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Photographing a photography family . Tam and Steve and Aubs on a perfect fall day . Ypsilanti, MI

It is both a relief and a worry to photograph another photographers family… On the one hand, they aren’t missing out on the perfect portrait of their little girl.. Both Tamara and Steve are fantastic photographers and so I knew that this isn’t their one and only chance for that “perfect” image.   On the other hand, I myself anyway, always feel a bit of eek, taking pictures of someone who knows not only what lens I’m using but how to work the light their way can make me feel a bit “in the spotlight.  Tamara helped me with the first step of getting a darkroom in place and I wanted to thank her with a little family session.  Nothing fancy, an afternoon in the life, them just being them and of course we’d throw in a couple family portraits because CAMERA HOLDERS NEED TO GET IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA NOW AND AGAIN!!!!

Aubrey did some painting, we went on a walk, chased the cats and nuzzled the dog and even got a few of mom and dad on their own.  These kind of lifestyle sessions, unscripted are my favorite.  Thank you all for letting me hang out with you it was a joy.


What I love about this session is it includes all the things we usually do at a lifestly session… I love the portraits where we’re all trying to look at the camera, the parents get the kids to look then LOOK at the kid to see if they are looking!!! :)  This is my favorite “outtake” so I guess it’s not an outtake if I include it everytime it happens!

It always takes a bit for the kids to warm up, here is this stranger in the house staring at them and so usually I play for a bit or have them show me their favorite stuff… We painted and then she showed me her beautiful sunny room and her bow and arrow which she drew and shot at me!!! (I missed the bolt coming at the camera (it was soft) because I ducked)

Then it was outside to play!

The family cats followed us wherever we went even on the walk!!! This hammock swing was awesome and she loved it because it was hard for me to get a picture in there, photographers kids are always the best at avoiding the camera!!!

Then we did some hide and seek, she was going to count, but then decided to hide.  But I found her and got this cool shot… 

We tried a family shot here and it was not going to happen so we decided on a walk instead!

Maybe it’s time for a break instead :) Mom got some photos with her other little baby.

And then we were ready.  The neighborhood was like one big beautiful park… I lived in Ypsilanti for a few years and loved it.  It’s looking amazing!!

The cats really did walk with us!!

This is my favorite set, those games you play all the time, the ones the kids ask for over and over again, like swinging or reaching for the leaves, these are the magic moments, these are the memories that you will go back to again and again as you look back and they will look back on as they get older with so much love and joy.  These are the moments that are timeless. 

It’s on the way back home that I did a bit of direction.  A cool yard to play in (friends of the family), maybe a couple looks at the camera!  When we’re about done the pressure is off and the kids (and parents in some cases) feel a lot more relaxed.  The hard part is over and there never was a hard part!

This is where we took the “family” pics above and got the cats in it to boot!!! Then it was time for the kid part to be over and I did the pics that I think are as if not more important.  The parents… because right now you want the adorable photos of your littles, and I love them too, but in 50 years, the littles will want the photographs of the parents and I want to be sure they have them.

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