FAMILY SESSION: He's growing up fast

Family pictures have always been a "thing"...

Even back in the "olden days" when you basically had to sit and hold your breath so that the image could be recorded onto the film...

We've come a long way however...

It used to be studio pics when I was a kid...and we all still desire that quality, but with the ease of iphones and improved technology, there are lots of things that we can do on our own without having to get ourselves to a studio...

This coupling quality with documentation is how I happened upon Family Photography myself...and in turn, how I started to form my philosophy...

I do still enjoy getting those lightly posed pictures where faces are tilted just the right way, and smiles are big...

However, I am always striving for something a little out of the ordinary...I don't want it to always appear as if I (as the photographer) am the third wheel to a party...

I actually want it to look as though I'm not there at all...or if I am, it's a surprise and I've caught a natural expression...

Most people can "put on a show" and "appear" smiley and happy for a camera...but, is that the true essence of a person?

This family has come to me for the past few years...and my strategy has been..."let him be himself"...I interact with him, but I don't stifle his curiosity or stop his action...This is the kiddo for whom I've waded into creek water...for whom I crawl through brushes and trees...because I want the REAL him and not just a smile for a camera...

I love his casual conversation and he knows that I'm not going to interrupt his "fun"...and in turn, I get to laugh and watch him explore...and capture his "essence" for his momma & daddy for years to come!

They are team...the 3 of them...Mom and Dad have instilled in him a confidence and a determination for adventure...and at the same time, have come alongside him to guide and redirect his growing mind when necessary...all the while, empowering him to reach his full potential!

I love meeting with them each year...and I look forward to all that he will become!










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