When I arrived at the house to photograph this beautiful family I was over the moon to see their perfectly selected wardrobe. It captured their fun and laid-back family dynamics, coordinated perfectly together, and made for a terrific family session. I was able to get great shots of the three kids together, alone, and a couple of variations on the family.
Just look at how much fun they were having! I had a hard time not putting my camera down and joining in on the fun!
These types of sessions are my favorite to do, because I feel like I really capture their spirit and family dynamics. And they were all just so DARN CUTE together.
Enjoy! And send them some love on FaceBook too!
In this week’s iHeartFaces editing challenge, we got to play with a gorgeous photo of an adorable little girl.
It seemed a bit flat to me, and the white balance was off too, so I gave it my color spin and bumped everything up a bit. I also cropped it differently, lightened the shadows under her eyes and cloned some more background in on the left side of the photo to keep it within the rule of thirds, visually.
Hope you like it! It was fun to work with.
Here’s the original photo:
And here’s my edited version of it:
Here’s another in my series of family clothing suggestions, on What-to-wear-wednesdays.
This week’s entry draws it’s inspiration from the seasonal fall colors. Okay, I know I’m STRETCHING it here. It’s still 100+ degrees outside, and doesn’t yet FEEL like fall at all… but a girl can dream, can’t she?
Anyway, as always, the best approach when selecting your wardrobe for your family photos, especially your holiday family portraits, is to pick a general color scheme or style and stick with it. Try not to make it matchy-matchy, but rather coordinate the looks throughout all of the family members who are being photographed. That makes for great individual shots, as well as cohesive family portraits.
These clothes can be purchased at the gap and old navy. Let me know if I can help you select what options would work best for the style and Phoenix or Scottsdale photography location you have in mind.
I’m writing this today with a heavy heart for a family who lost a loved one early this morning.
Jen was a member of my multiples group, and she hired me to take one-year photos of her beautiful twin girls and her beloved pair of black labs back in April. It was a session after my own heart, as I have triplet girls and a chocolate lab too.
The session was originally supposed to be a family session, but unfortunately, her husband was called out of town on business a few days before. We kept the appointment, and Jen just wanted me to get photos of her girls and the doggies. She said we’d do a family session in the fall for their holiday cards and Christmas presents.
When Jen posted on facebook a few weeks ago that she was being admitted to the hospital for lung problems, I was concerned. But her posts seemed fairly light and she talked about getting well and heading home quickly to be back with her babies. Then things got more serious when she was admitted to the ICU, but again, I figured it was just precautionary. She was only 32, after all, and looked perfectly healthy every time I met with her. But I didn’t know her well…
But then I learned that she had CF (Cystic Fibrosis). I am fairly familiar with this horrible disease because I used to volunteer for the local CF chapter. An old friend used to work for them and she wrangled me into helping her out with their annual volley-ball tournament for several years in a row. I was one of the directors for the tournament, and we had a lot of dealings with CF families at the time. But that was a long time ago, and I’ve never had any personal experience with CF since then, other than a blog I follow… but that’s internet stuff. Not “real” life.
Jen’s battle was real. All too real, especially to her now 18 month old twin girls and her loving husband. And it has really hit home with me. Even though I didn’t know her well… I just keep imagining everything she must have been dealing with. With such strength and courage and faith and love.
It totally humbles me. And it makes me want to do my job even better. The memories I preserve through my photographs are truly important. I just wish we could have had that family session to capture and preserve the love that Jen had for her girls and dogs. But I know that love was preserved in other ways, through everything she did… and it will never be forgotten.
Here’s a linkto the Caring Bridge website that was set up for Jen. The post by Jen on Saturday, and the post by her husband this morning are breathtaking for the strength and love they show to each other, and to their families and friends.
And here are a few of the photos that I took of their precious daughters last April…
Rest in peace, Jen.
What a gorgeous photo I got to work with for this week’s Fix-it-Friday challenge from iHeartFaces.com
I brightened it up a bit, adjusted the white balance, gave it a good color boost with a mask back of the skin tones, added in a sky, and cropped it.
Hope you enjoy it. I sure did.
Here’s the original unedited photo for reference:
View more edits from other great photographers at the iHeartFaces website (iheartfaces.com
Here’s another in my series of family wardrobe suggestions. Keep in mind, these are only suggestions, you need to pick a style that suits your family’s personality.
Just try to keep everything coordinating, with some sort of a central theme running through everyone’s outfits, both in color and style.
As always, I’m happy to offer my suggestions, so if you have any questions, please do call me to discuss the possibilities.
This sample board is a little fun, in that it’s inspired by the fifties design style. Have fun with it!
If you do want to do something themed like this for your Scottsdale or Phoenix family portraits, we could even go to a diner as a location backdrop. We could go over to the Pavillions in Scottsdale. They have a vintage car show there on Saturday evenings, in the Home Depot parking lot. It would be so fun to do some retro-style photos over there, and then go over to the 5 & Diner across the street for some shots of the kiddos enjoying a chocolate malt in their retro red vinyl booths.
Or possibly old town Scottsdale, incorporating a trip to the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor, as you can see when I took my girls there recently.
Think outside the box, people!!! Your Family Portraits in Scottsdale or Phoenix don’t have to be your standard, boring backdrops. Let’s have FUN!!!
I thought I’d share this experience with the internet, LOL. Recently my sister and I took my girls to a local ice cream parlor, the Sugar Bowl. This is a total, old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor… complete with pink booths and black and white checkered flooring, and a soda fountain. The girls had so much fun (at least most of them, anyway!)
