I am so enjoying watching this little one grow. He is sitting up and his smile matches his dad's exactly. The other night we wandered the streets of town and attempted to avoid people running into us as they stared at their cell phones - seriously it was chaotic. But the sun was out and it was a beautiful night for a family / 6-month shoot.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to continue to document your family and I hope that you continue to watch little J. grow and be able to do more and more throughout the coming months and years.
When I was contacted about this shoot I was asked to find something local that would show some of our surroundings. So I went with my standby, because really what shows the local culture like statues and a beautiful old building? Mom wanted her daughter to be able to look at these pictures in the future and to be able to see some of the neat things she grew up around - and plus she added a little bit of her own cultural heritage to give it that special touch. We had fun running around and looking at ducks and doing all sorts of things that two year old kids like to do. It was a good time and hopefully when L. is older she will say "look what I got to experience when I was little!"
Last year I met M. for his 1st birthday and was thankfully able to document him as he turned 2. It is always so fun to see the changes between 1 and 2 - from barely taking steps to chasing after them. Then there is the fact that you are going from one or two words to attempting to string together multiple words. M. was adorable as he watched the ducks and snuggled up with his Mama. I am glad that I was able to interact with you all once again. A very happy birthday to you M.
The sun - oh the sun - it was actually out for one day, I hope you didn't miss it. Thankfully I had a client who was waiting and watching the weather with me and agreed to do the shoot on Sunday our sunny day. We were able to run around the chateau and really just play, which means more fun for little girls and more of an opportunity to capture their spirit. The lighting was lovely and my subject was as well. I loved all her dresses and talking to her about princesses and all sorts of important topics.
Thank you for working with the crazy scheduling and waiting and I hope you have a lovely summer.
Sunday was pretty cold and dreary and I wasn't sure if we would be able to do the shoot due to rain, but once again I am thankful that the rain held off until later in the evening.
These two sisters, with their cute cowboy boots on, were able to play and giggle white I attempted to make sure that they didn't just stand and pose for the camera (although I did get some super cute posed shots too). I'm thankful that by the end of the shoot they were willing to get their pants dirty and relax in front of the camera.
On Sunday I got to chase this sweet two year old girl around the forest. She was super cute and although it was nap time she did so well for me. We looked at flowers, found sticks, and sat on logs. It was rather a fun hour and I hope that the images I captured help show a bit of this girl's personality.
Last year one of my main goals was to capture connection. I wanted my pictures to help remind people who they were at this stage of their lives. I wanted to show the love and friendship that there was and is between members of the family. I wanted to have less posed shots and more interactive shots. I am continuing to strive to get better at this type of shoot.
I did this session the last part of December. It has special meaning to me because it is my sister and her family. I enjoyed letting the kids play and be themselves while attempting to freeze this moment in time. I hope that they can look back and remember the joy and love that they shared. Plus I made sure to get the extra "sci-fi" sun flare at their request :).
This little man was a runner who was not very interested in the camera - but very excited about the fun ornament that his Mom found at the store - isn't it perfect for Christmas? Our beautiful blue skies yesterday ended with grey - but hey that is pretty normal around here and thankfully I was able to get another session in before the cold really sinks in.
One of my first and favorite clients came back to visit and to have her third birthday pictures taken. Thankfully we always manage to work past the language barrier and get some adorable shots. It wasn't the best weather but the sun came out at the end and was beautiful as ever. Thank you so much my dear friends for coming and for allowing me to photograph you all once again. I miss you.
Melinda loves photography and hopes this love comes out through her work.