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A lesson for families on portrait photography.

I was working on the shots from the Pederson’s family shoot, and a couple of things came to mind that I think many families could learn from.  And where better to share these things than here, on my blog.  🙂

One:  The Found Object

I am all about going digging and exploring for cool things.  When we are out on a shoot, why not have a little fun?  You never know what treasures we may discover.  In this particular instance, we found a few “word rocks” tucked into the big wishing boulder out at Gabriel Dumont Park.  Sometimes the object, or the message, is the most important thing.  Why not let your kids share their excitement over their finds?  I can think of an absolute ton of things a family could do with a photo like this:

There is nothing greater these days, than a message of courage.  And by simply allowing children to explore we found the perfect way to deliver that message.  Can’t you just envision this on a great big canvas in the family home’s entryway?  Or how about shared with family and friends on a custom printed greeting card?  I think it would be the fabulous beginning to an inspirational digital scrapbook page.

So let your kids explore – or do a bit of exploring yourself.  You never know what we may come across.  Or if you have a special message you know you want to share, bring something along.  We’ll find a way to use it.

Two:  The Most Effective Portraits

Contrary to what the portrait studios of the world would have you believe, the most effective portraits do not involve you sitting still.  They do not involve you tilting your head to the side with a smile plastered on your face, staring down the lens of the camera.  The most effective portraits share a little about who you are.

We can definitely grab a few shots of your family all looking in the same direction, smiling, for the sake of posterity (and the holiday greeting card).  But lets make sure to grab a few of you just being yourself.  After all, your family knows what you look like, but how often do you really share your true self?  I’d say it’s time we got a photo of you doing just that.

The first step to capturing a truly effective portrait is choosing a place that speaks to you.  Lets hit the river, the library, an old bookstore, a snowy field… someplace you can just relax and be yourself.  Get involved in the world around you, and do your best to just forget about me and my camera.  It’s hard to do at first, but we’ll get there – and that’s when my work begins to fulfill me.

Faery in the Garden (yesterday and today)

Yesterday:

my little girl

Today:

through the looking glass

Catching up. :)

Okay, here’s the last several days.

The Ninth – The wee girlie waits in the front yard for her Pop Pop to pick her up for an overnight at the lake.

Waiting for Pops.

The Tenth – Jennifer and Jacob’s wedding.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…  I HATE shooting posed portraits.  They are lifeless and stale.  Not at all my style.  But it was their wedding day, and posed portraits are what they wanted.  Who am I to argue?  So I smiled and laughed with them as I arranged the traditional wedding portraits, one, after another, after another…  I started getting a little buggy…  so I flipped them around.  LMAO  It made things much more fun.  😉

Say Cheese!

The Eleventh -“I can do it myself Mommy.  I don’t need your help.”  Here’s the wee girlie, putting in a quiet time DVD without my help.  😉  And for those who are wondering, it’s Slim Pig…  on loan from the library.

"I can do it!"

The Twelfth – The beginnings of Lily-Ann’s “Strawberry Day” dress.

Strawberry Day is the wee girlie’s birthday.  I’ve called her my little strawberry since the day she was born… and so it just seemed like a natural to refer to her birthday as Strawberry Day.  This year she has requested a princess party.  Two of her favourite things right now are princesses and excavators…  a princess party is much easier than an excavator party so I wasn’t about to argue.  😉  That said, we needed a princess dress, complete with sparkles and tulle galore.  It should be quite lovely.  I’ve devoted two evenings to it so far, and easily have another full one ahead.  I can be so domestic at times that I scare myself.  LMFAO

The beginnings...

The Thirteenth – Mommy’s Day!

Yep, I took a lunch date with a couple of my dearest friends today.  Damon is home on holidays for the next couple of weeks and was here to watch the wee girlie…  so when asked, I jumped at the chance.  It’s not to often I get time like this to visit with friends.  So here we are; Jenn, Susan, and myself (of course they stuck me out front) heading back home after a great lunch.  A much needed treat that I’m very appreciative of.  Thanks so much Susan, thanks so much Jenn.  I love you guys.  Today meant a lot.  🙂

Girlfriends!

So… there we are.  All caught up.  Take care everyone, and don’t forget to tell those who matter most to you that they make a difference in your life.  It’s always a good thing to hear, and something many of us don’t take the time to say enough.

Night.

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