The afternoon of this session was unseasonably cool, but we were well into November at this point and rescheduling was not an option. Luckily the kids rallied, the winds slowed, and were able to capture this beautiful family in all of their glory.
I have photographed these sweet faces for years now. I have watched them grow into beautiful little girls. I have watched their personalities develop and shine throughout the years. I have watched the walls of their home fill with portraits from our sessions together. I have watched their parents love grow each year as they move through the days together
If I can't create an experience for my clients in which they feel comfortable and walk away feeling as though it has been a positive experience, regardless of the final images I feel as though I have failed them. The truth of the matter is if I am unable to "connect" with my clients the chances that I will produce images that they will relate to are slim to none. I think as a consumer it's important to take some time to chat with the photographer you hire first. Make sure you "click!" Ask around to see who else has worked with this person to get a better understanding of how your photographer will work with your family.
I happily embrace the chaos that comes along with photographing small children. Children are meant to run free, explore, laugh, and be silly. Why would I want to capture anything different than moments like these? My time with these two young boys in their families was an adventure indeed filled with running, laughter, snuggles, and hugs, lots of hugs.
Our time together for portraits was fun, easy, and relaxed. It's always important to me to capture a beautiful portrait of each child, but more importantly, I want to capture the essence of who they truly are. I think this session was the perfect combination of both.
I met the mom from this sweet family when she hired Lumina for a new headshot. She shared a story with me that day about how she would really like Family Portraits at Odiorne Point in Rye, NH someday. She went on to tell me how when she first moved to NH with her family it was an overwhelming experience, as is any time of great change in our lives. During this period of great change for her and her family she found solace and peace at Odiorne Point and while at that point family portraits were not necessarily in the budget, she knew that someday they would be.
Spring is on the horizon and people are on the search for family portrait photographers in New Hampshire. I still pinch myself on a regular basis to make sure my life is reality and not some dream I conjured up. While owning your own business if full of hustle and disappointment at time, the good that comes along with it far outweighs any of the negatives.