One of the most important things I like to get a sense of prior to picking up my camera for a session is how my clients plan to display or share their images. For some, it’s a custom-designed heirloom album, for others, it’s the continuation of a framed display up the stairway or several large canvases above the fireplace. The more information I have prior to shooting, the better I can deliver on that vision and create images (through a variety of Houston and Kansas City locations, lighting, outfit colors, expressions, compositions and editing) that tell a story and would look best on display in those final places. It also helps with the flow of our session. For example, if that perfect family grouping is a priority, that’s where I begin shooting. If individual shots of the kids are more of a priority, the completed gallery will be more heavily-weighted in that direction. Modern or vintage, casual or eclectic, bold colors or classic black and whites … all of these factors can play a role in the final product. This process, from start to finish is about the design of beautiful artwork that takes you right back to that moment in time, complements your surroundings and can be passed down through the generations.
With that in mind, it’s a gift to get to know clients and their children through the years. There’s a high level of trust and comfort knowing their personalities and sense of style, and being able to build on that with each session.
Such is the case with this wonderful family. When we ended our late fall session, mom hugged me and said, “We appreciate you.” Truly the highest compliment and, I promise you, nowhere near the feeling of appreciation I have for them. I’m pretty sure my heart was bursting as I drove off.
This latest series of images will very likely be the centerpiece of a new display up their stairway, similar to the mockup at bottom that I designed using a simple phone shot taken of their staircase. The sizes are all to scale which is perfect for offering my clients a measurable way to visualize how a set of images/sizes/frame styles might look in a specific location in their home.
Enjoy some of my favorites from their session. This first image was actually the very last shot of our session – the ground was damp that morning, so I saved all of the “lying on backs on a blanket” shots for the end just in case we got wet. It is my personal favorite from the entire shoot.
To see more examples of Houston and Kansas City family photography sessions, visit my Signature Family Session portfolio gallery.
And a sample wall display below:
Give me a blank canvas and we’ll create something magical, whimsical, colorful. Something full of light and personality .. laughter and motion. A Houston- or Kansas City-based Tween photography session that showcases your big kid and their unique style.
I’ve been photographing this beautiful girl every year for the past four years. And each year, I look forward to planning her session (we usually start with an amazing outfit and everything else falls into place based on colors and style). I can’t wait to see how she’s grown and hear all about her latest “loves” and activities. In my head, the creative challenge is changing things up so that each year is unique in its own way with regard to session styling. But the progression of years – these “in between” years in particular – has a much bigger significance than simply outfits, locations and colors. For her family, we’re capturing the milestone changes, big and small. For example, this was our first session together in what is still one of my all-time favorite sunflower sessions. And here are some favorites from her session in 2013 (that I sadly never got around to blogging – chalk it up to selling a house and buying a house around the same time!)
Which brings me to this year’s wildly colorful fall session and how I love photographing the older “kids” just as much as the tiniest of newborns. Whether it’s gorgeous maternity photography or beautiful, sleepy newborn images or those first toothless holidays, we often make professional photography more of a priority during the first six years of our children’s lives, then something happens. Maybe the chaos of life intervenes, maybe annual school pictures are “good enough,” or maybe the misperceived awkwardness of the preteen years overwhelms us with its hallmark events: braces, ever-evolving personal style (which may be very different from our own or the cute hats and bows from early childhood) and that not-quite-a-child-not-quite-a-young adult gangliness. I’m not entirely certain why, but there’s often a huge gap between the professional photographs we commission those first six years and the ones we commission for our high school seniors.
I encourage everyone with boys and girls in the grade school/middle school years to celebrate these years with custom photography sessions, if not annually, then at least every few years. You’d be surprised how into it your child will be and how special it makes them feel to have their own styled session. For clothing inspiration, you can look to several sites, including:
Tween Girl Fashion on Pinterest
Tween Boy Fashion on Pinterest
Tween Girl Style Magazine
And some more of my favorites from her fall 2014 session:
Get ready. The blog is about to blow up with fall family sessions. And it starts right now with one of the first families we met upon moving to Pearland, TX this summer. Mom was a connection through one of my most favorite Kansas City client-friends and we hit it off immediately. She is simply one of the kindest people I’ve ever met with a laid-back style and a heart that is clearly full of grace in every measure of the word.
Once she had determined outfits for her family photography session, I hit the ground location scouting on the hunt for the perfect spot. And I believe we nailed it. Like this recent Galveston pier session, once again, the Greater Houston area did not disappoint in terms of location possibilities. This time, we had a really fun play out in the country with soft light, big trees, tall grasses and so many things shabby and vintage, like the old rope swings, hanging mason jars and vined trellises.
Center of it all, of course, was her beautiful family. Enjoy this big selection of my favorites from their Brazoria country session:
One of the biggest perks of moving to Houston – Pearland on Houston’s SE side more specifically – is our proximity to the beaches and boardwalks of the Gulf Coast. We are a short drive to the Kemah Boardwalk, as well as Galveston Island. To native Houstonians, these might not have the allure of The Caribbean with its pristine white beaches and sky blue waters, but when you’ve grown up fairly landlocked (much love to the Midwest), being able to drive 40 minutes to sandy spaces where the water meets the horizon as far as your eyes can see is a beautiful thing.
As a photographer, the possibilities are seemingly limitless … historic fishery buildings, big ships, old lighthouses, working docks, seagulls, weather worn piers, beachside carnivals and the diversity of local island life. Basically everything I look for in an ambient location: colors, textures and amazing light.
So upon discussing our session vision and outfit colors, it was no question to me where I would photograph this gorgeous family, especially when I found out Dad’s occupation is on a boat. In serendipitous form, we could not have planned the moment where his boat actually sailed by while we were taking the shot below of the entire family in sunglasses (see the red boat in the background on the right?) How cool is that?!?!
Galveston Island was the perfect backdrop to capture the charm and personality of these four. Here is a big selection of my favorites from their session:
If you would like your own Galveston photography session (or elsewhere in the Houston area), contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-732-3535. I am booking for January 2015 and onward.
Until next time!