Since the spring I have had the pleasure of photographing several families at beautiful locations around Hillsboro. I love photographing families. There are so many possibilities for artistic liberties and getting a laugh out of them is usually easy peasy. Sometimes I feel like these sessions are more than just photography, but memory making. I'd like to think we have fun out there. Laughing, talking, seeing new sites. It's fun, and that is the way it should be and what is remembered when seeing the images afterward.
Family photography can also be very challenging. This is especially true when there are young children involved. The LAST thing they want to do is get their picture taken, and yet we always ask them, "Do you want to get your picture taken"? They most often respond with a big "NO!". You got to laugh. There are tricks to getting the little ones to participate. Sometimes those tricks work...some times they don't. That is why I dedicate a full 90 minutes to family sessions. These things take time :-)
Once the family photo is taken care of we a lot of times have time for some fun. I like to photograph each member of the family alone, and together in different family dynamics.
And sometimes catching the unexpected moments is the real magic of a session. Especially with young kids, I let them run around and just do their thing, and then I do my best to keep up and catch those priceless moments.
For a full 90 minutes I get to be a part of someone else's family. At least that is how it feels to me. My hope is that the connection is mutual. I would like nothing better than to watch families grow over the years as their personal family photographer.