Well, the end of summer is approaching quickly…and though there is still that humid air lingering around us, I know that the cooler weather is just around the corner. Clients are emailing and calling me daily to set up their fall sessions for their holiday card photos. The kids are back in school. I guess it is time for me to start facing the fact that we will soon be saying goodbye to my favorite time of year:-(
The good news is that editing this latest photo session has helped to keep me in the summer spirit just a little while longer. I am so thrilled that my clients were still able to wear their bright, summery colors, their bare legs and sandals, AND get in some shots with the last few roses at Elizabeth Park before they are gone for the year.
I had a session a few days ago with the sweetest little boy and his parents in West Hartford. We met for a sunset session and the light and weather were both absolutely perfect! This boy was a dream to work with and gave me the perfect mix of “eye contact with a smile” shots and natural, candid shots. For any parents who are debating whether it is worth risking a cranky kid to do a sunset session…let me say this, IT IS WORTH IT!!!! Take a look at how gorgeous the light is in these photos! I had a zillion favorites, but here are just a few that I absolutely had to share:-)
This session is such a perfect example of how to best plan for a session with a young toddler. This mama was perfectly prepared in every way. She had tiny snacks that don’t show in the child’s mouth when chewing(Cheerios, Gerber Puffs, etc)….she had her daughter’s favorite board book…she brought a cherished stuffed animal…it was PERFECTLY planned!! And I can tell you that we needed each and every one of those items. When crankiness set in, there was a fantastic line up of distractions that we could use that would not ruin the photos. If a client brings along a brightly colored toy that they do not want in the photos, I can guarantee that it will cause problems when they show it to the child, but then don’t let them hold onto it. But when you plan to bring along something that has significance to the child at this moment in time…a beloved book, toy, etc…then having it in the photos is not only okay, but it makes the photos even better. I loved how I got to capture the moment where little C became completely immersed in “reading” her board book. My daughter loved books at that age too and one of my all time favorite photos of her was taken when she was laying on the floor looking intensely at her favorite book. So I love that I was able to catch that in this session.
My very favorite photos from this session though were when her mom brought out her stuffed doggie. Her reaction to seeing this dog was absolutely priceless! So if you are the parent of a baby/toddler and want to be best prepared for your session, remember to come prepared with items like these. They may not only save the day, but may also lead to a photo that you will cherish forever. Here are a few favorites from our session:
You may remember this family from last month when they had their maternity/family session posted on my blog. You can check out that post here. They were back a couple of weeks ago for their newborn shoot with the brand new baby….here are a few of my favorite shots from our session:
Big sister was filling in during feeding breaks with some of her energetic dance moves and giggles. Love this photo!Every single time I look at this next photo, it makes me yawn too:-)
One of my recent sessions was with a return client of mine who I first worked with about a year ago. This year, they are now expecting their second baby! So I was thrilled to have a maternity session with them to document this exciting time for their family. Even better than that, we will also have a newborn session in a few months when the new baby arrives. Here are a few of my favorites from our maternity session:
Recently, I received a photography request from a talent scout who had two local girls in need of some great head shots for auditions they will be attending next weekend. He was seeking out a photographer who could provide his clients with really clean, natural head shots that would highlight the child’s smile and natural beauty without any distracting backgrounds, makeup, artificial lighting, etc. Since this matched my style exactly, I was really excited to have the opportunity to work with these adorable little girls. Having worked for some time in the modeling industry, I knew exactly what the agents would be looking for in a head shot. So excited to finally get to put my modeling industry knowledge to good use:-) Here are some of my favorites from our session:
I had a great family/maternity session a couple of weeks ago and we must have got it done just in time because the new baby has already arrived!! We just put our newborn session on the calendar for later this weekend, so I am really excited to meet the new baby and get some great shots of them as a brand new family of four:-) Since my newborn sessions focus almost entirely on the new baby and include just a a handful of family shots, it is always nice to have a maternity/family session in order to give that extra camera time to the older sibling(s) before the baby arrives. It is also so special to be able to capture those last few days of your family before it changes forever with the addition of a whole new person. Here are a few of my favorites from this family’s session while they were still a family of three:-)