Thursday, September 22, 2016

3 Tips for Fantastic Family Photos

Today is the first day of fall, and that means photoshoots galore! Cool temperatures, pretty leaves, boots, scarves, and Christmas approaching has people booking their photo sessions!

Whether you've had family photos taken or have even been the one to take the family photos, you know it is no easy feat. Especially when little ones are involved! "Smile and sit still" is not something they care about, and photoshoots can easily end in tears, frustrated parents, and bad pictures. While there is no perfect "fix", I have found a few tricks to make photoshoots less stressful, and hopefully even fun! So today I'm sharing three things I encourage my clients to keep in mind as they go into a photo shoot! 

1. Bring your favorite things.

It could be a dog, a toy, books, or even coffee and doughnuts...but bring something you love to a photoshoot and it's bound to make it more fun. Especially for the kiddos.

2. Do something you like. 

This is a big one! Pick a place or an activity that your family enjoys. A familiar environment can make a big difference. Some people like to stay at their house for this reason. Below we've got apple picking, showing off ballet moves, swinging, and jumping into leaf piles. If you're actually having fun, it'll show up in those pictures...crazy, I know. 

3. Be candid.

I know you want that perfect picture to put on the Christmas card or hang up in the house, but have fun in between. Relaxing and having a good time will give you the end result of the postcard picture and also remind you of those little baby steps, that laughter, baby's infatuation with the camera, and those cute facial expressions. 

Basically the takeaway is this: have fun and don't be stressed out. That's what "capturing" memories is all about, and hopefully you'll still end up with that perfect Christmas Card photo. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mack and Christiana :: Preview

Here's a little preview from Mack and Christiana's beautiful engagment session last week!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Family Vacay 2016

I'm don't think I'm quite ready to join in on the pumpkin spice/fall time excitement just yet. I'm still enjoying the bright evenings, driving with the windows down, and squeezing in some afternoon pool time. I'll love it once it's fully here, but for now I'm still in summer mode. That could be because it's still 90 degrees here in Atlanta.

I was cleaning thousands of pictures out my Lightroom catalog the other day and found a few pictures I took from my family's vacation back in May. I sent my sister a snapchat of one of the pictures and she said "I never even saw pictures from that". I guess that's what happens when your sister is a photographer, you may never end up seeing the pictures. Whoops! 

When I'm on vacation I'm pretty much in full blown bum mode when it comes to work. I don't have a whole lot of motivation to use my camera (other than my phone), but I usually try to grab a few pictures. So, while it's still warm outside I thought I would share a few of them before they're incredibly out of date. 

As we have all gotten older it gets a little harder to get everyone together at the same time. The married kids didn't join us and we started off the vacation without Katelyn and Mom. They joined us a few days later. 

Lindsey and I spent just about every night on this great porch outside of our room. This was her first week back after being at school, so we had plenty to catch up on while we star-gazed. 

Walking down the boardwalk to this view was definitely a favorite. 

Our love for the beach comes from this lady right here!

We spent the majority of the week sitting on the beach reading, sleeping, and of course some time cooling off in the ocean since it was SO HOT!  In the afternoons we would walk to Starbucks down the road (since fraps happened to be half off that week!) or visit the shops. Our evenings were spent watching Fixer Upper, Shark Tank, and all of those great shows...and eating ice cream. Lindsey and I even got in a couple of workouts and few runs around the super cool neighborhood.

As always it was a great vacation, and I'm glad I pulled the camera out for a few pictures!