I Love Portraits in the Snow!

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I found some willing victims last week for snow portraits…actually they found me. I even offered to reschedule because our session was scheduled for the coldest day of winter so far.  But some members had traveled from out of town so they had limited time to be together as a family.  And I’m happy that they used some of that precious family time for a portrait session.

Afternoon winter light is truly special, and when I saw the grove of tall trees in their front yard I knew the setting contrast against the snow and trees would be nice.  I also liked the bright colors worn by the family – and the fact that the are all truly photogenic didn’t hurt either!

It’s good to remember that just because a little wind blows and the temperature drops, don’t assume you need to be confined to dark living rooms for your pictures.

And then the boyfriend joined the shoot.
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I love that after I posed and directed these two, I just said “now just be.. hug her like you want to…” and this is what happened.
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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

It’s that time of year…

Yes, I’m late to write about Thanksgiving, but since I have photos of our annual Christmas Tree Cutting in Pennsylvania, I can say I’m early in writing about Christmas.

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I am thankful that we had a peaceful Thanksgiving weekend at home and were able to make our annual trek to meet family and cut down our tree in snow.

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We don’t get to see family much and I love the fact that Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the gifts.  Just family, friends and food.

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Now on to the craziness (I know I sound like a scrooge, and it’s
secretly my favorite time of year…mostly because of the cookies!)

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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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#TBT Portraits Then and Now…Reasons to Update Your Portraits:

I always love it when a client calls from years ago calls me and wants to refresh their portrait wall with updated family pictures.  I remember every client and often wonder what becomes of them.  In this case it was three beautiful little children, the exact ages as my own, and I was eager to see their more mature selves.  That’s what I love about portraiture.  Capturing a moment and preserving a memory for a family.

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We ended up photographing almost across the street from the location of our long ago session, and I joked with the kids that I didn’t have to dangle any lollipops in front of them this time!  The mom commented on how the kids (do I still call them this?) remembered the session and pass the pictures on the wall every day.  While culling through the photos I decided to hunt out the old ones for some cute “then and now” comparisons.

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The mom remembered this “walking away” shot from the first session and asked that we restage it.  As a mom of teenagers –  one almost out of the house, I see this picture in a different way.  Somehow it has more significance at this age, a little bittersweet but inspiring to see how they’ve grown up strong and on their way to self-sufficiency…

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