This little guy makes the best animal sounds! I laughed so hard watching him from behind the camera make all sorts of animal sounds on cue. He is so laid back and happy. I’ve had the joy of watching him grow this past year and it’s truly amazing to see the changes. It was only a couple of weeks before this session since I had last seen him (for an aquarium playdate) and it seemed like he grew an inch in that time. You can look back at his growth from his 6 months session to his one year session and now at 16 months old.
I am finding it hard to believe that it’s December already. This year has passed so quickly and it’s been one filled with many joys and blessings. Instead of sharing more traditional professional images (a difficult task since I sent in my favorite lenses for service at Nikon before completing this project–oops!) with you of my interpretation of blessings for this month’s blog circle theme, I decided to share my everyday life this past month as seen on my Instagram feed. I have so much for which to be thankful. My life is filled with so many blessings I simply cannot count them. It is a true blessing getting to do what I love and live a fulfilling life. My passions are clear just by looking back at my IG snapshots this month.
Hey, if you’re an IGer, you can follow me @beirab.
Click through to view Gigi McGill’s interpretation and follow along in the blog circle until you find yourself here again.
One of the greatest pleasures I’ve had in my business is having numerous families come back to me to update their family and children’s portraits. I’ve had the special opportunity to photograph this little girl over the last three years. I’m truly humbled that her family has trusted me to document a part of her childhood. You can see her growth by going back to her previous photo sessions: sitting up at 6 months | close to walking at 10 months | toddler | 2 years old
The light on the evening of the session was just gorgeous and with a sweet girl giving me expressions like this (below) you know I was in photographer’s heaven
The weather did not seem to be on my side in the month of October. This senior session got rained out twice. Fortunately for me, this senior was so cool and calm about it. Her mom is pretty cool too. You would not believe I was calling her by the wrong name for half the session until she corrected me. I had one of those “omg” moments of embarrassment and feeling completely silly. She was so nice about it though, that I was able to laugh at myself and go on with the rest of the photo session.
I really love working with senior girls. I like watching them open up in front of the camera lens. Usually they start out a bit timid but once they warm up to me and the camera all of their beautiful confidence shines right through their eyes. This lady was no exception.
You wouldn’t know it from this shot, but her best friend was being camera shy and did not want to be in the photo at all. I’ll admit that I was nervous we would not get any good ones, but somehow we managed to get her to sit for a few seconds…long enough to get a cute one.
Often it doesn’t take a breath-taking location for beautiful senior portraits to be made. I want to share a “behind the scene” sort of speak from a recent session of a very lovely senior girl. She had requested some casual images at a particular location and also some images that would include more of a green/field backdrop. It would have been easy to drive to a nearby park that offers that natural setting she wanted…actually, it had been a part of the plan but it started drizzling halfway through our session. I knew I had more than enough images for her gallery, but I still wanted her to have the images with the feel she requested. We made that happen without having to drive to the local park. You can see more from her session in this previous blog post.
It’s so awesome to have clients trust me with a less than stellar location without questioning the photo worthiness of the spot. Below is a pullback and a couple of images that we were able to create in the midst of drizzling rain. The lighting of the pullback image is different because I went back a couple days later to take it (so I could share with all of you). The session images were made on an overcast day with an 85mm lens. I knew the type of compression/bokeh I would get with this lens and the space within I was working.
When I start working in a new spot during a photo session, I like to explore shooting from different angles. I started working right in front of her after directing her to walk into the “field”.I moved to my left (her right) and had her turn in an almost 90 degree angle to capture the two images below. You would never know we were in the overgrown wild bushes off the side of a parking lot if I hadn’t told you
It’s not always about the location, but certainly always about the person in front of the camera.