This family contacted me about photographing them in their Lake Norman home and told me that they wanted their pictures to have a lifestyle feeling, more candid and relaxed than posed. Mom also mentioned that they have always wanted a family photo of everyone throwing confetti. HECK YEAH! They had other Charlotte photographers work in their home and were concerned that the pictures would look similar. That is the cool thing about photographers… we are all artists and have a different eye for lighting, composition and interact with families in completely different ways.
The shoot went really well. Baby P was super cooperative and we managed to get lots of really sweet shots of C with his little sister. The surprise came when we decided that we would try to get their pup in some photos. They warned me that she was not a well behaved dog for photographers. I think the stars aligned because we got SO MANY CUTE photos of this dog with his fur-less siblings! It was amazing! Photographing dogs is always tricky. It’s hard to explain to them what you want them to do. “Not too much tongue… smile with your eyes”… haha! This pup worked my camera!
There was another really sweet moment where Dad was reading to C in his room and he almost fell asleep! I was thinking that if he did fall asleep, we could pose him like a newborn and that would have been a first for me!
The whole family was so pleased at the outcome of their photo shoot. So am I. Thank you SO much G family….
The first time that I photographed this family was after their first daughter’s birth. I was thrilled to hear that they were expecting another baby and wanted me to be their newborn photographer again. Each time I work with newborns that have toddler aged siblings, I say a little prayer before the photo shoot. It can be difficult to get two year olds to cooperate. I do have several tricks that I use (and I am not above bribery when it comes to getting the perfect shot either, and have even resorted to photoshop magic once). For this photo shoot, no bribery or photoshop magic was necessary! Big sister was absolutely sweet and cooperative. We got some of the most beautiful pictures of the sisters together. It made my heart happy.
When photographing newborn babies with an older sibling, I always feel like it is so important to make the older child feel so important. I was a big sister once and I know how it feels to have people come and fawn all over the new baby. I make sure to fuss over them first, and then when the time is appropriate, enlist their “help” in photographing the baby. They love this! Sometimes, there are these magical moments when things just really click. This photo shoot is a perfect example!
Thank you I family 🙂
As a family photographer, when you arrive at your shoot to be greeted with kids screaming your name and running into your arms to give you the biggest “I-haven’t-seen-you-in-months!” hug, you know it’s going to be a great photo shoot! That is exactly what happened when I got to photograph this family. S still had curlers in her hair when she came running out of the van, and her little brother couldn’t wait to show me his loose tooth. These are the moments that make my heart swell and make me SO! GRATEFUL! for the job that I have. I have been working with this family for years and I LOVE every shoot that we do. We always try to “outdo” the last, but we have some traditions that we always do on every shoot that makes it really fun. This is fun because it forces me to be creative and try different things and locations. This time, I decided to work at Jetton Park on Lake Norman because I’ve been working there lately and I really love the scenery. Plus I thought it would be fun to do a summery beach scene with some of the kids’ clothes that mama chose. It worked out perfectly and the weather cooperated!
One of our photo shoot traditions is the last thing that we do is a “tackle mommy” photo. Everyone looks forward to this (well… maybe not mommy but she is such a sweet mama and a good sport that she wouldn’t let on if she didn’t). The whole family gives her the biggest hug ever that usually sends everyone toppling over onto the ground with mom at the bottom of the pile!
We have certain games that we always play, and the kids look forward to those as well. This time, I even found out who has the stinkiest feet in the family. And I will never, ever tell!
After each photo shoot with this crew, I feel like I just hung out and played with long time friends. It is so much fun. And the pictures that result are so authentic and full of love and life, just like these beautiful folks.
Thank you again R family… it is truly an honor to be your photographer!
In the first email that this pregnant mama sent me, she mentioned that she was expecting her first baby and then that she already had two “fur babies”.. namely, a dog named Taco, and a rabbit named Mr. Rabbit. I knew immediately that I had to be their family’s photographer! As the mother of a very quirky child (and being a quirky person myself), I appreciate dogs named Taco and pet rabbits! When we spoke about her photo shoot, she mentioned that they live near Freedom Park in Charlotte and often visit the park to walk Taco. I thought it would be fitting to photograph them there, although photo shoots in Freedom Park are tricky because of the plethora of photographers. We chose the perfect date and time of day and I barely had to photoshop joggers and bikers out of their pictures! And come on…. can you even believe these were taken at the busiest park in Charlotte?! I mean really…. they look like they were made in an enchanted elfin forest. Maybe her lovely flower crown has something to do with that magic.
Well… I am so happy with your portraits, C and A! I cannot wait to meet your (human) baby on her newborn portraits!!!
So it’s been a while since I have done anything to my photography brand. Each new year, I make a resolution”In January, when it is cold in the Carolinas, and I am traditionally slow, I will work on freshening up my website, updating photos etc”. And for the past 3 years, January has come and gone in a blur and I am gearing up for spring family portrait sessions with the same old website (that was not mobile friendly), kicking myself in the booty. Not this year!!!
Tackling this project has been a lot more time intensive and emotional than I imagined. I had to go back through my catalogue of family, newborn, baby and maternity photography and choose images. I enlisted friends, family, even kids (free labor!), to help me decide what pictures to include. This took a couple of weeks of sifting through Lightroom, labeling and starring images. What makes a good picture? My own child would say any picture that has a dog in it is a good one 🙂 But really… what is it that draws a viewer to linger on an image when it’s not even their baby or child’s photo. Is it expression, light, composition, subject, gesture? I think it’s all of those. I think it has to be more than the sum of all the technical aspects… it has to tell a story.
I work with some beautiful families that love to express themselves and of course we have that lovely Charlotte weather, scenery and light. Although I had to narrow it down to a very limited number of portraits out of thousands, I feel like what is on the new website is a good representation of my photography. It was so hard to leave some images out, I had at least one image from every photo shoot that I felt was portfolio worthy!
This project gave me some time to reflect on my work over the past few years. Of all of the families that I have photographed. Of the babies that I have seen grow before my camera. Of the kids that fell into fits of giggles with me and left me feeling like I made a new friend at the end of the shoot, smiling ear to ear. What a blessing it is to be a photographer! There is not a job in the world that I would rather do! It fills my heart to document life– the human spirit– the most beautiful thing of all! Not many people can say that about their occupation and I realize this and am grateful every day for it! And grateful to the families here in the Charlotte area that allow me to live my dream.
Anyway… I am just so proud and excited to share my new website, my new baby!
Thank you Charlotte families for allowing me to be creative, allowing me to document your lives, appreciating my art and being open and vulnerable enough to have your portrait made in such a playful, heartfelt way. Life is not always perfect, but it is always beautiful!
Let’s see what happens in 2016!