One thing I have learned in my journey with photography is that so much of my job is more than understanding my camera and equipment. That is the first step, but by far not the last step. The thing that differentiates an amateur and a professional photographer is not just understanding your equipment, but understanding people. To be a successful portrait photographer you have to know and understand the functions of your equipment like the back of your hand so that you can spend the majority of your time and energy in creating an atmosphere for your clients to enjoy. This is where the extra money you pay for a professional really plays a part in your photo shoot experience. A photographers job is more than creating a beautiful image, it is creating a beautiful atmosphere and mood so that those beautiful images have positive memories surrounding it. Have you ever had your portrait taken and you manage for everyone to pull out a grimacing smile but it took threats and bribes and not a nice tone of voice? Trust me, we have all been there. The difference between a shoot like that and a shoot with me is you will actually come away looking at the images we create together and feeling the way you look. Happy. That is my job. Making art out of your memories and making your memories your art.
This one might just be my favorite from the session.
There is no truer love that graces the face of the earth than that of a mother to her child.
There is something so incredibly sweet about this image. I just love it and everything it represents. A child under the wings of his parents.
I sincerely LOVE photographing this family. I photographed them last year and oh my gosh, I loved them then and I love them still.