Sometimes during a shoot I have a moment where I think, “I can’t believe I get paid to have this much fun.”
I had a lot of those moments when I photographed Jax, Xander, Drake and baby Beck.
Their mom had a specific shot in mind, and they were pretty good sports about gathering around the little red chair.
But they also had a LOT of other ideas:
– their best modeling poses
– action shots on their scooters
– “surfing” on a piece of palm frond that fell in the yard.
I pretty much laughed the whole time.
Three-year-old Drake kept cracking himself up by saying, “I go boom,” then holding out his arms like a zombie, and crashing to the ground. He did it at least eight times, giggling like crazy in the grass after each tumble. His pants got progressively muddier as the shoot went on.
Sweet baby Beck!
I’m always surprised at the speed of little legs, and this guy definitely kept us moving! There was a lot going on at Mile Square Park… ducks to chase, fences to climb, bridges to cross, and dry stream beds to explore.
Megan and I had originally planned to do a quick shoot with her son Nolan, but it was so much fun that I just kept shooting until all three of us were tuckered out and ready for second breakfast.
A day in the life of a family.
It’s a concept I’ve played with for a while — partly because I love the candid shots we have of our family when I was a kid. And partly because it seems like an amazing gift to give someone… moments of love and connection seen through my lens.
Although I always take candid shots before and after family portraits, I was excited to implement my vision of spending an entire day with a family, capturing both traditional portraits and lots of in-between moments.
It was everything I’d hoped for… fun, challenging, exhilarating and exhausting!
We started with breakfast, which was, honestly, even more fun that it looks. After that we kind of moved through the day. When the kids were napping I edited or prowled around taking photos of toys. Throw in a few meals, some wardrobe changes, a couple of walks… by the end of it I had several thousand images, and we were all ready for a nap.
I did have one slightly terrifying moment when baby Ava got her little mitts on Emma’s star-shaped wand, but I grabbed a few quick shots and then moved it safely away, and I just love the image of her with the star in front of her mouth!
Sometimes a girl has to tuck her books into the upholstery…
An impromptu shoot with my friend Jana and her sweet boys! Love the shots we got at a little park in Newport Beach, CA.
I had a lot of fun doing Lindsay’s maternity shoot and couldn’t wait to meet her new son. We decided to do a quick shoot with 8-week old Callum, I love the shots of his little feet, and him being held by Lindsay.
The boys cracked me up, as always, and Callum survived being bandied about like a hot potato by his boisterous and well-meaning older brothers.