I’m sharing this to show that your photo shoot doesn’t have to be a completely, go-to-the-park typical photo shoot. We can think outside the box here, people. Take your kids to a splash pad, a mini-golf course, the fair, a slip-n-slide party, or even a local Ice Cream Parlor, for your photo shoot. These kind of lifestyle shoots are perfect for capturing your kids natural personalities, and really are the best for capturing “real” memories. 🙂
The only important criteria is, make sure there’s good natural light at the spot you want to go to.
Give me a call and let’s brainstorm on some fun spots for your next photoshoot!
Oh, and let me know if you or a friend are going to be having a birthday party, baby or wedding shower, or some other kind of event. I’d love to come out an document it for you.
Okay, so without further delay… here are a few snapshots from our ice cream outing.
Taylor was kind of tired and didn’t start out in the best of moods (and yes, her face was very dirty, LOL)
But like her mama, a few bites of ice cream goes a long way to lift her spirits, LOL.
Well, this week was certainly a challenge for me to edit this beautiful family photo, of one of the iHeartFaces team member’s little girl. And what a gorgeous child portrait it is! But in the original photo the sky was blown out and the girl seemed dark and underexposed to me. It took some masking and color correction in Photoshop CS5, but here are the results of my edit. I tried to stay true to the original spirit of the photo, and my signature color saturated photo style. Hope you like it!
And here’s the original, unedited photo:
head on over to i Heart Faces for other photographer’s take on editing this photo.
Here’s this weeks What-To-Wear Wednesday guide. These clothes stick with a cherry/plum theme. It’s not important for them to match perfectly, just to look good next to each other. All these clothes can be purchased at The Gap (www.gap.com).
The idea is to be coordinated, but not completely matching. Pick a theme and stick to it for your whole family. And pay attention to details… shoes, jewelry, accessories. Also, take into account where your family photo shoot in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area will take place.
Let me know if you have any specific questions about your wardrobe plans, I’d be happy to help you make decisions. Clothing choices can really make or break a good family portrait.
I’m very excited and honored to announce that I’ve been selected to become an official photographer for an amazing organization: (“Inspiration Through Art” .)
Here’s a little information about the organization from their website:
Inspiration Through Art (formerly The Littlest Heroes Project) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to give back, and make a difference through the beauty of art. We are artists with a passion for giving and inspiring others. Through our own artistic talents we are able to come together as one, to let children around the world know that they are loved,despite the challenges they face everyday.
Inspiration Through Art was founded in January 2008 by Felicia Reinhard, made up of professional photographers, artists, children, and other volunteers nationwide that provide free programs and services to our nations heroes. Through the power of photography and the gift of art we are giving back and taking a stand for these children who sometimes feel forgotten because of their illnesses. We are here to let them know that they are heroes to many, and to share their inspirational stories and photos with the world.
If you have a child, or know a child, who suffers from any type of serious illness or life altering disability we are here to help. Inspiration Through Art provides our special heroes with complimentary photo shoots, special cards and mail, gift packages, and various other programs, events, and fundraisers.
Our mission at Inspiration Through Art is to help provide and capture memories for families who are dealing with hectic schedules due to having a child who is suffering from a serious illness or life altering disability. We are here to offer emotional support through the beauty and expression art has to offer, as a way of healing and coping. We understand that in the midst of being thrown a diagnosis and having to switch from a “normal” life to a life that is totally different, and often scary, things like getting photos taken is sometimes a huge challenge and is one of the last things families are thinking about. But when everything is done, and either the child has reached the end of their battle, or has proven the odds against it many wish they had more time to stop, and capture the journey that they lived through for so long. Through Inspiration Through Art- our photographers and volunteers understand each and every case, and cater it to fit and honor each child and family. Our photographers are on hand to travel to homes, hospitals, clinics, fundraisers, and benefits to help capture your child’s journey in a “Day in the life” sort of style and work personally one on one with your child and entire family to get those special family photos and moments that you can cherish for years to come. Our special art volunteers are also on hand to travel to your child’s home or hospital for a fun and personal art session catered just for your hero! Our special Hoping Hearts package program is setup for children who are currently in treatment or in the recovery stage of their journey. Every month a package will arrive with a special goodie or toy donated and/or handmade just for your hero! All of our services are free of charge and are made possible by volunteers around the world!
And here’s a really moving video produced by Inspiration Through Art, and was the stimulus for me applying to their organization:
This organization really resonated with me because of all the uncertainty I faced when I was pregnant with my girls. Every day was a challenge for me to get through because I was terrified the entire time I was pregnant that I wouldn’t be able to carry them long enough to have a chance at life. Then when I got past the viability stage, I was terrified that I’d have them so early that they wouldn’t have a chance at being healthy. And I came VERY CLOSE several times to delivering them very, VERY early. So early that they likely would not have survived, and if they had survived, they likely would not have been healthy. When I finally did deliver them at 30 weeks they still only weighed between 2-3lbs, which was dangerously early. But I was extremely luckily. They not only survived, they did exceptionally well and are very healthy today. But every day I think about what may have been, and I’m forever thankful for the health that my girls now enjoy. And I’m also thankful that I’m around to enjoy it with them, since I also almost died during their pregnancy due to extreme and sudden onset of severe pre-eclampsia.
So, you can see why this organization hits so close to my heart, and why I’m compelled to give what I can to these families.
It’s a fantastic organization and I’m excited to become an active participant in it.