I’ve been photographing this awesome family since 2008, and every year they just get spunkier and more fun! I always know they are going to show me their energy and personalities- and will have me laughing so hard I often tip over. They are goofballs and I love that! I think it’s all the awesome red hair. This year we did their session at their home, which is something I just love to do. Photographing kids around their homes and in their neighborhoods is such a great way to personalize the session to truly make it their own. I find it gives kids an instant comfort as well, being in familiar surroundings.
I just LOVE this whole series of them right on their front lawn….. <3
Clients often worry about “where should we do the session?” – and of course I have many favorites of mine that I truly love for the scenery and lighting, and I always have suggestions…. but really, in many ways it doesn’t matter. While sometimes the background definitely can add to the photograph for sure, often times especially with kids, it doesn’t matter. The image isn’t about what’s around them- it’s about them. The kids are the focus, that’s what’s most important. Plus, you’d be amazed how a location you might think of as nothing special, can really have some amazing little hidden pockets of awesomeness. As a photographer, my eye is trained to see these things, and I love that challenge in new locations. Neighborhoods are always ripe for lots and lot of options. I’m particularly fond of S Mpls, where this family resides. There’s just something about the light in South Minneapolis. I can’t really explain it, but it just glows differently. Perhaps it’s the trees, or all the cool old homes with great architecture, and tall so they cast shadows in just the right places. But I really love it. Often times when I know a client lives near the lakes, I suggest we go their home/neighborhood for those reasons. Plus- what’s easier for your session than not having to go anywhere and having me just show up at your front door?