My family was out of town for a few weeks while I was home working, so it worked out perfectly that my Aunt Liz called for a family session. I was getting a little bored of evenings home alone, just me, my coffee, and my editing so it was fun to have my cousins be my photography subjects and substitute family for an evening!
Liz suggested Thompson Lake right in Howell, and I realized I had never actually been to the lake, even though I've lived here the past 14 years. And I don't know why I haven't, it worked out so perfectly! The evening light was absolutely gorgeous!
My family has always done our own pictures, so I don't know how most photographers do this. I don't know if they take pictures like these next few, and if they do, do they give them to their clients? Regardless, I can't not.
I completely understand the whole "nice pose, once a year, get the family together so we have the memories of how everyone looked, for 20, 30, 40 years down the road" thing. But for me, the candids during the session are equally valuable, if not more. Becuase they don't just capture how everyone looked at a given stage in life; they also capture the personality. And for me, that's far more important to remember than the looks.
(For potential future clients: Although I WILL take pictures of you and/or your children just having fun and living life, they do not have to be posted publicly. I do realize not everyone wants their private behavior posted online, and I completely understand. But I got an okay on these and they were too good to not share!)
Because I love laughter :)
And then I did individual shots of the kids still in school.
Alex is the youngest. I cannot believe I've never noticed how perfectly blue his eyes are, and I loved that he was so willing to pose for me!
I love this one, because it's so Alex. I keep looking at it, thinking I would love a shot like this of someone this age, face to the sky, just kicked back and watching the clouds drift by. But that's just me.
Shane, the next oldest. I don't know if I've ever seen him without a smile on his face. He's just so enthusiastic about everything.
Beautiful Laura. I must admit, I'm a little jealous that I didn't inherit her blonde hair and gorgeous eyes...
I never really noticed how much Laura and her older sister Emily look alike until I went through these pictures. Change the hair color, and they'd be almost identical.
And then Davey. I don't know how many people call him David, but he's always been Davey to me.
And I think this one may be my favorite of the night. As we were finishing up I was standing back snapping pictures of the girls, and Liz and the boys were heading back to the car. As we turned to follow, I caught this.
This is another example of why I love candid photography. They may not always technically turn out as well as the posed, because you don't have all the time to set up the shot, but these are the moments that matter. Liz and her boys, talking, laughing, arms wrapped in a casual embrace. The Love and happiness and comfort is all so evident.
We tried another spot, but evidently the kids were getting a little tired of it all, so we called it a night.
Thanks so much, Ken, Liz, and the rest of the family! I had fun!