Photo Cacophony announces Fall Minis!
A “Giving Back” opportunity came along for me again through a silent auction at the end of last year. A dear client of mine was raising money with her daughter for a mission trip to Zambia, Africa where they would minister to over 800 orphans through her church. She asked me if I can donate a photo session – I couldn’t be happier!
Did you notice Sadie’s custom wagon? She was all over it, as brave and adventurous as she could be:
What is a birthday celebration without some colorful balloons? The wind was tricky but I was ecstatic to capture this little sweet girl smiling, looking at the camera, without any balloons in her face and clapping her hands as an added bonus 😀
Wait until you see Sadie’s gorgeous parents:
Who is one?
It was not all smiles…but who better than mommy and daddy to return the happiness back to their little girl’s radiant face:
Daddy is so much fun!
Finishing with my most favorite capture of this session:
Happy 1st birthday Sadie!
There is something special in mommies-to-be, a confidence that I don’t see in my other subjects, a delicacy and profoundness that streams in every image I take of them. Cristina is a true example. In the beginning of her maternity photoshoot in the English Garden in Eagle Springs, TX I wasn’t sure how comfortable she would be with some individual closeups. Decide for yourself:
Cristina had warned me about little Billy – her adorable son soo to be a big brother. She worried he wouldn’t cooperate for the pictures. When I hear that I aways think – perfect, I’ll get really great natural shots of him having fun. Billy I think surprised even his mommy and daddy how great he was!
It really touched my heart when Cristina asked me to take some shots of Billy with his daddy. I am always on the hunt for great photos of Eli with Robb, fathers and sons have a special connection that has no limits.
We went to the Summerwood TX ponds for our photo session. “I can’t wait to feed the ducks” she exclaimed when we met! And why was I not surprised?! It’s such a fun location, where families love to spend time by the water, at the gazebo, run around the playground … but most of all bring yummy crumbs for the ducks at the park. So that lingered in my head as Emerson perfectly posed at each spot I had picked. She has the patience of an angel.
At the end of the session, the moment that Emerson had been looking forward to the whole time came. And so did the moment I loved capturing the most of the whole session:
When I received the email request for this session, one thing stayed with me – the mom of these gorgeous sisters hoped that I can capture the ages they are at in a simple and pretty way…Alex and Abby are 15 year old twins and Ava is 3 1/2. Parks have been a very popular location choice but it was late February in Houston and still somewhat gloomy. Besides, I wanted the girls ages to thrive in the setup I picked. So we went to Charles Bender High School in Old Humble, TX. The good news was no other photographers had scheduled their sessions for that day there (it’s a go to place for senior portraits), the bad news – the rustic red iron staircase that I was eyeing for our session had been removed over the week! Yet, there were many more interesting background options that the historic school offered us.
An aged door and a rusty railing:
Brick walls and beatup concrete steps:
Antique metal shutters:
But don’t get me wrong – it was not the location that kept us going! The girls’ bond, fun spirit and light heartedness shined in every image I took. It was addictive – we ran over the allotted time and I could have kept going for a lot longer capturing their attentiveness to one another.
Recently I volunteered by gifting a Classic Digital Package to the Atascocita Springs Elementary for their Fall 2012 Silent Auction. And this beautiful family – the Lumpkin’s won it!
I was so excited to meet them. Upfront Kelly expressed a concern about Camryn’s tendency (her younger daughter) to smile but not look at the camera. They must have practiced at home or as Steve put it “Kelly takes tons of pictures of them from the moment they were born” – Camryn was a superstar! She posed and danced and laughed and most importantly made consistent eye contact with the camera, although my favorite image of her is when she is actually looking away – so dreamy 🙂
Marley, their older daughter, is 7 and already so grown up. She approached each set up with such grace and elegance!
And I absolutely love the next image of the whole family. Have to give credit to Kelly for asking me to tilt the camera and frame the shot in a more unusual way than just horizontal or vertical. It makes the gallery so much more personal when clients have ideas and I am always excited to try them and incorporate them.
Here are some more images of our fun and thorough session. Enjoy!
1st day of cold weather in Houston and I thought – great, perfect for Eli’s fall photoshoot. It was gloomier than I would have prefered but there was no going back. I changed my little man in his fancy outfit, held my breath and hoped and prayed that he doesn’t take it off and throw a fit! To my surprise, he checked himself out in the mirror and proclaimed that “he is sooo cute!”Ha, what a relief! I could handle the gloomy weather, but a fussy child on the other hand is not something photo post processing can fix.
We headed over to a field in Eagle Springs with beautiful tall grass and woods in the background. Armed with a crate and bucket full of red apples, I arranged the set and and simply encouraged Eli to go and play. My thoughtful little boy brought audience to support him – his favorite transformers. He set them close to him where they all had front row seats to the show and then dove into the photoshoot. Literary! Such an easy model – I did not give him even one direction, just kept snapping away while he was being silly and ate at least three apples.
Once Eli’s gallery was ready, I called him in for an inspection and asked him which image shall we order to display in his room. Any guesses?
What was I thinking? No one can compare to Optimus Prime, not even a bucket with bright red ripe apples!
I couldn’t have wished for a better photography session to brighten my Sunday afternoon than the one with the Scott’s Family. You know when you meet someone and you just click with them – that’s how I felt – at ease and ready to do my best to bring out their bright and caring personalities.
David, Valerie,their daughter Emma (3yrs) and I spent an hour exploring the beauty of the English Garden in Eagle Springs – a location that offers so much versatility to work with. Below are some of my favorite images from the stone bridge, to the huge rocks by the lake and many flower and wood backdrops.
The next picture is special to me! It grabbed my heart before I had even gone through the whole album. It just captures the kid’s free spirit so well, a free spirit that slips away from a lot of us adults.