Last weekend, I had my first official family session of the season! It is so exciting to be able to get outdoors again with my camera. Though I still do newborn sessions during the winter (and a few brave family sessions), it is usually from April- December that I do most of my work. For this session, we decided to shoot at Old Wethersfield Cove and though it was very flooded from the spring thaw, we were still able to get some great photos near the barn and the freshly blooming forsythia bushes. This was the type of shoot that kept me on my toes with there being both a 5 year old and an on-the-go toddler who was interested in everything and anything BUT stopping for photos. So we worked in lots of breaks and freedom to roam while I snapped shots of the cute little moments in between. I was so happy to get the adorable faces the little one made while making animal sounds, her adorable giggles when running from place to place, and the serious concentration of the 5 year old as he worked to perfect his rock skipping skills. Like most sessions I shoot with families that have toddlers, at some point, my exhausted clients (who have been chasing a wild and free little one for an hour straight) will look at me and say, “This just isn’t working! He/She won’t stand still for even a second!” To which I always respond, “I promise you, this is going far better than you think and I have lots of great photos here.”
Let this session be a perfect example of how an experienced photographer who understands and knows how to work with young children can make magic out of something that actually seems impossible. Not to toot my own horn here, but this is just the truth. I think you will see with this post that screaming, running, cranky, silly, etc. are not at all deal breakers when it comes to family photos. If you are waiting until your kids are older and able to “cooperate” for photos, then you will surely miss out on some of the most incredible moments and stages of your child’s life. If I can give you one piece of advice from a mama who knows, these times will fly by so fast….too fast. Be sure to capture them now so you can have these beautiful memories to enjoy for a lifetime.
Here are a few of my favorites from their session:
This post begins my last week of session posts for the year! Just four more to post and then I will be keeping the rest of them secret for the purposes of card and gift giving. Although I will miss the hustle and bustle of the fall photography season, I am also looking forward to spending the next three months organizing, learning, seeking out new inspiration, and getting caught up on all of the behind the scenes work of my business. Even more than that, I cannot wait to spend time with my family again! There has been hardly a moment in the past three months that I haven’t been heading off to a photo shoot, preparing for an event, or editing from early in the morning until late into the evening. So after this week, I will finally be able to take a deep breath and start enjoying the holiday season and my family as well. I can’t wait!!!
But, until then, I still have a few more wonderful families to feature as I prepare their images from this past week’s sessions. I met today’s family at the Wethersfield Cove this past weekend. They were fortunate enough to have booked a December session, but still had beautiful 50+ degree weather. It was amazingly warm! Thanks to the E family for allowing me to capture these beautiful photos of your family. Here are a few of my favorites from the session:
I always like a photo that is a little silly…The headlock is awesome:-)
Here is my latest session shot a couple of weeks ago at Wethersfield Cove in Old Wethersfield. I am really enjoying shooting photos here…the barn, the water, the light….it is all just perfect. The L family chose this location to update their family photos which they have been wanting to do for a while now. This session will be the last one they will do before their son heads off to college, so they were really hoping to capture their family one more time before one of their little babies leaves the nest:-)
I typical find that most of my sessions involve families with young children. It seems that as children grow older, have more activities, and less interest in participating in family portraits, many parents just let go of the annual family photo session. This is such a mistake because I know for a fact that it will all pass by WAY too fast and those family photo sessions will be one of the treasured memories you have once your kids grow up and are off on their own. I am so thrilled when I meet a family like the L family who decides to make that family session a priority to capture their family as it is with teenagers and all. Here are some of my favorites from our session:
Okay, so maybe one more post until I start being 100% secret with holiday photos….actually, I have been asking each of my clients if they want to keep their photos private until after their cards go out and I actually came across a family last weekend who said that it was absolutely okay for me to share, so here they are! The fabulous L family with their four gorgeous children, who were an absolute dream to photograph. I am not kidding when I tell you that these children ranked among the top 2 best behaved families that I have ever worked with. So this photo shoot was not only a total breeze (I didn’t even break a sweat once!), but it was also the first time I ever visited or shot at the Wethersfield Cove. It is a lovely place and the perfect spot for a family photo session. Here are a few of my favorites from this session:
I loved how in this last shot, the children just so happened to be filing out onto the pier as I was shooting photos of their parents. Not at all a planned thing, just a happy coincidence:-)
For my second session this past Saturday, we decided to meet up at Wickham Park in Manchester, CT. Since it was my first time there, I wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect. Well, I must say that I was blown away by the size and beauty of this park! It is filled with amazing gardens and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to explore this location on Saturday and find all the perfect spots to shoot some family photos for my brand new clients. Their little boy and I hit it off immediately. He was a total sweetheart with the most adorable personality. So, of course, we quickly became good friends. I wish I could share every photo I shot that day because I love them all so much, but I will try to restrain myself and only share a batch of my favorites. Hope you enjoy!