Our Family Portraits

This year for our family portraits, I decided to do a Fall theme. We barely managed to get it under the wire with Fall colors receding with every passing day! I wanted to do the boys’ portraits with scarves and hats, and they had so much fun with it. They were excited about wearing them and posing since it is not part of their regular attire.

Our shopping too was pretty much last minute till the day of the session! Believe it or not, my boys sometimes don’t even have a wearable pair of jeans in their closet because they don’t use them, or they have outgrown them in 3 months. Anything outside of Nike or Under Armour shorts or track pants is too much to dress up in. 🙂 I was out with my oldest son that morning shopping for a pair of jeans for him. He tried one and it came a bit short so we picked out a size bigger. Although I asked him to try it out again, he refused saying a size bigger will be just fine. That afternoon, we are getting ready for the Portrait Session and of course the jeans don’t fit him! So he goes to my husband’s closet and puts on his pair of jeans (a first for him). He pulls it up a bit higher, tightens it around the waist with the belt, and is all set. He walks down to the garage where my husband and other two kids are getting ready putting their shoes on. My husband, looks and him and says, “That’s a nice pair if jeans,” thinking it’s the one we bought that day. I smiled and said, “Guess whose it is!!”

I had these grand ideas of going to two and possibly even three locations. We get into the Portrait Session at the first location and within 10 minutes my youngest son is sulking and refusing to smile, and my oldest son wants to photo bomb the shots. You get the idea 🙂 My husband looks at me and says, “This is hard.” Well, it could only get better from there and it did, even though we did not make it to any other location. (I shot some of the photographs the day before on our street). Later on, kids were super excited about seeing their photographs. It feels so awesome that we did it, and so totally worth it!

As any mom I feel my kids are growing up too fast, and I want to hold on to these precious days. I especially wanted to photograph my youngest son with his collection of rubber band bracelets. (If you have a child that age you know what I am talking about :)). They have been made for everyone in our family, and even the stuffed animals at our home wear one. It’s fun, and I love capturing something the kids are so into. It’s a phase in their life and so very fleeting…

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“I know why families were created, with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.” — Anais Nin (American author).

Backyards

I love photographing in clients’ homes and backyards whenever possible. I think creating memorable photographs in peoples’ own space has that touch of sentimentality and connection. Especially when the backyards are as beautiful as this clients’. These family portraits were shot in their home. The family had recently moved into this gorgeous new home, and taking portraits in their new space makes it extra special that I am sure they will treasure for years to come.

Our homes are dear to us for the memories they hold. We always remember how old the kids were when we moved into a new home, or how we looked, and look back at the time with fondness. It’s a great time to consider doing family portraits that you can treasure on its walls for many years.

“Dream the Impossible. Know that you are born in this world to do something wonderful and unique; don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Give yourself the freedom to dream and think big.” — Sri Sri

The Moments in Between…

We all have a vision of how our perfect family portrait should be. The perfectly coordinated clothing, the perfect smiles, the perfect location, the perfect lighting, and of course the perfect hair! We stress much about it before the Portrait Session and by the time we are into the Session, we have tried everything on our kids (whether they are 3 or 13) — the bribes, the threats, the treats — anything to make them cooperate, smile naturally and behave. “Just for this one picture, please!,” we desperately beg them! Yes, I am guilty of it as much as anyone else.

And then the magic happens! We see the pictures, and the meltdowns and the tantrums are forgotten. For me, capturing the “moments in between” the “perfect” family shot is just as important. I like to create a variety of shots and the formal family shot is just one of them. I often let the kids take a break during the Session and play or run around, and let them be kids. It gives them and their parents a breather from constantly being in front of the camera. They play in the play structure or run around happy, and we finally get the smiles we were hoping for! In this session, I let the kids play with the Fall leaves and roll on the grass. After all, this is what we want to remember most of their childhood, don’t we?

“If you can let go of the imperfection, perfection will appear by itself.” — Sri Sri