!  Between the scenery and dear friends, it is truly amazing.  If only I could convince the grandparents, aunts and uncles to come too. 🙂

Anyway, if you want to see some AMAZING pictures from this area, check out my friend Erik’s website. Really go check it out, because it’s these kind of images that make me hesitate to call myself a photographer! Simply stunning.