When I started doing photos for this family there were only two girls. Magically a third one appeared (you can ask your Mommy and Daddy how that happens) and my job got harder! These girls are the sweetest things. They are active little ladies for sure. Always jumping and running around. Before we started I was thinking of all the things I could do to make them all sit and actually look at me at the same moment. Obviously time goes by and the girls were bigger than last year (duh). Maybe they are more mature, maybe the stars were aligned for perfect photos. Whatever it was the girls were amazing! We got lots of great photos. Everyone looked at the camera… Mission accomplished!
It isn’t very often that you walk in a house for your portrait session and get a hug from one of your subjects. This is actually the first time it’s happened and I will tell you it was a nice way to start! After Alyssa gave me my hug she told me all about her grandparents, asked me about my cameras, showed me her room and wanted to know what kind of stuff I had at my house. I’m going to guess that Alyssa doesn’t have much trouble making new friends. We were buds after a couple of minutes. Her new sister, Elena, was much less talkative but just as adorable. She was only a week and a half old when we took these photos. So precious!
While Mommy nursed little Elena to get her all happy and content for photos I went outside to take some pictures of her big sister.
Yeah, we didn’t have fun or anything…
The elusive toddler and newborn picture is usually really hard, but Alyssa made this the easiest one yet. She did such a great job!
This photo makes me laugh so much! There is so much personality. I’ve been trying to imagine what the girls will say in 20 years when they look at this picture.
Some girls need a little more glitz than others. Ava and Vanessa certainly fall into this category! These girls were born with a glittery, blinged out spoon in their mouth. When I purchased this backdrop these girls were actually the first people that I thought of. Mom certainly approved and the photo session was booked! Someone had a first birthday coming up so the timing was perfect. As always Lauren from Cake-tique did an amazing job with our cupcake for the smash. Ava was a little jealous that her sister got to eat/destroy all that delicousness. Don’t worry. She did get a taste! (and ps she actually doesn’t even like cake!)
I have two children. The plan has always been to have two and only two, one boy and one girl. Luckily the plan worked, but sometimes I have moments when I am going to miss not having another baby. This is where all your babies come in! I just love being around your babies! During a portrait shoot you are probably a little annoyed that the little bugger has been smiling at everything all morning and now that the camera is in front of them they decided to be “so serious”. Meanwhile I’m so happy just hear them make funny noises or watch them marvel at a piece of grass or maybe a rock. Being around your babies helps me get past those feelings about missing out on having another one. It takes the edge off, so to speak.
So thank you, Babies of 2011, for giving me my baby fix and just for being so darn cute! Tomorrow it’s that dirty word that starts with a T – Toddlers AKA 2 year olds!!
Although I’ve been doing wedding photography for coming up on 9 years this portrait “branch” of my business only started in October 2010. I will give you some background… In September of 2009 I sent out an email to my closest friends and family explaining that I wanted to do a family portrait day. I told them I would be in Roger Williams park for a certain amount of time and that they could pick a time to come for… say 20 minutes or so to get a nice portrait of the family. Did I mention that I was offering to do this for free? Photos are so important to me so I wanted to make sure that the people closest to me had some nice ones of their loved ones. Only one person did it (thanks, Marisa!). Then in September of last year I thought “I’m going to try to do a family portrait day again, but this time I will post it on Facebook and actually charge money.” My husband said when I came up with the idea he thought “It’s going to be so sad if no one does it again”. My family portrait day turned into three days, I booked 20 people, and 99% of those people have been repeat customers or referred future clients to me. I would say my business started there.
In the past year I’ve met so many great people and made new friends. I never would have dreamed year ago that I’d have a web site, a studio, and so many wonderful clients. 2012 is going to be a really exciting year for me. I can’t wait to start on the plans that I have. Before all that happens I thought we should take a stroll down memory lane and leave 2011 with a bang! Here are some of my favorite family portraits that I’ve taken over the past year, definitely not all of them but a nice mix. Enjoy the family love! Next up will be newborns…