End of the Year Musings…

It’s hard to imagine that another year has flown by.  Even my kids noticed and commented that the time is passing quickly; when I was a child, it seemed to take forever from one Christmas to the next one…maybe time is really speeding up?

The passing of a year is yet another reminder that the value of my work is capturing moments that are vanishing too fleetingly.  I am thankful that I have caught my family in pictures at various times throughout the year, although I wish I had taken even more.  I realized mid-December that we had not yet had a family photo taken.  As much as I love my candids, my lazy vacation mood shots, my artsy one-child-in-the-snow shots, I had not one shot of all of us together.

We did manage to have a relative take a quick one of us as we went to cut down our tree, but I wish I had planned more…I wish I made that effort that I have helped so many other families accomplish this year.

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Maybe I didn’t do it.  But I did enjoy helping others capture memories this year.  What I love about my photography business is that I get to help build and preserve memories for others.  And this year I helped create memories for parents of high school seniors, weddings, families, events and newborns.

And when I photograph a family, a special event or even a portrait, I love that I often get to meet a new people and have fun with their family dynamics. I share in their special moments, and I give them all an excuse to squeeze a little closer together, laugh a little and make a memory.

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Thanks to all of you who have brought me into your lives for that brief moment!

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And welcome to my youngest model….

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Happy Holidays to all and looking forward to a great (but hopefully not so fast) 2015

Senior Session at the Farm

When my second child was born, 16 years ago, I needed to make a decision whether to return to my job as a marketing and public relations consultant or become a stay-at-home-mom.  As my maternity leave days counted down I met a group of moms that were pretty much the reason I felt comfortable enough to leave my steady job and start a different chapter of my life.  I have mentioned my friend, Wendy, in other blogposts – significantly the one which described how, after introducing me to gardening, home crafts, and baking – she decided to take it all one step further and move out to a farm in the country.

Who could guess that these years later, she would ask me to visit her on the farm to take her son’s senior portrait.  It’s really so hard to believe, that the handsome young man with the easy nature and casual smile, was the toddler that used to jump in rain puddles with my kids in their diapers, then share large slices of chocolate chip bananna bread, while Wendy and I would peruse seed catalogs, planning our next season’s garden.

Here is a shot from way back then….he was one of my first subjects.

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I loved photographing Sam on the farm where’s he lived since kindergarten. He was quite comfortable among the goats and roosters…and then there’s that wonderful red barn. Wendy has indicated that the barn door may be on it’s last legs, and I let her know that if she happens to bring it to my backyard in Vienna, I wouldn’t be able to refuse it!

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When taking some quick shots of my daughter, we realized the hazards of photographing with animals, as the very friendly goat relaxed a little too much during the session…

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In Search Of….Class of 2015 High School Senior Reps

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I am looking for Senior Reps for the Class of 2015.  If you know of a rising high school senior in the Northern VA area who is interested in participating, please have them fill out the form below.  I will be selecting 4-5 students to be my 2015 Senior Reps/Models, and they will receive a discounted photo session, mobile photo app and opportunities for cash rewards for referrals.

Here are some more examples of my senior portraits, and here are details on the packages.

Congratulations Class of 2014!

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Finally the sun has come out in Virginia and we’ve been catching up on some senior sessions as the flowers all seem to be peaking at the same time.  In the past few weekends I had the pleasure of photographing some great seniors including this one who defines vivacious and couldn’t seem to stop smiling and laughing (not that I’m complaining!)   And a young man who impressed me when we walked by a small piece of trash in the street and he did not think twice to pick it up and toss it in the nearest trashcan, and then a second later, threw a ball back to some tennis players when it had gone over the fence.  I wasn’t surprised to learn he was an Eagle Scout and that he was doing this photo session as a gift to his mother for Mothers Day.
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I also got to photograph a smart and creative young lady who dressed up and posed in her more formal attire, but seemed to be most in her element when I photographed her down the by the stream bed behind her house.  That’s what I love about this job, photographing seniors where and how they’re comfortable and having fun at the same time!
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I have great hopes for the future with these young adults entering the next phase of their lives and education and I wish all my seniors the best of luck!

 

 

Behind The Scenes at a Senior Photo Shoot: A Ball field, Bleachers, and a Racoon (Senior Photography Session)

This past weekend I had the pleasure of a senior photography session for a senior boy who I have known since preschool (in fact I remember pushing my stroller around the block and introducing myself as a new mom in the neighborhood and making friends with this family who became an integral part of our life, including holiday celebrations, school and PTA activities, cub scouts, emergency contacts, sports and dogsitting!)   We had a beautiful late afternoon for our session, wedged in between windy and cold days so we lucked out, and I had the added benefit of the dad bringing along his camera and shooting me shooting the son!  I enjoyed seeing the resulting photos and thought I’d share them to give an idea of what happens during these sessions.

First thing to know is that if you come along on the shoot, you will be used!  Mom and sister made great assistants, blocking the late afternoon bright sun, and all pitching in to temporarily move some lumber and other items that made for a less than perfect shot!

Second thing to know is, we have FUN! My goal is that we all are comfortable and make this something enjoyable and not to dread – especially for teenage boys who are doing this for their parents not really for themselves.  We even had an interesting racoon sighting, which hopefully wasn’t rabid, but he wasn’t scurrying away from us either (photos of that included here).

Since highschool baseball is a big part of Andrew’s life, we started over at the field.  Then a few in front of the Madison High School murals.

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When I position people I often demonstrate the pose.  Sometimes I forget that guys aren’t quite as flexible as me…I may move you multiple times depending upon light and angle, but I don’t ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do!

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Next, we went to another part of town where I continued to move my subject (and myself) around.  I never realized how much of a workout I was getting at these shoots until I saw the photos!

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More movement, more instructions.  Andrew was a great sport, but I think he was about done by the end of the session.

And THEN, the raccoon wandered into our shoot.  Parents attempted to intimidate the critter, and were caught on camera.

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