Like Clockwork – Family Portraits
There aren’t many things you can count on on a yearly basis, but there is one thing I can count on and that’s Mike, Belinda, Jadyn, Joshua and now Olivia. Every year for the last four years I believe, I have been photographing them. It all started when I connected with an old friend from high school. She and I began talking about what we do and she knew a lovely family that needed some portraits taken. That was the beginning of our history.
I remember speaking on the phone with Belinda for the first time. She was lively and a whole lot of fun. I knew that if she was like this on the phone, we’d have an awesome time in person! When we met she was so sweet, as was her husband and two children. Currently there are three children, which I will get to. So for the past few years I have gotten to see her children grow in size as well as number, her husband get surprised with a car for Christmas, her changing jobs and him getting a promotion. It’s like having more family!
So since the first session, I’ve been going back to them every year for holiday cards. This is one of my favorite families. They are so much fun and definitely make me feel at home. Actually, it was during one of our sessions that I found out she was pregnant with her youngest. So of course the following year I got a chance to meet Olivia. Let’s just say she wasn’t really feeling the whole portrait thing.
This year when I arrived, Josh greeted me at the door. He had definitely gotten taller since the last time I saw him. Olivia was downstairs as well. She just kind of stared at me as I spoke to her, but she livened up once we went outside to get my gear. Evidently she loves being outdoors. Soon Jadyn came out to help as well. While Jadyn was holding Olivia, I noticed how they looked so much alike. It was uncanny.
Once all of my gear was in I began to set up and play with ‘Livi. She is so adorable! She was very friendly. She “talked” to me and “helped” me. She actually followed directions very well. At one point she actually let me pick her up. It was nice that everyone wasn’t ready yet so that I could properly reintroduce myself to ‘Livi.
We decided to take portraits around the fireplace. Mike even started up a fire for us and Belinda added stockings. Unfortunately the fire didn’t realize it didn’t have all day to start going. No matter, we soldiered on. After a few shots there was an eggnog break. I took this time to take a candid of Olivia with her eggnog mustache. Even during the session I took some candids. I love candids because they show real interactions between people. Sometimes they can be downright funny. We were going to photograph in the backyard, but discovered that the ground was squishy wet, so no portraits out there. Finally we were able to talk Mike into going back to the botanical gardens down the street.
When I first arrived at their home it wasn’t too cold, but that did change. It got downright brisk. Anyway, we found a few spots that we had not photographed in previously. In fact, I think we have photographed all of the Christmas portraits at the botanical garden except for the very first session.
We all tried to contain ourselves and they tried not to look cold, despite the chill in the air. Olivia was the lucky once because she got to keep her coat on. Now she had her moments as to when she wanted to smile. Getting her to smile in group shots was a challenge, but when she was by herself, she smiled quite easily. Hmmmmm, not sure what that means. Maybe she just doesn’t like other people in her portraits. At one point I had the family kneel and then had Olivia jump around since she was seeming to enjoy that. Of course she wouldn’t jump where we needed her to, but boy did she smile and laugh while doing it.
Regardless, we were able to finish the session and I had gotten some nice shots. There were a few unplanned shots as well because the children were so cute. Below are a few of the images I took. Let me know if you can spot the candid ones. Considering that next Wednesday is Christmas, I won’t be publishing a blog next week or the week after since that will be New Years’. So with that said, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year. Until next year!
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