OMG. That’s the first thing that goes through my mind every time I see my client Ausra. She is legitimately the most glowing and stunning pregnant person I have ever met. This is baby #2 and I was beyond excited to get to photograph this portrait with her beautiful daughter. (Yes there is a lovely Daddy too and we shared a sneak peek on our Facebook here as well 😉 )
The Barros-Barreto Family walked into the studio a “DO” from head to toe. Loved the families mix of holiday favorites for both the guys and the gals. Even their sweet puppy Bruno seemed to know that he looked EXTRA special for the shoot.
If you think you are sensing a theme this holiday season with our family portraits here at Studio B… maybe a little Merry Madness? — you’d be right. Since having my own son, I’ve fully embraced a new kind of normal and I just might be bringing that energy to the studio. (And by “might”… I mean I totally am) 😀 I was so excited to welcome back The Gholston Family because Mom and her boys are AWESOME. And style side note: how much are you LOVING the brothers little green H&M Blazers? Favorite of the season I tell you.
Part way through the photo shoot, I was trying to get the boys attention… so I introduced a bribe (as I shamelessly do) Who knew the power of candy cane — almost magical. We caught a little behind the scenes footage and shared it here on our Instagram (I’m pretty sure that big brother Braden is channeling the Blue’s Brothers with his dance moves).
So I’ve been a family photographer for many years now and my un-scientific (yet thoroughly vetted opinion) is that really great family photo shoot should have a moment where the wheels almost come off in spectacular fashion. It can be anything really…an unpredictable toddler, crazy weather, pre-session squabble…it keeps everyone present and on point. For the Kemmerer’s — it was Sherman. Who you might be asking? Sherman — the dog. He’s a Champion… like the real certifiable kind and the center of the storm for the Kemmerer’s photo shoot! SO MUCH ENERGY. He kept us all on our toes while he literally stood on his and managed to bring out the playful side in everyone! (Thinking I might have to invite him to all of my Christmas shoots 😉 )
Awe… The Clark Family Christmas card. It seemed only fitting that I take what could have been an easy family portrait and make it complicated. It went something like this…
“Oh I know Babe — sparklers! Let’s write with sparklers!!! The bigger the better. I just learned that they make 3 foot sparklers… how about we buy a boat load of those?! Let’s be honest, how could flaming sticks of fire in the hands of our young children possibly go wrong?” 😀
To his credit, my husband Glenn did not even flinch. (We’ve been married quite a while… he knows the drill by now and resistance is futile) We loaded up all three of our kids and we headed to the party store in search of my latest great idea and we were in business just 5 SHORT HOURS later. (Haha)
Fast forward a month and cut to me and my entire family freezing on our front lawn in a “Winter is coming…31 degree temperature” trying to make this brilliant idea a success. Looking back, I honestly, have never laughed more looking at one of our cards. Here’s what I will always remember — 1. My son would not let me put him down the entire shoot. 2. My 11 year-old daughter kept dancing in silly gyrations in an attempt to stay warm and 3. The delight my middle kid enjoyed when she realized her amazing good fortune that she had her own personal Harry Potter wand. (I already know that these are going to be some of my very favorite holiday family memories for 2015 …not so much our numb toes and fingers…but the rest was pretty awesome)
Since many of your families are coming home for the holidays, this is always a really popular time for us to see you here at the studio. If you are hoping to book between now and the New Year, here’s a quick Contact Us link to check remaining availability. If you’d prefer to slip something under the tree for that person in your life who just loves pictures — here’s a quick link to our awesome Ready to Give – Gift Box