I met Josh and Tiffany when a friend of mine referred them to me for their engagement photos. I am so glad she did because look at the intense love and admiration that was
captured! Most couples I photograph are shy or awkward in front of the camera, but it didn't take long for Josh and Tiffany to warm up. Catching candid moments like these ones
you're about to scroll down to see, are what makes my sessions so successful and fun! We had a blast being awkward, silly and true. Typically men aren't huge fans of being
photographed, but Josh was a trooper and I was able to witness and document true love in true moments. True love doesn't come to you, ture love comes from inside of you.
It certainly came from inside of them both! True love lasts and has no ending. Peace!
I always get excited, nervous and anxious before any photography session especially when you don't know if the weather is going to cooperate. A huge storm rolled in right before this maternity session. We planned on the Salt River and when I hopped in my car to go scout a new area out there, I saw really dark clouds coming from the NE where I was headed. I was torn between chancing it or finding a back up plan. My client really wanted water for her baby bump photos. After driving around for an hour and four phone calls with four different location changes, I decided we should shoot in the East Valley, Gilbert, AZ. They were coming from Scottsdale, AZ and the radar showed the storm was heading out my way so it made more sense to have them jam out near Chandler, AZ and try to beat the storm. She just had her hair and makeup done so the shoot had to go own. Plus her sister flew in from Georgia. As I brainstormed places and racked my brain about where there is water she could actually get into, it dawned on me. I took her to one of my favorite spots here in the East Valley. duh! It's no secret that I am a sucker for back lighting and sunflares so when the weather said partly cloudy I was jazzed. That's perfect photography lighting in my opinion. When the storm rolled in my ideas of sunflares and backlighting began to fizzle and I have to admit her sister and I were getting sad. BUT guess what?? We had the most amazing maternity session! Kasey rocked this session and the weather was perfect! For me, there is nothing better than to watch my beautiful clients be themselves while I capture pure oragnic and REAL candid moments like these. Winnig! Thank you Kasey and Krissy! and Thank you Jesus for always making things workout.
To view more lovely images of this beautiful belly click here.
Family photos are often put off for many different reasons like crazy schedules, picking outfits, wondering if the kids will smile, and getting the husband on board (you're not alone with that one.)
Have no fear! I'm going to give you 3 ways to take the PERFECT family pictures...with your not so perfect family!
The first step in having perfect family pictures is to let go of the idea of “the perfect family picture”. It’s not real and your family is. Instead, learn to celebrate the imperfections because it represents the season of life that your family is currently in. I can remember all the times I have captured memories for my brother, I nick named him Ericka, and my adorable niece and nephew. Every single time we have a session she cries ( she may take after someone not mentioned in the photo :) .) So after lots of bribing, yes I am not beneath bribing, and a few beers, b/c that's what we need to stay calm as parents, we got some really memorable photos. Even the ones where she is crying are so cute! And did I mention the wind was blowing. Her hair is not perfect but nevertheless it is still cute as can be. Especially b/c my brother did it. He also had an outfit picked out but she refused to wear it and wanted to wear what she wanted to wear.
So whether you’ve got a 13 year old who believes they’re allergic to smiles or a 2 year old who is determined embody the very meaning of “Terrible Twos”. Celebrate your season because, when you look back, you’ll realize that those seasons change so quickly and they grow so fast!
2: Celebrate What You Love:
When you think of a place that makes your entire family happy, full of smiles and sunshine, puppies and hugs, where do you think of? Where does your family MOST feel like a family?
Wherever you’ve just imagined is where you should, if at all possible, plan to take your pictures. The chances of getting everyone on the same smily, happy, page at once increases exponentially when you’re surrounded by a place full of happy memories. If that’s the bowling alley, so what! Awesome! If that’s the park, perfect! If that’s the climbing gym or your favorite ice cream shop, or the zoo! If it feels like your family than THAT’S what makes it perfect!
Themed family pictures can be super fun and, if the kids will play along then by all means, run with it! But if you’re getting some pushback about the farmhouse gingham shirts that you want everyone to wear, don’t stress over it! Instead, just choose a color scheme and then allow everyone to pick out an outfit that represents them within those parameters. Trust me, in 10 years, when you go back and look at these pictures, there will be so much more of an emotional connection when you can say “Oh my goodness, do you remember when Jenny was 6 and she wore that same dress every day for 2 months? I’d have to tiptoe into her room and steal it at night just so I could wash it!” or your husband, Bob, will say “why didn’t anyone tell me I looked like an Ooma Loompa in that orange top??” To which the kids will reply “we did dad, you just didn’t listen!”. So play with your style, have fun and let everyone’s personality shine though.
At the end of the day, look what we captured. :) It's all about those seasons with a little messy hair (don't care), tantrums, clothes of their choice, and images that last forever (so back them up in 3 places and print print print, but that is for another blog.)
Peace and Plenty of Pineapples,