I'm catching up on a bit of homework for Brooke Snow's class. Our week 2 assignment was on posing, and I loved the information Brooke shared. Posing is something I'm not always comfortable with. I have memories of school photos and Olin Mills - "tilt your head slightly" "chin down" "rest your chin on your hand" - that aren't so positive, and I care about showing the relationships between the people in the photos, not how they are posed. Brooke is awesome at teaching how to accomplish a flattering photo and one that focuses on relationships. She also suggests finding inspiration for poses in magazines, catalogs and other photography blogs. I asked my friend A. to help me with this shoot, and since it was just her, I was relying on the posing knowledge from Brooke's class, as well as pose inspiration from AMAZING senior portrait/fashion photographer Michelle Moore. Here are my three favorites from A.'s short (and freezing!) session:
I know there is a blog series that a lot of bloggers join in on called "Wordless Wednesday" where they just post pictures and let them do the talking, but I really like words. Instead, I was going to call this post "Almost Wordless Wednesday," but that wasn't catchy at all. So, I gave up. Enjoy our Valentine's Day fun. In photos. Courtesy of my iPhone. The letter bag with treats and a card inside -
Grandpa Toad's cookies waiting for the kids -
He's a fan of Valentine's Day. Couldn't stop talking about how awesome it is all day.
She's not totally sure about it yet.
Writing classmates' names on the valentines -
If she understood the goodness she had in front of her, she would not be making that face. (she subsequently destroyed the entire cookie when my back was turned helping G-Man with something)
We built a Valentine's Day fort. Which is no different than an ordinary fort - you just build it on Valentine's Day.
And we finished the day with a gourmet dinner at Sonic after delivering valentines to some of G-Man's friends.
It was a good day, but we sure missed Diggity. We love you!
The birthday onesie part started out really well:
And then, we added the hat.
It went downhill pretty quickly.
(I apologize for posting these if you don't like looking at crying, angry babies. I LOVE crying shots. In fact, unless clients tell me not to, I'll always take crying shots during a session if the opportunity comes up.) I only tortured her for a couple minutes with the hat.
But come on. Look at that awesome crying face. I totally had to.
The grand finale cake smash coming up!
I spent some time planning out this shoot, so I'm going to take my time posting the results. I knew that as part of L's one year old photo shoot, I wanted to do a cake smash. She's becoming quite the sweet lover, and she did well on her celebratory cupcake, so I was excited to see what she would do with a cake. Luckily, I remembered a shoot that Katie Moss did, which had a cake that I LOVED, and even more luckily, my awesome friend Jo Ann was able to replicate it for me.
Even the ombre frosting, which I didn't think I gave her enough time for, but she totally did it anyway.
The overall message here - if you need an awesome cake for a photo shoot or any event, you need to get in touch with Jo Ann.
The oldest, looking handsome:
The middle, cracking me up - this may be the most hilarious picture I've ever captured of him:
Hilarious, because he usually looks like this:
And then, there's the youngest. She is just awesome.
I've posted some more favorites below. I can't wait to see them again next month - especially since they've added a new little baby to their family!
I had the opportunity when I was in Utah at the beginning of the month to attend a workshop by the fabulous Kate Moss and Skye Johansen. I have followed their work for a long time, but now that I have space in my home for a studio, I wanted to get more training and information on studio shooting with kids and newborns in particular.
The workshop was so great. Just to be with such creative, vivacious people was such a treat for the day. I came away with my head chock full of ideas, and it's been fun to start transforming my studio now that I'm home. I do love my white seamless, but I'm excited to add some different backgrounds and looks to the studio. (It's coming along! I'll post some pictures as I get things finished.)
As participants, we were shooting almost the entire day. I've been to workshops in the past where there is a lot of listening to lectures, and then you get a chance to shoot, but it was fun to have the chance to practice all day and adjust as we went along. I was able to capture some really great shots throughout the day and wanted to share a few in the gallery below.
