Photographing Children As They Grow

Watch them grow… 5, 9,  and 17

It Feels Like Home

A benefit of being a photographer is when you are asked to return years later to photograph a family member. It feels like going home and that makes me all warm and fuzzy. 

Personal Interests Add Character

As children grow and interests are defined it gives me more to work with. I like incorporating hobbies with a persons portrait, it adds a special something that the subject and family recognize immediately. Take the young woman in the photo’s. She enjoyed swimming and started playing water polo and participating in Junior Lifeguards, she also played beach volleyball. Water and the beach played a huge part in who she is. At nine years-old she was always in the swimming pool, so I hung around the home for an afternoon while she and her sisters played and eventually got that great shot of her. The colors in the towel and pool water are awesome and that intense stare of hers was still there. Fast forward eight years and she was graduating from high school -her local beach and lifeguard tower were obvious choices for her senior shoot location… and again that intense stare, which I love. 

If you would like to start capturing memories of a family member or yourself, book a session with me.

Parent and Grandparent Portraits

Having actual printed photographs of mom, grandpa, grandma, a favorite aunt and yourself for future generations matters. 

The Printed Image 

I think we may have forgotten the importance of the printed image. We look at so many pictures everyday and carry around digital photo albums in our phones that, I think, we are a bit desensitized to the impact imagery can have.  

For Those That Love You 

Let’s talk about photographing grandma in her home surrounded by her hobbies and a life well lived. Let’s talk about having your portrait taken, for those that love you. Photographic prints truly are family treasures and future generations will be thankful that they exist.

Family Portraits Over Time

Photographing families as they grow and the kids grow-up is a favorite part of this work. It’s an honor to be asked back year after year to photograph milestones and new-comers.

As Families Grow

An only child gets a sibling; a family of three becomes a family of five; your baby is now a really cool pre-teen (it can happen ūüėČ); suddenly it’s time for senior pictures; anniversaries; just because. So many reasons to document your family. 

Generational Portraits

Some family members I am personally looking forward to photographing are grandma and grandpa. What a gift printed portraits of them will be to a family. Capturing grandpa’s hands that made the rocking horse you played with as a child, photographing grandma in the apron she nearly always wears, these are the images I long to capture. Memories that can be preserved forever in a portrait that proudly hangs on the wall.

The Printed Portrait

Wall portraits are so cool, I love creating them and I believe they become family treasures. Get in touch with me to discuss the details of a portrait session… no special milestone needed.

Covid And Personal Growth

Making mistakes; sometimes I feel this is my full-time job. I have a knack for taking a small mistake and turning it into a full blown catastrophe (I beat myself up about it and then throw in the towel because I can’t do anything right)-anyone with me on this? So during this seemingly never-ending lockdown in California, I’ve used the time to work on myself, to give myself a little pep-talk.  

I am ENOUGH, just as I am.

5,4,3,2,1… I’m excited!

Trust your gut.

Personal Pep-talks

Those are the three big take-aways for me. The I am ENOUGH one took a while to get through, but you know what? It’s true. I am also capable of making myself better by continuing to learn and continuing to make better choices. 5,4,3,2,1 was a total game changer. It allows me to gain control of my emotions before they take over. With that five second pause I am able to switch off the negative talk inside my head and change it to being excited about something. Trust your gut. We’ve all heard that a million times, but when I heard a woman talk about how she followed her gut when all the “experts” told her to do the opposite and her choice was the correct choice, it was like I heard it for the first time. 

The 5-Second Rule Changed Everything

I learned about the 5 Second rule by Mel Robbins in a Creative Live online class about how to get your shit together (Ha!). I don’t remember the actual name of the course but it was close to that. I sought out more Mel Robbins and really liked the straight forward, no BS way about her.

Allowing Myself To Enjoy The Process

What does all this have to do with photography? With these new lessons I’m shooting more than ever and I am allowing myself to do it with TLC… and I am enjoying all of it. 

If you are interested in a portrait, shoot me an email so we can discuss it.

Becoming A Portrait Photographer

When I was young I wanted to be a model (don’t laugh). When I knew that wasn’t going to happen I thought of being a fashion designer; then it became fashion photographer. 

In the 80’s

As a teenager in the 80’s I knew all the designers and the models names. This was well before celebrity models. I learned to recognize their faces and sometimes magazines would print their names. I spent all of my money on fashion magazines, particularly European magazines, which I would find in Los Angeles (not so much in San Diego). I remember throwing down $40 on an Italian Vogue once! That was a lot of money for a magazine -still is.

At art school I still thought I wanted to shoot fashion, but it ended up not being a good fit for me. I was insecure so I didn’t like that fashion shoots had teams of people on set, it made me nervous. 

Still Life to Portraiture

So instead, I started shooting food and objects- just me and a bowl of fruit. Then I moved on to portraits because I really like photographing people, I like getting a crooked smile or a laugh with closed eyes. I seek out the real, not the perfect, because honestly the real you is super important and people need to see it.

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