Children

I’ve not posted forever!  It’s been a busy springtime, and we are fortunate to have one of the most beautiful wildflower seasons in the country!  This morning I had the pleasure of doing a maternity session with a beautiful mom and her two year old daughter walking through the flower fields in Central Texas.

Mother and Daughter – Maternity Photo – Texas Wildflowers

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Especially for the wee ones.  Today was a great session with the happiest baby in the world.  I have many more images to share, but am still in the process of smiling my way through them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the things I encourage EVERY family to do is make sure to get generational images – family images – mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, cousins, nices, nephews.  It’s amazing how quickly time flies, and it seems that as I get older the photographs that bring the most joy to my heart are those that include my siblings and my parents/grandparents.  There just aren’t enough of them.

I’ve been crazy busy this fall doing lots of family and sibling images, and I need to get better about posting them, but here are a few favortes from a session in October.   These were done at the grandmother’s request – and she specifically wanted to capture some candid images, and relaxed poses – so we went for a walk and hoped to catch some moments that were natural and relaxed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have this thing for sepia, and family photos, and braces, and brother-sister relationships, and those handful of images you’ll look back at 20 years from now and treasure!   This is one of those.

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Saturday afternoon in the studio – four families, seven children, a dozen hats, juice boxes, stuffed animals, assorted toys,  and plenty of laughter!    As much as I love outdoor portraits, there is nothing like the simplicity of a black and white studio image and the beautiful expressions of children.  Thanks to Rachel K Rose for being part of this amazing day!

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This past weekend during a family portrait session, I asked my client if she wanted me to capture an image of her with her daughter (they bear an AMAZING resemblance to each other).   It took her absolutely no time to say “I have plenty of those – but would love to have a photo of her with her father.”   What a great reminder!    I know when I dig into my shoebox of old family photos, it’s rare for me to find any with just me and my father.  What a treasure it will be for this lovely young lady to have had these photographs taken with her dad!

 

 

 

 

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So we had a conversation before our portrait session about wardrobe and Mom decided it would be best to let HER decide what she wanted to wear to have her picture taken.  GREAT call!   No surprise, she chose her princess dress but insisted on wearing just ONE shoe (not pictured).   Honestly, what girl (little or big) doesn’t, in their heart of hearts, want to be a princess!

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Can there be anything more beautiful than this?  Hat days is about getting up close and personal, and mom’s hand in the photograph adds a wonderful emotional connection.  This little girl will never remember that she threw every single hat we put ON her head, OFF – nor will she recall that her mom had to hold the hat down in order to get this photo.  But I truely believe that they will both will forever cherish this image and the stories behind it.

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^   And for one split second, they were all looking at the camera!

One of my last family portraits in Massachusetts was for the Guertin family and their three boys  (age 6, 4 and 2!).  It was quite the adventure!  We met on the old grounds of Mount Herman Academy in Northfield, where we proceeded to explore all sorts of locations, taking photos along the way.

Described by their mother as “energetic young men”, the morning was filled with racing, climbing and chasing – with a promise of ice cream for good behavior.  It worked!

Made me think of how it must have been for my grandmother raising 5 boys back in the day when sticks and bugs, rocks and imagination were the mainstay of every child’s playtime.   So nice to see that some things never change…

^   She said this was her favorite because it captured everyone’s personality

^   Boys will be boys – checking out earth worms as we walked the grounds

^   My dad (the big guy) along with his four brothers and dog – don’t you LOVE old family photos!

 

The earliest and only real snowfall of the year had my neighbor’s daughter super excited.

“I love the NO!” She said as she closed her eyes to breathe in the damp, wet winter air.

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