UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
I knew Sims Lake Park was going to be crowded. It always is during the fall-photography-season.
I arrived early to scope out the best spot that would be out of the way and unoccupied. I thought I did a pretty decent job finding a tree with beautiful fall colors off the beaten path. Turned out, we just barely beat another photographer to the same spot. I’m sure it was worth her wait – the light was fantastic…not to mention the giant pile of leaves to play in!
I honestly can’t believe how much the boys have grown. I started taking pictures of the W family before Mark was born. He’s 3 now. You know, when it’s your own kids, time slows down since the changes are so subtle you hardly notice them through the hustle and bustle of the day to day. By seeing the kids I photograph only once a year, the changes are so drastic, I can hardly believe my eyes.
It only took me a few minutes after we started to remember what brings out the smiles on these faces…a balloon! Yup, that’s my magic trick…blow it up, let it go, and then let the kids chase after it.
I don’t know if you can see it in his sweet expression, but big brother Emory has the sweetest heart. He works so hard looking after his younger brothers. I was really happy to see that he hasn’t grown up enough to lose his silly side yet, though. (Can you see him trying to photo bomb my shot of Mark below?)
Jack has matured so much from last year. He was so helpful and did a great job at sitting and smiling when asked to. His camera smile is a little forced, but we worked it out though. He LOVED the balloon and I got plenty of sweet, genuine smiles.
And baby Mark…isn’t much of a baby any more. He hung in there with his big brothers, and even insisted on being the one to hand the balloon back to me, no matter who got to it first.
We also managed to sneak in a few pictures of Cathryn and David. I always love taking pictures of Mom and Dad without the children because you get to catch a glimpse of who they are as a couple. Although Cathryn admitted that she and David were a little self-conscious during their pictures, you would never be able to tell it. The genuine love and admiration for each other is clear from the way they look at each other. The last picture below is my favorite – the security and comfort that comes from years of marriage.
Thanks again, Cathryn, for giving me the privilege of photographing your family.