Quick preview from the fun session I did today with the Z family. You might remember baby Kinsley from some sweet 6 month old photos I did with her this past spring… now she’s got a sibling on the way! Thankful for a business that keeps me in touch with great people like this family!
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If you remember from this post a few weekends go we drove up and back to NYC for a few days. We got to meet up with and were graciously given a place to stay by two of the most hospitable people I know, some friends of ours who live in Brooklyn. It was an amazing experience to see Brooklyn for the first time through the eyes and every day experiences of locals. It’s a vibrant and urban place with the obvious characteristics seeing as it is a borough of NY. But Brooklyn is clearly defined by its commitment to community and local living.
Of course while I was there we had to take the opportunity for a family photo shoot! We spent a half an hour in Fort Greene Park which is about a 5 minute walk from Matt and Shayna’s place. Gorgeous.
I know it’s a little unusual but this shot is my favorite from the session. It’s so NY chic and representational of this gorgeous park and the Brooklyn lifestyle. Plus, I just love that splash of red from the runner’s pants.
Coming back to work on Monday is always difficult. But coming back from an exciting weekend can seem almost painful. We had a crazy trip to one of my favorite places, New York City, this past weekend and actually drove up and back the entire way. Despite only having two days in the city, it was well worth the trip. Visiting friends, dinner in Little Italy, touring the Met, riding the subway, a little shopping and lots of walking were part of our weekend activities.
I even squeezed a mini shoot of our gracious Brooklyn hosts in and I can’t wait to show you the rest of their photos. Here’s a shot to begin with.
The shots below are from one of my absolute favorite parts of NY- China town and Canal street. Most people think I’m crazy but I absolutely love the culture, people, crowds, and chaos that exists in this neighborhood. I took these with my iphone which was my faithful companion the entire two days. I ran the battery dry taking hundreds of street photos. I love NY!
Sometimes it can be challenging to find time to schedule portrait sessions, especially when it comes to larger family sessions. Kids are so busy these days and everyone is involved in so much it’s hard to coordinate schedules. The Moino family and I literally had ONE day in which to fit a family session and I’m so glad we were able to! Although Sally is from western NY and actually attended Houghton College for a year, she and her family reside in Texas- which dubs them my ‘most exotic’ clients as they’ve come from the furthest away! I know Texas doesn’t usually qualify as ‘exotic’ but it sure is different than western NY.
As I mentioned, Sally attended Houghton College before transferring out and during her college days made some fun memories taking hikes around Moss Lake. While they were in town visiting family Sally knew she wanted to fit in a trip to Moss Lake so her kids could see it which sounded like the perfect opportunity and place to meet up for some family portraits.
These are the three gorgeous Moino kids and as soon as I saw them I immediately wanted to capture their blue eyes in my pictures!
All three Moino kids are fun loving, smiley and athletic. It was such fun working with them. Alyssa (above) and Chloe (below) shared a bit about their life in Texas with me and what they remember about visits to western NY.
I know some of their extended family so it was fun to figure out the connections we shared through the small towns of Angelica and Houghton.
After a few rain delays, the J family and I finally got to meet up this afternoon. Although lighting wasn’t ideal at that time, we tried a few different locations and definitely made things work for our shoot! Looking for big spots of shade is key when you’ve got harsh afternoon sun to avoid.
Oh, and the J kids were hilarious and I was able to capture some pretty crazy facial expressions. Although it’s nice to have a few standard family pictures that are organized, spotless, and full-on smiles, my goal in doing portrait shoots is to capture personality. Freezing a phase in time and allowing you to appreciate who you are not just how nice you looked that day.
Looking forward to editing the rest of these for you guys!
My summer in NY is drawing to an end and I’ve had some great opportunities to spend some time with family and friends these past few weeks. I’ve been so thankful for the support I have in this community and I’m really going to miss it. This shoot was incredibly fun and was done a few weeks ago on a sunny evening in Angelica.
I’m not sure why but I was a little intimated at the thought of shooting a family with older kids. Although babies and toddlers can be uncooperative sometimes, they seem less threatening and don’t need to be impressed. Once we started shooting though I realized how fun it is to work with families of all ages!
If you have a family shoot scheduled with me, you can expect lots of variety in the shots we’ll do. I usually offer to take individual portraits of everyone as well as different types of group shots. Receiving a large variety of pieces makes your shoot well worth the cost.
Another thing I love doing with group portraits is mixing up the location. We utilized what we had in the area and included some downtown shots, some shots in a nearby field and then we even went creek walking for a few!
I know today is Memorial Day, not Fathers Day. But since we did this shoot in honor of Fathers Day I figured I might as well post it on a holiday for fun. And June 20th is too far away. A few posts ago I showed you all a sneak peek of this family. The W family lives in WNY and one afternoon we took advantage of the gorgeous May weather. This shoot was specifically to take pictures as a gift to surprise Steph’s husband, Chad for Fathers Day.
Although photo shoots can seem a bit intimidating, I always encourage my clients to interact with one another. You want your pictures to be an expression of who you are and I think including natural shots of people talking, smiling, and joking are good ways to capture that.
It was fun and helpful to have my sister assisting me on this shoot. She was able to interact with Kyle so that we could get some action shots of him. He and his Dad are involved in a lot of sports and share those activities together.
I think these flowers are almost out of season but I’ve definitely made good use of them over the past few weeks. K rocked some great poses while we used the flowers to add some texture and color to these shots.
These pictures turned out so bright, fun, and colorful. After looking through the shots Steph shared with me that she really appreciated the clear and dynamic pieces of a great afternoon of memories with her kids. What else could a photographer ask for?