What a beautiful family! When you blend together two families, there are usually bound to be issues and kinks. I’m sure there are some in this group as well, but when I took their family photos, you would have thought they had been together always. And with a new little one on the way, it will give this couple a round number of six. And it’s a girl! Good thing, because big sis is a bit out-numbered.
It was quite a humorous session. With 15 mph winds, a temp high of 45 and no sun, you can imagine the chill that was in the air. But we made the best of it by keeping the cars running and doing shifts. Mom and Dad, just kids, whole family, just boys, etc… You get the picture. And it didn’t hurt too much either that I had a package of chocolate sandwich cookies in my car. Hey! I know this brood and what it takes to keep them on my side! I, like most, am not above bribery for a good shot!
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She said that she wanted some new family photos. I recommended that we wait until fall when the temps are a bit cooler. She said how does next week work for you? Um…… okay. So fall is out then. We planned it for the following Saturday.
After a while of shooting, her husband asked if she wanted him to get the thing they made out of the car. I had no idea what was happening. He brought back a board and asked me where he should put it. I told him I didn’t know because I wasn’t quite sure what it was. Then he turned it around.
It took a minute for it to sink in for me. But when it did I gave her a big hug and started to cry. You see, she is a friend of mine and I see her daily because we work together at our church daycare. I had no idea! The last I knew, they were done having children. Yep! She lied to me. She said that she always wanted more but didn’t want people bugging her on when the next one would come. I guess her strategy worked.
Needless to say, fall would have been a little late to share the news, which is why it happened sooner. Thankfully, the morning we chose was not blistering hot or muggy so it all worked out perfectly!
I think I can honestly say that this is my first family session that hasn’t involved small children. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to handle it, but it only took a few minutes to get into the swing of things. The dogs helped out a lot! It was like corralling toddlers so there wasn’t too big of a difference. 😉
I’ve known the Freburgs for quite a while now, but have never really interacted with their sons much. I learned very quickly that they are a fun family. And the daughters-in-law (one to be) fit in perfectly!
Thank you, Freburgs, for allowing me into your evening for a few hours even though it pushed into your dinner and you had to eat late.
Fall sessions with return clients who have become friends are one of the reasons that I have chosen to be a photographer. Anyone can take pictures of a lot of people. But if those people don’t come back to you, you must be doing something wrong. I want images that not only showcase my talent, but that tell a family’s story.
I know that most parents want every picture of their child smiling and behaving, but my favorite shots every time are the ones where the child lets down their guard and is comfortable enough with me to NOT smile. That’s when I know I’ve won them over. And those images, to me, are the most priceless.