Photographing friends is fun, but also adds a little bit of pressure. This family is so cute though that I knew I’d nail the pics! How adorable is the little boy?! I can’t get over his sweet smile. He was probably one of the most cooperative 3 year olds that I’ve ever worked with! Thanks again Annie for allowing me to capture these moments for your family!
If you follow me on Facebook or here on my website, you will know that I offer a variety of mini sessions throughout the year. Living in west Michigan, what we refer to as “The Big Lake,” (Lake Michigan) is only about 45 minutes away and is absolutely stunning. These sessions always fill very quickly for me. This was my first session from last weekend. I knew this little guy would give me a run for my money, but the pics turned out great and I already received a thank you from the mother saying she loved them! It is always a great feeling for me to hear wonderful feedback.
Have you ever had an extended family session, with all the cousins and grandma and grandpa? If not, you should! I suggest them every 2-4 years or as new babies are added to the family. These are important photos not only for the grandparents, but for the grandchildren to cherish as they get older. I ended this session by thanking the mom who scheduled it. I said, “Hey, thanks for keeping my card since I haven’t seen you in about 2 years.” She said, “Oh, everyone knows you anyway, don’t worry.” That was very flattering to know that people around town know me for my work! Thanks for the compliment Jill!
This family always has interesting props for our sessions. In the winter we did snowmobiles and I knew they’d have something else planned again. It is great because it makes for natural and fun (unforced) photos!
After about two minutes into the session I suggested that they sit in the grass. A couple of the kids groaned and said, “NO!” I then said, “Okay, let’s do something else.” and we moved on. The mother turned to me and said, “You are much better than our other photographer!” I was surprised and said, “Why?” She said, “Because you didn’t make them do what you wanted.” Well, starting a session fighting with kids is never a great idea. Then, towards the end of the session, the oldest child said, “I bet these pictures are going to turn out really nice!” It was so cute hearing it from a kid and especially from a boy! It was a heart warming session with this adorable and sweet family!
I struggled with which photos to post from this session because they were all so adorable. The little girl was experiencing sand for the first time and loving it. I honestly was quite shocked! Two of the four children were soaking wet by the end of the session after falling completely in. Check my Facebook page for more shots from each of the sessions http://www.facebook.com/picsphotography.
There is nothing better than a natural photo that was captured with siblings interacting and playing with one another. These two were just that. The little brother was so taken with every move his big sister made. It was so fun to watch his laughter and excitement. They were an absolutely adorable pair!
Extended family sessions are always a little nerve racking, not because I don’t know what I’m doing, but because I know we may not have an option of rescheduling. I had two set up back to back and the weather forecast was predicting rain. With family members flying in from all over the country, I knew these sessions were make or break with the weather and the timing. Fortunately, the weather report wasn’t right (I know, surprise) and I had a great day for both sessions. The grandpa said this to me, “You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to have this done!” That is a heart warming moment when I hear things like that and make me thankful for the job and clients that I have.
This older boy was enjoying his adventure at the park. He was running (away), climbing, finding sticks, and exploring everything he could. In other words, I had to catch him in the act of cuteness. Doesn’t he have outstanding blue eyes! His 9 month old little brother was pretty cute and full of smiles; what a cute pair.