This sweet family has been coming to me since they were expecting their first baby! I have been lucky enough to capture so many of their family milestones.
Here we are six years later and this time I captured their family at New River Beach! The summer was a perfect time because the days are long and evenings warm. Bedtimes were thrown out out the window because I book them when the sunshine would be the best timing.
We had fun running around, playing in the sand, chasing their youngest who was curious and busy. Ending the evening with playing in the water.
As a mother, I know how it can be stressful preparing for a photo session but the end result is a gorgeous canvas on their wall. It will remind them of when their kids still fit on their laps. How they begged their parents to chase them on the beach. How they openly giggled at the bad jokes. That canvas will be their ticket back in time.
Vacations are amazing for all the obvious reasons; you are away from work and household responsibility. Going to places you have always wanted to visit or live. Scedules do not matter and fun is the only agenda.
One growing trend I see every year is families hiring me for a family session while they vacation by the ocean. Often these are families who do not live by the Atlantic or Bay of Fundy. The request for location is always by a local beach or by the rocks in St Andrews.
The tricky part is timing the session! For those of us who live by the water, we know how quickly a beautiful sunny day can turn grey as the fog rolls in and temperature dips. Therefore, setting expectations and having flexibility can be key for scheduling a great evening for a photo shoot.
For myself, I will ask how long my clients will be in the area, and we coordinate schedules and set 2 dates: one for rain/severe fog backup. I watch the weather and radars and if it looks like a chance of rain we will reschedule but will still go on if there is overcast.
When planning the wardrobe it is also smart to dress in layers. It can get cool quick on the water (which is awesome if you want to escape the summer heat!). Plan to wear clothing that your family can play in and have fun.
Planning months in advance is also advisable as those summer sessions get booked quickly!
They didn’t worry about looking at the camera. They headed off every bit of crankiness with running, throwing in the air and cuddles. No one worried about getting their clothes dirty and there was quite a bit of giggling. Family photo sessions shouldn’t be stressful…let’s let kids be kids! Let them run, give them the snuggles they want and crave. Instead let’s capture the connection, the love, the chaos and your now.
This session was a joy to capture! We wandered through fields, danced and twirled.
Family pictures…does this send a shiver down your spine like it does mine? As a professional I am fairly confident I can get everyone to look at the camera, I can might even be able to coax a smile from the most stubborn toddlers and I can promise I can create something that will thrill grandmas!
Why do *I* dread it? We I have five children…the older two are no trouble. At 11 and 13 they are pretty easy-going, they know enough to not move for the camera, smile and ignore the craziness coming from their youngest sisters. My 8 year old? Well she likes to please, and she will smile so big and so fake it makes me grimace and she will stress about posing ‘just perfect’ and we usually deal with some tears and dramatics. My younger girls are 4 and 3 and WILD…completely crazy, never sit still for 20 seconds. Both are ASD (autistic) and have sensory issues that make sitting for any period of time frustrating for them. I do have bi-annual ‘perfect’ pictures of my brood, and each one was stressful and adored (the art in our home is our children!).
Rosalie was turning 3 and I wanted pictures of her being HER. She is PURE joy! She giggles and laughs and runs and her little smile is worth earning, her comprehension is increasing daily but she doesn’t understand the commands or instructions I give her all of the time.
The evening was warm, the light was GORGEOUS and it was bath time, which should have signalled the Mom and me to start rounding them up to begin the bedtime routine. Instead, I decide quickly on a whim to BREAK ALL OF THE RULES. I quickly yelled for Kathleen to help me find something for the girls to wear (it is summer and they are living in their bathing suits, even if we don’t get wet), I didn’t worry about hair, I made sure the clothes at least didn’t clash, popped them in carseats and headed to my favourite field in St George.
We coated ourselves literally with bug spray and then we PLAYED! We ran and they giggled and they ran some more, then plopped on the blanket. I posed a bit, for the most part I let them be THEM. It was the craziest fastest, wildest session and I broke all of the photography ‘rules’ I typically follow. The goal wasn’t to see 3 smiling perfectly posed little girls but to see the real smiles…the crazy hair, the expression when they are with each other, the LOVE. We were not well prepared and under 10 minutes they were DONE and it was all I needed.
This session gives me all the feels! My heart burst a little when I finally had a chance to edit. I will do my annual fall session with all 5 of my kids and for once I am NOT dreading it, I am throwing the perfection out the window (will still be pulling it out for their annual gift to grandparents!). I love that I captured my Rosalie with her sisters being wild, free and three!