Category: Toddlers & Children
This adorable little boy had his one year old session on his birthday, and this year he came to me for his second birthday. I am sensing a trend . . . I think I am going to pencil him for next year. He wasn’t so sure about having his picture taken at first, but he soon warmed up. His mom brought this vintagy (is that a word) outfit that worked so well in the studio. I love that I have this studio space that has it’s own uniqueness that is the perfect drop for so many of my session. Why make it harder than it has to be? Use what you have is a great thing. It’s got character . . . kind of like this little man. By the way, I love that his hair complemented my hardwood floors! And, I wanted to steal the bike that his mom brought for his session.
When one of my clients contacted me to ask if I would be willing to do a session with the cousins, I knew what I was getting myself into with the session. She was very clear that the session would be with 6 kids ages 2 and under with the youngest one only one month old. I knew it would be a challenge, but I was up for it. The goal was one good picture with all of them, and I suggested we also try to do some groupings and individual pictures, too. For the most part, I think it went well even though we did have to execute plan B and plan C in some picture set-ups. I think we were able to accomplish quite a bit that day including one good picture with all of them (and it was literally one good picture in the 2 dozen pictures that we took of the group!)
My goal for 2014 is to utilize my blog more for sharing sneak peeks and session and information. Even though I have posted stuff for the new year, I thought I just had to share this little cutie from the Christmas mini-sessions I did AFTER Christmas!
Awesome Sisters, Awesome Athletes, Awesome Coach | Southern York County Pennsylvania Family Photographer
These girls are awesome. They are nice, polite, funny. They are talented athletes. I love them! This session was a gift for their Dad who happens to be an awesome coach. He has been a coach for my daughter for basketball or softball for the past 3 years. Here is the thing about their dad, he has done more for my daughter than to just teach her how to throw a ball, steal a base and slide into home. He has taught her about being a friend, working hard, having a positive attitude and being a good sport. I am sure that he realizes that he is a role model for them, but to be honest I don’t know if he realizes how much of an impact he has on these girls. And, I am confident that the girls don’t realize what an impact he has made on them. Thank you!
Just as in real estate, location is one of the big factors to consider when you schedule your photo session. A location must take into consideration of what type of session and the time of day you schedule the session. Today, I am going to focus on toddlers. I have found that a session for a 2 year old only has so much time in quality shooting time. They are just way too busy. So I go for a handful of pictures that are posed, but most of my pictures are catching them in action. I usually bring a chair, bench or even a small box to help distract them. I also have found that an open area and some trees are key to a session. It gives them room to run around, and it gives some shade especially when their schedules may not be as flexible to shoot in prime lighting time. For some clients, they have a great yard, or they have family or a friend with a farm. For other clients, it is about finding a location . . . here are a few locations that I have had recent sessions, and a little bit about what I like about them.
This is Gladfelters Station. It is just off of the NCR trail, and I like it because it has some open areas and this really cool bridge. It also works well for morning and afternoon/evening sessions as far as lighting.
This location is one of my personal favorites. It is Wallace Cross Mill in Stewartstown/Felton. I love this place because of the mill and the stream and the trees. It is best as an evening location because of the position of the sun. It is a great family location, and it can be a good location for smaller children. It sits right on the water (because it is a mill) so it can be a little distracting for smaller kids, and I won’t lie I have had a kid or two jump in. One drawback is that there are open houses and events at this location, so it is important to take that into consideration when shooting here.
This session is at a private residence that I can go to whenever I’d like to use it (well, most of the time). I love it because it works for just about anytime of day. It has open space and lots of green all around. It also has mature trees. It doesn’t have anything exciting, but it is perfect because it is secluded and quiet. It is a pretty awesome back drop.
I was recently introduced to this location. And, it is a pretty nice place for photo sessions. It is Reservoir Park in York. It is an open area/field area right next to a parking lot, so it is easy to bring props and not a lot of walking for little legs. It is perfect for morning sessions with the location of the sun. I love it because of the open area/field area, and it has trees that are fun to play peek-a-boo. Just like the private residence there isn’t anything exciting about this location (because there is no bridge or mill) but it does provide a nice back drop for pictures.
I often get asked how my kids are about getting their pictures taken from my clients. Well, it depends on the situation, and it depends on which kid is in front of the camera. For example, I have one daughter who won’t let me take her picture unless her hair is perfect, and I have one who is a complete ham. But I’ll give you some insight into a recent session that I had with my girls.
The girls had just gotten their hair cut and the weather was awesome, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity for an impromptu session. When I suggested it, they were all for it. We mutually agreed on a place- Wallace Cross Mill. Then, we needed to pick something to wear . . . and this is where it got ugly. My one daughter did not want to wear a dress (I don’t have a lot of options for her) which means she had a temper tantrum. Yep! She is 11 years old, and she had a temper tantrum like a 2 year old. I give them some positive reinforcement (aka I bribe them with a trip to Rutters for milkshakes) to cooperate. At this point, I think this is going to be an epic fail. My 11 year old is still sulking. And, I have this pit in my stomach that my 13 year old is going to suddenly become uncooperative.
Then it hits me. I need to handle this just like I would handle any session. Let the kids have fun with it and let them be a little silly. I won’t rush them. And, I’ll let them set the pace. And, that is what will result in more natural, genuine smiles. Here are some of our “outtakes” so you have a little bit of an idea of what happens during a session- goofy faces, photo bombing from my son who didn’t get his hair cut, funny poses, eyes closed and a little teasing . . .
This last picture is one of my favorites . . . number one daughter told number two daughter that there was a snake. Seriously?! Stay tuned for the “real” session pictures.
How lucky am I? I also got to photograph this handsome guy in his first communion attire.
I was so lucky to have the opportunity to photograph this beautiful girl in her first communion dress. Some sessions just beg me to edit them a little differently like this session. It’s a little vintage, or as one of my recent clients called it Instagramy (pretty sure that is a new word.) Isn’t she gorgeous . . . and not everyone can do wings, but this girl makes it work.