Props

I always encourage my clients to include props in some of the portraits – things that are important or of significance to their kids or family, or sometimes just fun things that bring a smile to our faces. For this Portrait Session, my client brought these big, colorful lollipops and asked if we can include them, and of course I loved the idea! We saved them for the end of the session as a special surprise for the kids. That way we didn’t have to worry about lollipop-soaked lips or clothes in all the pictures.

And what a great time they had licking them away! 🙂 It really brought this fun, childhood element to the photographs that we all want to remember of our kids. They are the most adorable shots. It was so easy to make a collage of these photographs and the ones the clients chose to put up on their wall.

“To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.” — Eckhart Tolle

Pets

When clients ask me if they can include their pet in the family portraits I always say “Yes”! Even though I am not always super comfortable around pets (and I am getting better at it :)) I realize the importance of including pets in Family Portraits. They are an important part of the family, and it’s always more fun for the kids and makes the Photo Shoot more relaxed with a pet dog or cat around. Everyone interacts with or wants to hold them, and their furry cuteness adds another element to the portraits.

I love the detail in the girl’s hair with her beautiful braid! Small attention to detail makes such a big difference in the portraits. I think my favorite photograph from this Photo Shoot is the mother-daughter shot and of course the close-up of the kids holding their dog. You can bet that it is their favorite too, and the one they will want to put up on the wall in their room!

“Be Extraordinary!”

Fall

Fall is in the air and  leaves are changing color. What a beautiful and spectacular time of the year even here in the Bay Area where Fall is not as colorful as some other parts of the country. The slight chill makes for a good excuse to grab that extra cup of tea or hot chocolate or cappuccino! And I love driving around town scouting for locations for Fall Portraits. Yes, it’s part of our job as photographers to always keep looking for good locations, and sometimes it can even be a clients’ backyard.

These photographs below were shot on the official first day of Fall and although colorful leaves are there in only one of the shots, I loved the color and brightness of the girls dresses. All in all it turned out to be a day to remember with some beautiful shots! I think my favorite are the tree shots maybe because the girls had so much fun climbing and posing in front of the trees. It is always fun and makes my day when kids enjoy the Photo Shoot 🙂

It was not by accident that I stumbled this week upon the complete quote by Henry David Thoreau that I used in my very first blog post. “If you advance confidently in the direction of your own dreams, and endeavor to live the life you have imagined, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. It will chase you.”