If I could give any advice to parents taking photos of their children, it is, let the children be themselves. Don’t make them smile for the camera. To me, this makes the best photographs. I hope you’ll agree.
I was called by Queen Anne mom Cecile to do an extended family portrait of 10 people-grandparents, two sets of parents and these children. And, we did those more structured pictures. But what I hope to achieve during those sessions as well, is also capturing these moments in between the more formal portraits. I love capturing natural emotion, and don’t want children to “smile for the camera. ” My hope is that you will find these as successful as I feel they are. Thanks for looking.
It is an honor and a real joy to spend time at home with a family, documenting their real life. While a few set-up shots may work themselves into the photo session, most of what you see is not set-up. The moments are captured on film as they unfold. That is how people feel most at ease allowing their real personality to shine through!
Three sisters and their families got together this summer and had me join them for a half-day to document their reunion. It was such a special time as the sisters live far apart. They gathered at their family home in Bellingham where we were able to do what I call an extended family session.
As the cousins explored the property, played together in the mud, and crafted mohawks, I was able to capture moments that one simply cannot orchestrate. There are too many “keepers” to display on a blog, but these were my absolute favorites. The ones that hopefully go beyond pretty pictures and capture moments that will be forever remembered in their minds and recalled through photographs.
Along with these stand outs, the family also received group photos and individual family photos. Each family received a disk, so there is no trying to decide what to purchase. They got them all!
I really love extended sessions because there is more time to work and get to know the personalities of the people and document them as they really are.
This is just a snippet of what we were able to capture during our 3-hour in-home session. I arrived just as beautiful Miya was awaking from her nap, so she’d be fresh for our session. With twins on the way we decided to do the session early in Olivia’s pregnancy. I couldn’t have asked for a better set of folks to team up with to create a document of love, family style! Thanks Van, Olivia and Miya!