I love this family so much. *I feel like I write that every time… it’s true.* They value photography and getting sessions of their growing family to document just how fast this journey goes. They come dressed to impress, Abbey has great ideas for styling the shoot itself, and they persevere with happy hearts when the session is hitting it’s expiration point (one word: toddlers). I feel like we were just doing this little guy’s newborn session, and yet here we are with the 1 year session.
What. That birth I shot? She’s 6 months old now. She’s as sweet as can be, smiles at anything that moves, but is growing up WAY TOO FAST. And that’s a problem. I couldn’t slow down time for my own kids, but I was hoping someone would figure it out. Apparently not.
You know what makes my job easier? A really smiley baby and a toddler motivated by a trip to the donut store.
Oh, and the client being family. I’m the aunt, so I don’t have to be stressed about this session (like I am when photographing my own kids), but I’m the aunt so there’s familiarity and comfort to open up for the session. Win win!
First thing you should know about this family is they’re friends, so keep that in mind as you read on….
- I just want y’all to know Amber Rose is a loyal and kind friend and client. But she doesn’t like paying for photography. I say that to let you know, you’re not alone. She values it but doesn’t like to allocate money for it. She also one time made a comment about tipping people you hire, at which point I told her she had never tipped me (tipping IS NOT a thing in photography, by the way). Now we have a running joke that she owes me hundreds in back tips.
- This was also their oldest son’s senior picture session. We met this family when he was 7. Younger than my oldest son now. I can’t even handle that Samuel graduates this year. My mind can’t comprehend how fast that went for them, and what that means for ME. It’s mostly about me. How fast this whole thing is about to go for my own children. It’s terrible.
- Families like this, that are large and full of personality, can be challenging but also produce great images. Challenging because someone is always looking away or looking grumpy or teasing a sibling or over it. But worth it because when the timing is just right, all that personality shines through and it’s a great shot of their family being themselves.
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I’ve got to take a quick break from catching up to catch up with this session.
I did my cousin’s maternity session last year, and some of those images are my favorite of all time. They’re just stunning.
So this Christmas we went back to the same setting to do her son’s 1 year pictures. Turns out the lighting and people are just as gorgeous this go round.
The field belongs to another cousin and his wife, and if it were my land I’d be shooting out there all day!
I’m going to recap the images from 2016 before y’all get to see what 1 year can do!
My sister helps me shoot this session and she is invaluable. If you have a baby that won’t smile, hire me… and hire my sister too. She will totally sell out to get a laugh. Love you, Sarah!
I could do lifestyle sessions with this family all day. They have amazing style, lots of personality, they’re up for anything, and they always make me the best cup of coffee to get started. The caffeine comes in handy chasing around their big guy. 😉 Since his newborn session, M has provided me with some of my best images…. but take a look at these images, because I think his sister is coming in hot.
October is a huge month for me. It’s always so busy with folks getting their family pictures done before the holiday craziness.
I love seeing the same faces year after year, watching kiddos get big, families change. It’s truly a wonderful time of year for me, even if it is busy.
I’ll try and get a good sample of these families I love!