I always try to photograph my sister's family when I visit Utah. When I was there in June, we had a new little nephew to add to the photo shoot. And I took a few of my kids just for fun. *BEWARE* LOTS of pictures ahead...
My cute little nephew -
I can't believe that L. has changed that much in a couple of months. *sigh*
It helps when you are taking pictures of adorable kids.
And their equally good looking parents!
Love this one! Enjoy the rest!
My very last shoot of the Massachusetts trip was with the Menzie family. Their son W. has been G-Man's BFF practically since birth, and we always love spending time with them. We met up on a beautiful morning at Dean Park in Shrewsbury and I was thrilled to capture some of the gorgeous fall colors that surround the pond.
Did I mention that the Menzies are a lot of fun?
I love these next two - I was trying to get a good picture of little W., so I brought T. in to help pose with him, and we ended up with these two shots:
The best part is that after those pictures, everyone wanted their picture taken with W.
I was also excited that we got some fun pictures of the kids with their dad. We got some wonderful photos of the kids with mom at their shoot last summer, so it was definitely dad's turn:
Earlier this summer, the Menzies attempted a jumping photo at the beach. It was a pretty good attempt, but I thought I could try to capture one for them near the end of the shoot.
Sadly, due to the difficulty of getting seven people to jump at the same time, this is the best we were able to do:
Rebecca must have been a cheerleader with form like that, right? *grin* Love it.
We gave up on the jumping and went to throwing leaves instead.
Menzies - we miss you guys!
Sometimes, I don't get the shots I plan on. Sometimes, I'm having so much fun getting other fun shots, I miss out on some family combinations that I really want to get.
And sometimes, I get lucky to have another chance with the same family, at a different location, with a mom who is one of the best photo stylists I've ever met, to take some more fun shots of a family!
When L. and I realized that we didn't get some of the shots we had talked about at their first shoot, she quickly set up some fabulous props in their front yard, and we did a quick photo shoot before the girls got on the bus for school. And I love these photos! I love them because I can see the individual relationships between the girls so clearly.
And we had to get a shot of mom and dad, of course!
On a personal note, I am so grateful to the Chipmans for their help while I was in Massachusetts. They were kind enough to welcome me into their home for the first week of my two-week trip. But after I injured my back and ended up in the ER and was unable to walk for 4 days, they really went above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of G-Man and I and making us feel at home and cared for. And insisted on the two of us staying in their home for the full two weeks. That's just the kind of great people they are.
I love to sing and perform. I got started when I was three in a singing group just like this. My friend Dana runs a performing and singing group for girls called Kid's Company in Ashland, MA. Each session and show has a different theme, and she teaches them all the music and choreography in a matter of weeks. It's fantastic.
When I was in Massachusetts, I did some promo photos for her with some of her students. Such adorable girls!
As many of you know, I've been a music teacher for the last 12 years. With this move to Austin, I'm not currently teaching, but focusing on photography and performing instead. So, I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to go back to the last school where I taught to do their school photos. Seeing the kids was just wonderful, and I was able to do some sibling and family photos along with the photos for the yearbook.
Enjoy a few of my favorites from our sessions!
Thanks, families and students! I can't wait to see all of you again in the spring!!
Oh, I love these girls. And I have been so excited about this shoot. It's been in the works for a while, and I'm so glad we had such a beautiful day to take their photos.
The last time I photographed these five, I was practicing for school portraits and just loved some of the shots we came up with. And I was completely thrilled that this year, mom and dad joined in!
Enjoy some of my other favorites from the session!
At the end of September, I had the chance to take a quick trip to Utah to record a CD for an upcoming project, (read my friend Whitney's fantastic and thoughtful blog post on the experience of recording in the studio. I promise to write my own soon...) and while I was there I was able to photograph my sister's family. And while there were still leaves in the canyon! It's so fun to watch the kids change over time. Especially this little cutie:
She's so expressive and fun to watch. And this one is a doll as well:
Here are a few more favorites!!
