My own children…like herding cats.

Child Photography, family photos, holiday photos, toddler

You know how they say the Preacher’s children are always the wildest? Well, sometimes that applies to the photographer’s children as well. Most of the time my kids are really good at being in front of the camera, I take their picture almost every single day, they are the guinea pigs for every new light, lens or photography realated toy I get!

But when mama wants pictures, say ones for Christmas Cards? The boys get crazy! And it’s a blast. Like many shoots sometimes the out takes end up being my favorites.

What is this thing on my head?

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Take my picture like this, Mommy! 

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Sometimes the crazy ones are so precious, they end up being the one.

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I adore these because while they aren’t the “perfectly staged everyone is looking at the camera” pictures, they capture my children’s personalities perfectly. That’s my ultimate goal as a photographer. The best comments I’ve ever received are “Oh, that is so my sweet little boy!” “You captured her firey spirit perfectly!”

And this? Is my sweethearts.

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And lastly, the ellusive REAL smile on a 5 year old. It’s like the Holy Grail sometimes, isn’t it? Especially when Mommy is behind the camera. They know all my tricks which work on other children. Luckily for me, my husband is a physical comedian of John Ritter skill. When in doubt? Pratfalls. directly behind the camera.

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Like many moms, I don’t love to be in the picture, which coming from a former actress might seem a silly thing to say. But all I see is the flaws. I decided to hand the camera off to my husband and he grabbed this of the boys kissing me.

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I am trying not to focus on the flaws, inclusing the mid-kiss expression which makes me look a bit like the joker and focus on the fact that, my God, we love each other.

Oh, these pictures make my heart smile. I better get editing! I’ve got a Christmas card to make!

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The T family; Anthony, Nonie, and little Stella

baby photography, Child Photography, toddler

Every Saturday this summer my best girlfriends and I parked our booties at the shallow end of the pool and oohed and ahhed over Baby Stella. I mean, seriously, the ruffly swimsuits? The swim diaper waddle? So cute. So imagine my surprise when Stella showed up for a shoot! All that time, I never got their last name and there she was! The T family has three of the sweetest kids ever and did the camera ever love them! This was such an easy shoot for everyone but Daddy T…Stella kept him on the GO!

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The M family, Tommy & Ben

baby photography, toddler

These photos were actually taken last year, but you know, I didn’t have a website then. Silly me. I love looking back on these photos. These two boys are so darling and full of personality. It’s also fun to see how much I have grown as a photographer, both technically and artistically in the last year. This is why I love photography, it’s a constant fine tuning of the technical along with a constant playing with the artistic. Add in the variable of children and you get magic. After the turmoil of the last five years in my family’s lives I am so grateful that my husband put a camera in my hand and said “go”.

I’ve never looked back.

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Baby Ben was about 4 months at the time of this shoot, I love this age, all of the squishy little baby and a hefty dose of awareness and personality.  Big Brother Tommy even let me snap a shot or two of him, although he was VERY busy storming the playground with Max. Truly this shoot was about Ben, but if siblings are near…who can resist? Not this gal.

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I mean, honestly.

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Huck’s 2 year shoot

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Huck actually turned 2 in June but it has been ten billion degrees with a million percent humidity, so I sort of slacked on shooting him. Today was beautiful and he was in a spectacular mood so I grabbed his favorite little red wagon and his trusty Woody and we checked out one of our favorite running spots.

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cheese!

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Then he gave me a big snuggly hug. Session over.