The sun was crazy this day, which is something I normally try to avoid, but sometimes it just unavoidable. The thing about this morning was that they sun was over the top blaring bright and then within an instant, it was just medium bright. And then, in a blink of an eye, there was shade. It was so crazy. I mean, if it would’ve just stayed even somewhat consistent brightness, that would have been really nice, but mother nature wanted to challenge me this morning like no other. You may be thinking, but you shoot manual, so just change the settings. Yes, that’s true to a degree in this case. I could get proper exposure on the subjects, that was not really the problem. It was more that to achieve this, the rest of the photo would end up being so crazy bright and fully of inconsistent color, which is okay a little, but too much drives me bonkers. HA! It’s in times like these I must say to myself…”You are a professional. You can be flexible. You can do this.” And then I do the best I can. I guess what it really boils down to is that sometimes it’s good to be thrown such a curve-ball. It sort of forces you to adapt and maybe grow a little and I guess that’s a good thing, even if it messes with your sanity a little. HA!
I’ve been shooting this wonderful family since this little gal was a newborn. They are not in my area, so unfortunately, I don’t get to see them all that often anymore, but when I do, it’s such a joy!
Let me first preface by saying this ‘session’ was totally not planned. I can’t even really call it an official session really. You see, my sister, brother in law and nephew were all in town for a little last minute visit recently. While my sister and I were was busy with another commitments one day, my nephew and brother in law stayed with my hubby for some boy time.
It ended up that I got back a little earlier than expected and had this tiny little opportunity to take a few pictures of these two handsome fellas playing together. They were gracious enough to give me about 10 minutes and I was so thrilled with the memories I captured before they had to leave.
I tell you these things because I would normally avoid a bright, orange shirt with giant verbiage on it for photos, but in this case, I just had to work with the shirt because, well, it’s the only shirt he had. HA!
But this is the most wonderful thing about photographs. Even when you don’t have total control over everything, you realize that it’s truly about capturing the moments and not as much all the other ‘stuff’. This boy loves his daddy so much and his daddy loves him so much. And showcasing that love through photographs is the most important part and why I love what I do so much!
This sweet boy is even sweeter than he looks. <3 He just became a big brother and I was actually at his home to photograph his beautiful new baby sister (which you will see more of soon!), but couldn’t resist a few of him by himself since he has a birthday just around the corner. it was fun to capture him for this milestone.
I do enjoy photographing older children, but I (unfortunately) don’t get to do it quite as much as younger kiddos. I guess life gets the best of everyone as the children grow and professional photography becomes less of a priority for many families. (Of course) I feel families should at least have one pro family photo session each year, but if you are unable or feel that is too much, at the very least, I recommend professional portraits every 2-3 years. I’m biased, sure…I admit to that. ;-) BUT a promise you this…your kids will barely remember all the ‘stuff’ they have…it will be the memories and photographs that will stand the test of time. When the computers, games and toys, designer clothes, etc. have faded, photographs will be the tangable you (and they) cherish the most.
Blah, blah, blah…enough sappy for today.
How about a genuine smile to brighten your day.
It’s so simple, yet so divine; the way the love between mother and child shines so bright so early on. I so enjoy photographing the early moments between the two. It’s such a privilege to be a part of. The beauty of motherhood….makes me swoon every time.