Well I did it!
Here is my 4th and final blog post for my “One Image a Day in March Challenge!”
Some days I didn’t make anything worth sharing and some days I had a hard time narrowing it down, I even skipped a day or two.. But all in all it was a great reminder that I need to keep documenting my family regularly. It brings me so much joy!
I love looking at my family and my life one step removed – through the lens. It helps me to appreciate everyone and all the small moments we share. Sometimes I go through cycles where I spend too much of my life behind the camera (and computer) and I need to come back to living, but usually it helps me to be more present.
While doing this, I’ve also noticed a desire to get more creative with my business portraiture as well – which has been fun.
It was definitely a great experience and stretching those muscles was very needed. Thanks for tuning in! My family and I have a surprise brewing so keep an eye out!
A big black truck pulls up into the park and out hops a momma and her two kids – Kari, Shelby, and Jacob. Jacob cautiously approaches the rest of us with a coy slight smile that tells me he’s interested but we’re going to have to work for it!
And work for it, we did! While I was photographing sweet Shelby, Erin (my business partner, laugh specialist, child herder, marketing guru, sister, pack mule extraordinaire) was scheming with Jacob behind a tree..
With Kari and Shelby lying down, Jacob would run from behind the tree and jump on (body-slam) them. Just like his favorite wrestlers do! By the end we got lots of really fun images, and mom and sister were only a little sore. 😉
Kari said her face hurt from all of the laughing and that she was so glad to get some high-end images of her family. I hear about it all too often, how Mom is never in any of the pictures! We got some really sweet moments captured, that really showcases the kindness that Kari has for her “babies.”
A photograph a day in March has been a success so far! Here is week two!
Being one of six kids, I love photographing big families! So when Kristin told me that she was looking for a family portrait with her husband and six kids, I immediately got excited!
After filling up half of the parking lot with all of our vehicles and lots of hand shaking, I was struck by the pleasant, gentle demeanor of everybody in this family!
In between playful joking and soft giggles you could since a very deep closeness between them. They all naturally formed in close clusters with their arms hugging around each other, even if it was to see who was taller! The process was very peaceful and sweet.
Their grandparents were the troublemakers of the group! 😉 Encouraging them to climb bridges and trees, with Kristin and Joe looking on with warm smiles. Grandma was definitely an instigator, and it made for some interesting photographs!
We had a great time, and they made my job so pleasant and fun. Can’t wait to watch this family grow!
Kristin is a Christian romance author. Check out her work here: http://kristinnoelfischer.com/
These images hit close to home because in them are my niece and nephew (and their parents, of course)! I’m so grateful that we captured their little lives and expressions from this very specific time period. Shortly after this session Gage started walking (he could waddle a few steps at this point) and Sadie had a big growth spurt. They change so fast!
We started this session out with some posed portraits which Gage obliged but was not loving. We got what we needed from that and then just played around after that. Lots of spinning, tickling, and laughing – those images turned out to be my favorites. Love these monsters!
This photo session was really fun for me, because these are my neighbors. Carla and Jed, owners of Riata Builders, were my first non-family friends in Georgetown. They built my 2 sisters’ homes and are currently working with me to build my home. They’ve been so kind and welcoming to the whole family and have been extremely patient with me as I go back and forth with my floorplans!
This family portrait takes place on their land with their 3 sons and 2 new daughters-in-law, right where they are planning to build their own home. I think it’s so cool that they can display a print in their home that was taken in that exact same spot before the house was even built. We’ll have to do a “before and after comparison” for grins.
It was lots of fun goofing off with everybody, but the highlight of that day for me was at the end of the session. I pulled them aside, played a George Strait song, and asked them to dance with each other. The look they gave me was priceless, but they were game and it was a really sweet moment. I’ve seen them dance together before, and their love for each other really shines through, I knew that I needed to capture those looks.
I can’t wait to continue working with them, and building our friendship. Hopefully one day we’ll get some images of their future grandkids playing in those same trees.
What started off as a typical wild mini session, turned out to be the start of a beautiful friendship. Linda is my sister’s minister and good friend. She’d been waiting for her youngest grandson to turn two to have the four brothers’ portraits made, and I was privileged enough to be the photographer!
These boys displayed such compassion and love for each other! When they first arrived, Nico, the youngest, was nervous about being photographed (the first time that’s ever happened ;)). The older three were so sweet and patient with him. The comfort they gave him really warmed my heart – there’s nothing like a sibling’s love. Also, a special shout out to Erin, my assistant on the shoot, who “beat me up” with a stuffed bear, causing some of these great laughs.
What topped the kindness that these boys had for each other, was the kindness I experienced at their grandparents’ house. Linda, Angela (one of Linda’s daughters), and I talked for hours. The time flew away! There was a spiritual connection between us, and I’m not just using that word because she is a minister. I know that this has started a long lasting friendship, and I can’t wait to see it grow.
I love my job and all the beautiful places that it takes me! Thanks Linda and family!