A Day at the Beach

Family at Clearwater BeachOne of the great things about living in Florida is how beautiful it is!  There are so many parks and outdoor locations for photo shoots, but the best is the beach, hands down.  Granted you might end up covered in sand by the end of the shoot like I was.  And that might mean that your house is full of sand, which it was…and still is.  But it’s totally worth it!

If you hit the beach at the right time, you can get great light, great skies, and fewer people on the beach.  When I met this family at the beach, I got all three.  Also, I have to say that they did a great job coordinating all the outfits!  Not only do the colors go great with each other but they are sooo fitting for the beach setting!

Parents and Kids at Clearwater Beach

Happy Anniversary!

 

Cupcakes and Love

This couple didn’t have the opportunity to take wedding photos, so their wedding anniversary was a chance to celebrate their relationship and show off their family.  Interacting with these two and you can tell how special their relationship is and how much they love each other.   Here’s too many more years together!

Couple celebrating their anniversary

Family Photo

Anniversary celebration collage

Photographing Toddlers

So, you’ve got a toddler and you want some photos.  Good luck!  No, just kidding!

Whether it’s a photography session or you’re a parent chasing around your kid with a smartphone, photographing toddlers can be a challenging experience.  But for all the effort it takes, it’s worth it in the end when you get that perfect shoot!  Here are some tips to help you prepare for your toddler’s photo session, so your photographer can get that perfect shot.

1) Don’t expect your toddler to pose!

Toddler dressed as Supergirl

Have you seen any of my photos with toddlers and wondered how I got them to pose that way?  Yeah, I didn’t try to get them to pose.  That was a combination of patience, running around (on my part), and working with a fast shutter speed.  Toddlers tend to be go, go, go, so asking them to sit still isn’t likely to happen for long.  If you want to have a family portrait, try it at the beginning of the session when your little one is feeling a little more shy.  Once they warm up to the photographer and the location, they’re more likely to want to go exploring.

2) Props + toddler = good times

Props are a great way to bring out a toddler’s personality!  But, not every prop will work for every kid.  Props are something you should  discuss with your photographer before the actual photo shoot: what types of props you want in the photos, what types of props your child will be interested in, and who is bringing what to the shoot.  I recommend bringing your child’s favorite toy (or two) to a photo session as a backup in case the other props don’t work.

3) Playgrounds are where it’s at!

Toddler playing in Clearwater Florida park

One way to get a toddler more interested in a photo shoot, is to make it feel less like a photo shoot by holding it at playground.  This also works great if your child happens to be shy.

4) Bring drinks and snacks!

You probably already know this one, but make sure to have drinks/snacks on hand.  Snacks can also be a great reward if you really want your toddler to do something, such as going over to a particular location, look at the camera, etc.  This isn’t a guarantee that snacks will work as a reward, but it can work in some circumstances.

5) A tired toddler is a cranky toddler

Toddler playing in park

Do your best to make sure your toddler is well rested and ready to go!  When you’re scheduling the time of your photography session, keep in mind your toddler’s ideal time – when he/she is happiest and most likely to be well rested.  Try and work with your photographer to schedule during this time.  But keep in mind that your photographer may not be able to schedule the session at the time you’re requesting because of business hours, weather (Florida gets hotter later in the day), etc.

Happy Holidays Pet Edition

Happy Holidays Pet Edition

It just wouldn’t be the holidays with out our furry family members.

 

Pug wearing pom pom hat during holiday portrait
Pug wearing pom pom hat during holiday portrait

 

Being in Florida, it can be a little difficult to represent winter in your photos.  In Florida, we start to get cold when the weather dips into the 70s but it still looks like Spring or Summer. So for the pups’ holiday session I decided to use winter hats I found at Target with a simple string of white lights.

Pug wearing pom pom hat during holiday portrait
Pug wearing pom pom hat during holiday portrait
Pug wearing knit pom pom hat
Pug wearing pom pom hat

 

It’s hard enough to get dogs to sit still on their own let alone when you put hats on them.  So I put the pugs on a barstool, which is a trick I used to help them sit still.  Please keep in mind that they were supervised, so if they did decide to jump someone would be there to stop/catch them.

Pet holiday portrait
Dogs check each other out during holiday portrait
Dog poses for photo wearing aviator hat
Dog wearing aviator hat gives a raspberry.

My Very First Blog

So I’m not much for writing (that’s my sister’s forte), but I’m going to give it a shot.  If you’re really in to punctuation placement, you may not want to read my blog.  So far I’ve spent about 5 minutes writing this and mentally telling myself, “Commas are your friend, not your enemy.”  Anyway, onto the good stuff!

So naturally, the easiest first blog revolves around my children. I have three of them.  They all have fur.  And four legs.

For this shoot, I focused on our two pugs (Bugsy and Kallie) mostly because our larger dog Dexter is a little camera shy.  I’d been wanting to capture our pugs’ food obsession for awhile.  So, I picked up a few treats from PetSmart, put them just out of reach, and let them go nuts.  Needless to say, I ended up with some really fun photos.  But, don’t worry.  No pugs were harmed in the making of these photos and they both got treats at the end.