I first met this family when I put out a model call for my promotional video.
Erin responded and sent me a picture of herself and she could not have been more perfect as my maternity model, she is so gorgeous and so easy to photograph. She really is comfortable in front of the camera and her and Andy together are perfection. I was so happy when she continued on with me for Reegan's newborn session. When Erin asked if we could capture some family pictures as well during Reegan's one year session, of course I was on board! We started in studio and about two shots into the session Reegan became really afraid of the studio lights and I will never ever push a child past their comfort zone, we had planned on the family portion outdoors so we just left right away for that.
I have quit doing family sessions throughout the year to focus on my newborn, maternity, and child clients because it really is tough to keep up with too much. I am not going to lie, family sessions can be hard. Sometimes dad just doesn't want to be there, sometimes your two year old doesn't want to be there, doesn't want to look at the camera, and keeping everyone happy and content can be a bit tough. In the end the parents often think their children are the worst behaved and as they grow frustrated the children grow even more frustrated. I have always admired family photographers because it truly is a skill. This year I have decided to not focus on the posed shots as much, to focus more on connections, details, relationships, and the special bond that families have and wow has it been a game changer! What I have found is that everyone has so more fun and the relationships do unfold a lot easier and naturally when I can give direction and then capture those connections. It has renewed my desire to photograph families. I will still photograph them on a limited basis and always for my newborn clients within that first year. I love this entire session and have to say it is probably my favorite to date. Here are some of my favorites from their session.