This was one of my favorite sessions from this past spring (yes I'm that far behind on my blog lol). My work tends to have a pretty cohesive look to it, regardless of session type, however I love the unique feel each family brings to their own session. Some families are easy to pose and get smiling, and some love the more natural, unposed look, which is why I try to offer a mixture of both in my sessions. Yet sometimes, when I have a family show up dressed SO BEAUTIFULLY, and SO impeccably, it inspires me in a whole new way. I love it. This family was one of those. When I saw their outfits, my heart almost leapt out of chest with excitement. It was May, and although pretty mild this year, it was still getting pretty hot outside, so I gotta give it to dad here for dressing to the nines in the heat - he was a huge trooper, as were all their sweet girls! I digress though. When I saw them, I was so excited, and when that sun began to get nice and golden, I was inspired to create some beautiful heirloom quality fine art portraits for this family.
I've found that the best way to describe a family photography session with me is kind of like controlled chaos. We get some smiles, we play some games, everyone runs around, kids are supposed to be silly, and hopefully we enjoy lots of laughter as well. It might look crazy - I'm sure many of you often walk away thinking "oh my gosh there's no way on EARTH she got anything usable what are we going to do?!?" however, that can't be farther from the truth. Family photography is FUN. I LIVE for the chaos. And, as long as I get ONE good picture of each kid in whatever setting we're in, that's usually about all it takes to make magic happen in post (IF I even wind up needing to do that). In fact, one of the images below is a composite of 4 different photos, and I guarantee you can't tell which one it is. Also, I'm going to let everyone in on a secret: head swaps are often done in my post processing, and I deem them an essential part of my touchup process, because I love delivering the best possible photo I can for my clients. It's especially vital when shooting twins or other small-age-gap siblings, because it's so rare that everyone is look all at the same time (and that's OK)!
Anyway, check out this beautiful family below! The youngest, sweet Maggie, was SO full of life! Such cuties.