Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bowen and Berkley: Sneak Preview

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day at Freedom Park.  Bowen (6),  Berkley (2 1/2) and their parents Trish and Dean were wonderful to work (and play) with.  Brother and Sister just adored each other.  Their outfits could not have been cuter.  The light was heavenly.  Doesn't get much better than that!  Here are a few favorites of the ones I've gone through so far.  Click on image to view larger.

Bowen and Berkley: Boo!

I had so much fun with these two yesterday and their parents.  I'm still working on their sneak peek but couldn't wait to post just one.  More to come tonight after I polish off the leftover candy.  Happy Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Old Salem: Sneak Peek #2

As promised, here are a few more from our Old Salem shoot.  I've had such fun editing these images.  Hope you enjoy! (Click on image to see larger.)

Tossing a a little hay in the air at the barn.

Mother and Daughter.


The girls reading "Winnie the Pooh" and "Charlotte's Web" on a beautiful quilt handcrafted by their Great Grandmother.

Three Generations.

Sneakin' in a little romance.

 Little honeybee sharing her flower.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Old Salem: Sneak Peek #1

It was such a pleasure meeting Katie (age 5 1/2)  Maggie (age 3), their parents Kim and Mike, and Grammy Mary.  We spent several hours exploring Old Salem and had lots of fun.  We tried out an old-fashioned water pump.  We peeked in old barns, over fences, and into an authentic old-fashioned outhouse.  We climbed trees.  We even saw a man walking a big goat on a leash.  (Who knew?)  I don't know about the girls, but this photographer was worn out by the end of our adventure. 

Here's sneak peek #1.  I'll have to do a part 2 because there are lots of pictures to go through.  Hope you enjoy!

such sweet girls.

love this one.
and this one too.

Katie demonstrating her posing skills.

Maggie loves her mommy.

happy couple.  proud parents.


 these are some high energy girls!
 Katie and Mom.

This photo quickly turned into a tickle fest.

 Dad and his girls.

Stay tuned for part 2...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Old Salem: Boo!

I have a zillion images to go through from our fun day with Katie and Maggie's family in Old Salem yesterday.  The sneak preview will follow but had to share this one to get y'all in the Halloween spirit.

Are these not the cutest bee and leopard you ever did see?

More to come!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What to Bring

“Props” sounds a little contrived, so let’s just talk about Cool Stuff you may want to bring along that could be a part of the photo shoot.  These items, used tastefully and creatively, can spice up your photos and help reflect your family’s personality and style. 

I usually take at least a few group shots with everyone sitting on the ground.  I have some basic fleece blankets that I always carry, but if you have a favorite picnic blanket or family quilt, it’s nice to have something special to you.

For the kids, how about their favorite book(s) or stuffed animal?  Maybe even a tricycle or little red wagon?  All of these can add a little whimsy to your photographs and it’s neat to look back 20 years from now and say, aw, there’s a great picture of 5 year old Billy with Mr. Whiskers, the walrus that he dragged around with him for 3 years.  Mr. Whiskers may not hold up for two decades, but the photos will.    I should caveat this by saying if you don’t want Mr. Whiskers in 99% of the shots, it may be best to hide him until you’ve had some shots without the furry friend (or lovey or Tonka truck…)  I usually have bubbles and sidewalk chalk with me on a shoot, but if there’s something else along those lines that always gets your kids smiling, bring it along!
 Fun use of "stuff"

They are a part of the family.  And if you have a well-behaved friendly Fido who wants to be part of the family portrait, then consider bringing him along.  I would suggest perhaps also bringing along a helper to hold Fido while he’s not in the shot.  It’s hard to take a serene family photo if you’re having to yell at the dog to stop chasing squirrels.

Food and Drink
By all means, bring along snacks and drinks.  But also remember that chances are they will end up in some photos, so if your little ones use sippy cups, try to bring ones that coordinate with their outfit or at least are solid color (as opposed to a cartoon character.)  You can put treats like goldfish or what have you in plain brown bags or even a little colored gift bag and it would look really cute in a photo.

For the adults, think about your favorite drinks and snacks as well.  Love Coke?  Bring along some old-fashioned bottle cokes for a few photos.  Obsessed with bubble gum?  Blow a few bubbles for the camera.  What’s your favorite fruit?  Bring a basket of apples or limes and we can incorporate them into some shots.

While the main focus of your images will be your beautiful happy faces, don't hesitate to get a little creative with "stuff" and have some fun!