This is my second session with Rorie since he came into the world. I like to do 3 sessions during a child's first year. The newborn stage is best during the first 10 days when babies are still floppy and they sleepy. I prefer to go to my clients home for this session. It can be so much work to take a newborn on an outing, especially if its your first! I like to do the 2nd session when the baby is sitting up but not yet crawling. This is one of my favorite sessions. Babies between 6 and 9 months are smiley and fun. Most of them do not like to sit in the grass. Rorie was not exception as you can tell by the one photo of him crying in the grass. The 3rd photo shoot should be done near the first birthday. It is always a good idea to get mom and dad and siblings in on at least one of these milestone sessons. I love to create session albums and wall collages that tell the story of the first year of life.
This is by far the most rewarding thing I do all year. Mark Bealer, Vicki Daniels and I are chapter directors for the local chapter of Flashes of Hope http://www.flashesofhope.org . Every month we go to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and photograph children with life threatening illness. We often bring a team of hair and makeup artists. Each month we have a different volunteer photographer. White House Custom Color http://www.whcc.com donates the printing for every chapter in the country of which there are many. This team of volunteers brings a bright spot into the lives of people facing the greatest challenge of their lives. This is a celebration of family, hope and love. It helps to keep things in perspective for me. This was a special sesson scheduled the evening before Brittany's surgery. She has so much support in her life. I was happy to be a part of it.
Congratulations Anna Marie! I love making photographs at Eden Park. We took these during my favorite time of day, the "golden hour". The best light for portraits is 2 hours before the sun goes down. That means in the summer I can shoot outside as late as 7 PM. Spending time getting to know young people about to graduate high school fills me with optimism. They are bright, engaged and conscious individuals destined for great things.
This family is a perennial favorite. We always update their portraits in the fall and create a canvas wrap wall collage. I just delivered the most recent one to add to the collection going up the stairs in their home. I can't wait till next year! We will have to include the dog next time.
Welcome to the world! Typically I prefer sleepy newborns. They are like putty in my hands. You can practically fold them in half. This 2 week old baby was wide awake. Lucky for me she gave me a sweet smile. The first ten days are the best time to photograph a newborn. I photographed this session in the Cohen's home with a half dressed toddler running underfoot. Oh how I miss that chaos in my own life!
In the old days of film photography I would shoot 3 rolls of 15 exposure film during a portrait session. This would take about an hour and we would not see the result for a week. There were times when I would not have a single photo where everyone had their eyes open! The only solution was to re-shoot. Now I shoot 100-200 photos in and hour and when the "perfect" shot is still not there, we can "head swap". My clients laugh at me when I suggest such a thing. They don't really believe it.
Here is a perfect example. From this session, we narrowed our favoirtes down. Claudia (the mom, who happens to be my dear friend) loved the photo with the youngest sitting in a chair in the middle. She said the picture was "alive". I love that! Our favorite was the one where Zach (in the middle) was laughing, however, his brothers were squinting. Their eyes looked better in the other photo. Presto, Change-o ! I simply combined the images in photo shop to get the perfect result. the image on the left is the best one of Zach. The image in the center is the best one of his older brothers. The image on the far right is the combination of the two.
The last time I photographed these boys, Zach may have been in diapers! They sure grew up nice!