This little guy didn't want to sleep but we made the session work because he was just so happy! His big brother was proud and excited to show off his little brother. I was so honored to be able to capture these precious moments of the family and their newest addition!
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When that one year mark hits you cannot believe how quickly time has flown by! That precious little newborn baby has turned into a sweet, cuddly, strong-willed, and funny toddler! From first smiles that melt your heart to their first messy pasta meal to the first time they slept through the night, it has all gone by way too quickly! How did that happen in the blink of an eye? Whatever goes through your head at this moment you know it's a huge cause for celebration. A one year old photo shoot is the perfect way to take this moment and make it tangible. Whether it's a large canvas over your fireplace that makes you smile right back at their beautiful face, a one year photo album that makes everyone swoon as they turn the pages, or a collage or 5 X 7's framed in the hallway that make you stop and stare with a happy heart as you walk by. These are all great ways to make this time more than just a memory!
This year my Senior Reps in Fort Mill, SC are a couple, and not just any couple! They are one of those couples that just gets each other. They have a kind of secret language where all they have to do is look at the other to know what the other is thinking. During the photo shoot they had an awesome sense of humor and were up for my crazy photog antics! I was then lucky enough to do a fun session with them before they danced themselves silly for Prom!
There are a lot of us out there....Family Photographers! It's pretty overwhelming trying to figure out who to choose. You will be spending your hard earned money for a boutique family photographer and you want to be more than happy with your experience and portraits. Here is a guide of how to determine which photographer is best for you and your family.
1) Do you like their style?
Photography is an art. Each photographer sees the world in a different way and has their own style. Some are more traditional with a studio where people are looking directly at the camera, others are lifestyle photographers that focus on connections in a family, and then there are some photographers that do a little bit of everything. Before you choose a photographer make sure you check out their work. Look at their website, Facebook, Instagram, and email them to ask for some recent work, since not all photographers have time to continuously update their website portfolio.
2) Are they available?
Photographers that are well-known typically book up quickly, especially April-November. Start searching for a photographer at least a few months before you actually need them, especially for newborn sessions. If you need a photographer last minute you will find one, but it may not be the one you absolutely love. You want to find one that will be your official family photographer for years to come!
3) Do you like their personality?
Choosing a family photographer is like choosing a friend. Someone who will be there when you need them, make you laugh, help you feel comfortable in stressful situations (aka the photo shoot), and someone who develops a relationship with you and your family. You need to like their personality, otherwise you and your family will look stiff and uncomfortable in front of the camera and it will show in the final product. You can get a feel for their personality by checking out their Facebook page, Instagram, and website. But meeting them in person is an even better way to figure out if they're a good fit. Most photographers are happy to meet you in person first so they can show you their work and get a sense of what you are looking for.
4) Are they experienced?
You should ask any photographer you use how long they have been a photographer and worked with families or children. Just like any profession, the photographers who have more experience will typically be able to provide you with a professional product and give you what you really want. Experience is not everything, but they should at least have a decent amount of different clients in their portfolio!
If you have anything you'd like to add to this list or have any questions please comment below or email me at email@example.com. Good luck in your search and I hope you find your ideal family photographer, even if it's not me! :)
My Rock Hill Senior Reps of 2016 did an awesome job of posing, having fun, and looking beautiful! I was so happy to work with them in Downtown Rock Hill. We had a variety of backgrounds and were so lucky to get a perfect sunset with golden hour light. Gotta love it when things just work out perfectly! A huge thank you to my Senior Reps! You ladies are awesome!
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I absolutely love doing 6 months portraits because it's always been one of my favorite ages. I remember when my kids were 6 months old. They were so happy, had lots of baby fat, and could't get into much trouble because they couldn't crawl yet!
This sweet baby girl was so easy going and at that happy baby 6 month stage. We started the session with her waking up from her nap and finding me with a camera in front of her face. Instead of being scared and crying she stared at me with curiosity and wonder. Those big beautiful blue eyes just made my heart melt and I instantly knew what I needed to focus on....pun intended! I couldn't get enough of her eyes locking onto my camera. She is such a little beauty and I feel honored I was able to capture these precious moments that fly by way too quickly!
Max is already 6 months old! Where does the time go? I feel like it was just yesterday that I took his newborn pictures. Braden is still adoring him and is so happy to be a big brother. This whole family is just awesome and I feel so lucky they have chosen me to capture their precious moments!
Diana was the perfect model with her gorgeous baby belly! Before our session she filled out my hand-dandy maternity questionnaire so I could get an idea for the kind of shots she wanted. We discussed different props and outfits and we were successful in creating timeless, beautiful images that will be cherished forever!
Larisa is a natural light photographer and teacher in the Rock Hill, SC and Charlotte, NC area.