Winter in The Hat!

After a snowfall there was some beautiful frost on all of the trees around town. We’ve had such a dry winter that seeing some snow seemed extra beautiful. We had a busy day happening, but I was so glad that my hubby and I took some time to head out and shoot some photos. The sun was getting low in the sky and we had only an hour or so before it was getting too dark. I’m in love with the results.






Back at the Photography Game

Interesting feeling – prepping to do a paid photography session after a long hiatus. Actually, I’m not sure the hiatus will ever be over, officially, but I did pick up my camera, dust it off, and got ready to photograph some relatives who were having a reunion weekend. It’s a special occasion to have all of your family together – children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I must be becoming sentimental because I get teary-eyed when I think of the family members I haven’t seen in some time.
The numbers weren’t crazy for this group, but over 40 people still felt daunting to me. Would I remember how to pose people? Would I be able to create enough levels that I could see everyone and not stretch out a mile, both directions? What would the light be like at 10am? Did I remember everything? What if I forget how to use my camera?!
Yes, I’m a worry wart. The adage that says worry only robs today of it’s peace is true. Things turned out fine, and this group of people made the morning as easy as pie: 


 After getting the large group photo first (the most IMPORTANT photo we were after), we fit in a few individual family groupings as a last minute thing.








 The smaller children were a dream – they were so cooperative and pleasant, and …um…GORGEOUS!
 This mother with her four daughters had me imagining the future with my four girls – hoping that we will have occasions to get together, as adults, and enjoy time spent with one another. 

It was an hour out of my life, but it help reignite the joy I once had in photographing families professionally. I live in a market saturated with photographers who do what I do, and do an excellent job at it, so I had turned my focus to the blogs I manage and put photography on the back burner. I’m not saying I’ll ever go back to it as a regular thing, but the idea isn’t completely out of the question, either 🙂Photobucket

We Did It. Family Photos 2014

 Time to breathe a sigh of relief – family photos for 2014 are DONE! 
There are so many variables that come into play when planning for photos. Coordinating clothes without having to buy a new wardrobe for the whole family, weather (will there be sun? clouds? rain? snow? – we do live in Canada, it happens),  finding a good location for that time of day, hoping the kids cooperate, hoping I don’t break an ankle while running madly from the camera and into the shot before the self-timer goes off – honestly, I need to invest in a clicker. I kid you not, it kept me up at night worrying about getting these done. Does that happen to you? As a family photographer, let me take this moment to say – I understand!!!
 In the end, we managed a couple of different shots that I’m happy with – and can I give a shout out to my amazing hubby who was a master of the bug spray, and my awesome girls who couldn’t have cooperated any better. BEST!
 Thankfully, we had most of the grey, denim, and turquoise clothing already in our closets, and the blown-up portait will look great in our livingroom which is decorated in these colors. Bonus!
We also managed to get some nice individual shots of my girls. I just love them so much!! And, they are gorgeous. I know, I’m biased…. but, come on!
 And, of course, I can’t forget my main man. Seriously, he is such a babe. I’m so lucky to have him. 
 I decided, on a whim, to let my hubby snap a photo of me. My self-image hasn’t been great, lately, so I really wasn’t excited about it, but my kids made me laugh and my hubby got a shot of me that I don’t totally hate 🙂 You know what? I actually kind of love it. What I see in this photo is a great new hair cut, some smiling green eyes, and a happy gal who feels extra blessed these days. Life. Is. Good.