I have been photographing Michele’s kids for a couple of years now…she was one of my very first clients, and has stuck with me even as I have evolved from using studio lights to almost exclusively outdoor natural light. It is always a delight to work with these kids…they are so outgoing and happy in front of the camera, and their unique personalities just shine through in their images!
It can be a little stressful to bring your family in for a session as I’m sure you all know. You want everything to go well to get good images, since it is an investment of time and money. You want everyone to look good and be in a good mood, and if the kids aren’t cooperating as well as you would like, it can be hard. But this family is a good example of how to make it work: Michele didn’t stress about clothing choices – she let Elena decide what she wanted to wear (sound familiar?) then dressed everyone else to coordinate with her. She didn’t try to force the younger ones to sit still & smile nicely when they balked – she just gave them a little extra time, and they came around in no time. She didn’t worry about perfect smiles and expressions – she just tucked everyone close & let me snap away! And it doesn’t get much better than this: