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Archive for February, 2011

if your kids don’t really want to participate in family portraits!
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Seriously, this might be one of my favorite out takes ever! I know it was a bit stressful for her parents at the time, but I hope when she’s all grown up, they’ll look back at this and laugh! If your child doesn’t seem like they want to cooperate, don’t worry about it. Many children start off shy, or even defiant, at a session, but they always come around. Or, sometimes we have the opposite, where they start off great, and then get tired, hungry, cranky, and are just done! It’s all ok. I am laid back and patient, and love kids, so we will work through it! This is really the benefit of on location photography – most of the time, it seems like we’re just playing! Anyway, the best thing you can do is just relax. They feel your stress and react to it. This is supposed to be fun! So, here are a few more tips to help prepare your child for our session and make it as stress free as possible:

-If it takes your child a while to warm up to a new location or new person, arrive a little bit early and walk around and explore. Or if I’m coming to your home, talk about the fact that I’m coming and maybe pick out some special toys they want to show me.

-If your child falls asleep in the car, also plan to arrive a little early, so they have some time to wake up.

-If your child has a special toy or object they’re attached to, it’s ok to let them have it in some of the pictures. If it makes them feel secure, that’s great! Plus, when they’re big and no longer want to play with their special toys or blankies, you’ll treasure having a picture of them with it! And, don’t worry, we’ll get some with out it – I’ll ask if I can borrow it to help me take the photos, or they’ll eventually part with it. (And, really, if all else fails, I’ll Photoshop it out!)

-Just focus on it being fun! When you’re preparing for our session, say that we’re going to play with Miss Kate! Keep in mind a few funny words or tricks that always make them laugh, and interact with them throughout our session. We want to avoid the “cheese” face, so interaction is great! I’ll be interacting with them as well.

-Bring a drink and/or snack – especially if we’re doing a full session in warmer weather! Try to make it as mess-free as possible though!

-Sometimes, especially with older children, they actually do better without you present. Please don’t be offended if I suggest that mom and dad take a little walk, or just stand off to the side a little bit.

-It’s ok to bribe your children 🙂 Definitely feel free to promise them a treat afterwards! Rewards and treats work better than punishment or threats – it’s supposed to be a fun experience!

Here are a few more pictures from this sweet family’s session. Her parents reacted perfectly – told her firmly that her behavior was unacceptable (as seen in the first picture!) and then, moved on and ignored it. We did some shots of mom and dad and of big brother, until Miss L decided to join us and get into it!

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This adorable couple braved a very cold day last Fall for their engagement session. They were such troopers, and just so cute together! I’m so looking forward to their wedding in October!

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Gigi’s Birthday

I’ve been meaning to post forever some pictures from my mom’s birthday last summer! We had such a great visit, and really enjoyed celebrating with everyone! Going to Gigi and Grandad’s feels like vacation – they live on a lake, and in the summer, we’re just outside all the time. So, it was the perfect place for a family birthday celebration!

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(Clearly my mother did not really turn 39! My brother’s idea of a joke I think!)

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With 7 of the 10 grandchildren!

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Mack and Decker on the boat!

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Gigi jumped in the lake with all of her clothes on while the kids were swimming, in response to my brothers saying she was “too old” to do it!

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I know this picture is not so great with the crazy shadows, but Mack is always so excited to get boy time because there are SO many girls in our family! And, my cousin’s boys are super fun, and so cute, too!
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We can’t wait to come back this summer! I already have a waiting list of clients who want sessions in Indy, Cincy and Chicago, so I hope to plan our trip(s) soon!

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I so enjoyed working with Danielle and John last Fall. I think John is one of the most polite, well mannered young men I’ve ever spoken to. Ok, I feel old saying that! But, raising a son, these are things that catch my attention. Seriously, every time I spoke with John on the phone I would hang up just so impressed. They were both so sweet, and just a gorgeous couple, too! Congratulations Danielle and John!

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I have so many adorable clients! This little guy has to be one of the cutest babies I have photographed in the decade I’ve been doing this professionally. Now, that’s saying a lot, because I have seen my fair share of cute babies! But, he is just beyond cute. Seriously, those cheeks, those lips, those chubby little hands and feet, and of course, those big blue eyes…

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This was a very special session because dad had been serving overseas (THANK YOU!!) and this was their first family portrait together. So sweet! And, I really enjoyed shooting at Jordan Lake with all the Fall colors. I hope to have more clients interested in shooting there!

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“Love is not what makes the world go round, it is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Elizabeth Browning

Someone sent me this quote today, and I just love it! As I always say, I feel so blessed that I get to celebrate the love in my clients’ lives – engagements, weddings, babies, families. Thank you so much for letting me capture the moments and people that make your ride worthwhile! Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

Oh, and PS, It’s 70 degrees today!! Time to start thinking about Spring portrait sessions! I promise, some info is coming soon!!

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Still working on sharing some Fall sessions! But, I should have some Spring Specials posted soon, including a Mini Session date, a Mother’s Day Special, a great fundraiser, and a casting call for aspiring little models! Anyway, I love when extended families get together for a portrait session. These two cousins (and the rest of their family) were so much fun to photograph!

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