I photographed Emily's (Mom) birthday party in July. So I had previously met this family, and had the privilege of coming back out to do formal family photos as well.
When I arrived at their home, Mom was still getting ready. When Dad (Jason) went inside to let Mom know that I was there - it gave me a chance to bond with the kids. They had seen me at the birthday party, but there was a lot of people there that evening, so I needed a chance to get them comfortable with me quickly. So, we played a little bit of soccer, and I was immediately taken with how brother allowed sister to have turns to kick the ball too. Not only did he allow her to play, but he instructed her to take a turn. (Be still my heart!!) They completely beat me - of course, this is a way to gain quick rapport with little kids - put in the effort, but let them win.
Once Mom came down, and we were formally doing introductions, I asked for their ages. Nathan is 6 and Abby is 4 - but she very quickly clarified that she's 4 1/2!!
These two kids are SO creative!! They kept up with me (I'm a giant kid at heart) and didn't miss a beat. I have techniques for working with kids... ways to get them to naturally smile - and they played right along with me.
And check out their swagger! So authentic and natural to work with!!
If you are interested in having a family portrait session, here's a few things to know: I travel to your home or we can find a location that works with your personality. I take my time to work with your kids to get those authentic smiles. We play games, I give them a lot of breaks - I let them be in charge at times. I'm constantly taking photos, so that the kids are used to the camera, but we'll only keep the really really good ones. (Also, I don't put your kids names in my blogs... I'm pretty protective about their identity).
So if you're ready to stop bribing your kids to smile for real - contact me! And I'll take it from there.
Emily was gearing up to turn 40, so her husband Jason decided to take matters into his hands and hired Erin McMichael from Fantastic Event Direction (FED) to help him celebrate his wife's "Fantastic" birthday! He didn't want her to feel like she needed to do anything except for enjoy herself.
Take a moment to read the Hawaiian Rules, it's good advice for all:
Guests start arriving and they are ready for a luau!
Yard games include a giant Jenga set. And the kids are dominating!
Kayla and _____ show up to give Hula lessons (and then later be our fire spinners!)
As night begins to fall, it's time to prep for the fire spinning entertainment!
So what happens when you have girls that play with fire combined with an outdoor fireplace sitting next to the ledge of a pool???? (Did you think you'd ever hear such a question? Nope, me neither)
Well, they decide to do Yoga, of course!!
And then Jason and a friend decide that they can do that too... LOL!!
(I was not expecting this so I didn't get the flames in the photo).
What a wonderful birthday celebration!! Every big birthday should have an Erin (pictured below on the far right) directing it!
First of all, how adorable is the name Maeve?!!? Such a cute Irish name!! Second, I love love love when my wedding clients come back to me for their babies!! I have such awesome relationships with my wedding clients that I'm thrilled that I get see them again; and then I get to hold and photograph the most precious new little human in their lives. It's the best gift that my clients give me.
A girl with a camera, trying to be creative out loud. I keep my clients as friends; believe in endless possibilities. and have decided that 2018 is a year to spread my wings.