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’ve never been very good at putting a fashionable outfit together. I more of a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal. And forget trying to coordinate an entire family of people. I may be a photographer with knowledge of color theory, but applying it to outfits is a whole different thing.
My sister-in-law, on the other hand, is awesome at it.
From the outfits, to the location, to the subjects, this photo sessions was one of the best sessions I’ve ever had. I always love taking pictures of my niece and nephew because it’s just fun to spend some time with them without having to manage my own children. When I had my Big White Box mini-sessions about a month ago, Kristin and I decided to try to get some pictures of all the kids together for grandparent gifts. The result? Me quickly standing my screaming two-year-old in there and then running behind the camera while all the other kids in the box give my son a look of annoyance. As you can imagine, the pictures are just fantastic (to be read with lots of sarcasm). I love my kids, but I really hate having to be their photographer. And I swear it’s not because I make them pose for pictures all the time. I don’t. As every mommy knows, there’s just something about being the mommy that makes them act differently for you than for other people.
But when I get to just hang out with Rylie and Bennett, I’m able to get into my photographer groove and get smiles like this:
(If you don’t know who “Sweet Baby Boy” is in that image above, you can read my last blog post about the R Family . I wish I could share some pictures of him from our session at the covered bridge – he’s such a cutie!)
I was so impressed with Rylie’s maturity this session. She was so flexible about when she got to get her pictures taken (Bennett first…no second…no now he’s ready…first again). She’s also so comfortable in front of the camera. No forced smiles…she just engages with me and laughs like crazy.
I love the challenge Bennett gives me when I bring out my camera. He is such a sweet boy, but (very much like my own daughter), when he makes up his mind to be stubborn about something, he’s really good at it. I was a little worried when he crossed his arms (literally) and dug his heels in (figuratively) right at the beginning of the session. Rylie and I huddled up and tried to come up with the best way to get him on board. I suggested taking pictures of Rylie first, and that immediately got his attention since he didn’t want to go second. Of course, he didn’t buy into my attempts to get him to stand still. Running is always more fun when you’re young. But with some skill and a little luck, I can get great running shots like this:
Since I wasn’t having much luck getting any ‘still’ pictures, I pulled out my secret weapon pretty soon after that: the balloon. I still haven’t figured out the magic of it, but kids will do almost anything I ask when I start blowing up a balloon. I usually save it for later in the session since the magic often wears off, but I had no such problem this session. We used that balloon the entire time and the kids loved every minute of it!
As always, I got some pictures of Jeff and Kristin at the end of our session (no balloon required). The images I got this year have to be some of my favorites of them. Their years of marriage reveal themselves through the obvious comfortableness and adoration that is apparent in these images.
I am one lucky girl to have married into such a wonderful family!
(PS – If you’re still in need of fall portraits, I’ll be back at this same bridge on October 18th and 25th. Email me to schedule your mini-session!)