What can I say, except I am so blessed to have the privilege to photograph the sweetest families at the most gorgeous locations in Maine! And this family ranks very high in the sweet and adorable category. Never a dull moment with a three year old and ten month old, but I have to pat myself on the back for managing to capture what I feel are honest moments in the life of such a young family. Not everyone is looking at the camera in each shot, and quite honestly I'm glad. In fact, I think the images where they are all engaged with each other are the best shots. Take a look and decide for yourselves ~It took till the very last shot of the session to get what I consider an authentic smile from this little cutie. I had to turn into a tickle monster, but hey, whatever it takes! I hope you enjoy your preview! There are many more jewels to show you so I will end here and get back to the editing board!
It's fun to finally be in front of a family with young children again! I know parents of young children are so conscious about how their wee ones are behaving, especially with someone new to them and when that someone new is taking their photos. But I want you to know something. I am a mom. I have two of my own. I raised them myself and believe me I know with every fiber of my being what it is like to be in the limelight. I know what it is like to always wonder how people think of me as a parent when my children were not acting "perfect." By the way, what is "perfect" for a three year old? Play. Lack of a long attention span. Busy. Curious. In the moment, which doesn't last for more than a blink of an eye. Etc, etc.And so, what I am saying is don't worry! I am not here to photograph your child who is quietly sitting still with a big smile on their face as they stare at my camera. Unless that is exactly what they do and who they are, it isn't going to happen. As a family photographer, my only goal in my mind when I go to a job is to document real moments in your family's everyday life. Children are very good at this, which is why I truly love to photograph them. I LOVE to have to be quick on my feet and snap away, because I know, without a doubt that when I get home to upload a session onto my computer that I will have priceless photographs. I will have little smirks, sweet smiles, pouty faces and genuine glimpses of what your life actually looks like. The photos here demonstrate what I mean.
Sometimes in order to get at least one portrait type smile you have to allow and even encourage silliness!
It's important to stay on top of their game because you will eventually get that shot for the grand parents, as you will see below.
In between the antics of little Abby, I managed to steal a couple of precious mommy moments with their one month old.
Dress up time! I know, a lot of photos of big sis, but you just have to go with the flow ~
And when the pouty, I am over stimulated face appears, that is when I know the session is over.
And now back to editing the rest so I can put up the family's gallery! Thank you so much for a fun morning! I hope you enjoy the photos so far ~
I've learned that when you live in Maine, don't count on the weather forecast to be accurate. It was supposed to be a partly to mostly sunny weekend, but I know we saw more clouds than sun, and we even had some rain showers - at the time of this session, as a matter of fact! Even so, we packed in a lot of giggles and plain old fun and excitement during our session. It doesn't really take much to make a wee one happy, and I'm telling you, can this little guy smile and laugh! Abby and Mark, you are very lucky to have such a happy child, who is obviously loved to pieces! I'll hush now and get on with the show!This black and white image is one of my favorites of the trio. I love candid photos because they really capture authentic moments. Plus, it isn't easy to get a toddler to hold still for a posed shot, at least not for very long!
"No, I want to run into the ocean! No more pictures, please!!"
Thank you Abby, Mark and Ethan for such a fun time in Pemaquid. I hope you enjoy your preview. Stay tuned, there are more to come!