Whew! Such a busy couple of months! I have a bunch of photo shoots ready to post from our last couple of weeks in Massachusetts and from our return trip last month, but first I wanted to share a shoot from our last trip to Virginia before we moved. We had all the grandkids together and took the opportunity to do a photo shoot.
I may sound biased, but I have the cutest nieces and nephews on the planet.
And this cute little face? Don't get me started...
I love this next series. The kids started jumping up and down and laughing hysterically. I love watching my niece E. sitting down on the left. She started laughing, and then tried starting to jump and wave her arms like the older kids.
I clearly have a lot of favorites, so enjoy!!
I was so excited to spend the evening in Maine with the Steuer family as part of their family reunion. The family gathered from all over the country, and it was such fun watching all the grandkids explore and play together.
And it's always wonderful when you can get a photo of grandparents with all their grandkids!
Thank you, Steuers! Enjoy the rest of my favorites!
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I really loved this photo shoot. The parents were great. The kids were cooperative and awesome. And this dog! The most amazing dog I have ever photographed. It's almost as difficult to get a dog to look at the camera as it is to get a toddler to look at the camera - and I have tons of pictures with the dog looking right at the camera. It was astounding.
Add to all of that my favorite location on a beautiful summer night, and it makes for a really fun shoot. Because the kids are a little older, we walked further into the conservation area than I've ever gone before and were able to find some great new locations. I'd love to hear what you think.
And an extra special thanks to the Edwards family for their patience in waiting for these proofs...with all of the house selling/house hunting nonsense, I'm a little behind on my usual schedule.
I *may* have gotten a little teary-eyed while working on these photos. Let me explain...
The Hutchins are a wonderful family in our ward, and have become good friends over the time that we have lived here. We think they're pretty great. But I'll always be so grateful to Rachael for taking care of G-Man for the first two years I taught school after he was born. She started watching him for me one day a week when G-Man was five months old. Though it was nice to go teach and get myself out of the house that one day each week, it was torture to leave him. The only thing that made it okay was knowing that Rachael was watching him. She's one of the most loving, kind people I know. And looking at these pictures of Rachael with her family reminded me of all of that, and then I started crying thinking about how much we're going to miss living here.
This photo shoot has been many, many months in the making. It was a Christmas gift from G-Man to Rachael a couple of Christmases ago, but we haven't been able to get the shoot done for a variety of reasons. I'm glad we were able to go take these - and at a spot that means a lot to both of us - the Boston LDS Temple.
I'd love to hear in the comments which are your favorites. I had a lot, but I think this one is my very favorite:
And if you know Aaron and know the girls' personalities, I don't have to explain why I love it or why it makes me laugh when I look at it. Enjoy!
Though I was excited to see all the cousins on this trip, I must admit I was most excited to see Michal. Or rather, meet Michal. You see, though I have been reading her awesome blog for years and we're virtual friends on Facebook and Twitter, I'd never had the chance to meet her in person.
Before we started the shoot, we went to Michal's house to take a little break from our drive. While we were there, I got a little jumpstart on the photo sessions with Michal's youngest, Margaret, who was turning one the next day.
I met up with the entire family later for our last cousin shoot of the day, and had a great time with the kids. We got some fun pictures, and captured their personalities as well.
Here are the rest of the favorites! Enjoy!
An update for those still waiting for proofs and orders - we recently listed our house in preparation for our move to Austin, Texas. We've been lucky enough to have several showings, but showings mean I have to vacate the house, and I haven't had my usual work time to complete everything that needs to be finished. Thanks for your patience, and if you have questions on the status of something, please send me an e-mail.
I met up with the Williams family on a Saturday evening a couple weeks ago. We were pretty worried about this shoot being canceled due to rain, and there were a few drops sprinkling down when we started, but we were able to finish and I had a wonderful time spending the evening with them!
They love to laugh and have fun together, and I ended up with a whole bunch of favorites. I'd love to hear which are your favorites!