Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My new nephew

I was excited to hold my new nephew last night! 
This is him at one day old and about 10 lbs of cuteness.

Red Mountain Park - My kids' happy place

On President's Day this year, my kids and I played around at Red Mountain Park; feeding ducks handfuls of birdseed, running around, swinging on the disk swings and eating graham crackers until the sun was just right for a few photos. 
I promised the kids that if they gave me their best smiles and attitudes the photos would be super fast and that they could play more afterwards. The girls didn't require the bribe, but it ended up being needed to get anything out of my 3 year-old buddy. He likes to be in control these days. 

Here's what a sequence of shots looked like from him when I simply asked for his best smile:

And here are the photos that made it up on the walls in my home hallway.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lilac Vine in Bloom

I have become quite the plant-person. I love when my plants reward my labors with beauty for my eyes to enjoy.
Lilac Vine, Mesa AZ, Feb 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February at the Salt River - Couple Shots

It's important to get photos of the parents. Their relationship and love is vital to the family. 

February at the Salt River - Individual Portraits

I feel pretty confident when shooting portraits of a single person. I love how they capture the details of faces and the individual expressions. 

February at the Salt River

I'm so happy I finally had the chance to take some photos of one of my favorite families! We had a good time as the photos show. Here are a few of my favorites of the family groups. We also took couple and individual portraits and those can be viewed on separate posts.
What I learned from this photo session: It is important to communicate more clearly when I need people to move a certain way to get the pose just right. (Ex. explain more clearly how someone can have their entire face in a "window" or have all individuals in a group shot be spaced the same as to not distance any individuals from the group.) This is important to achieve the best possible end product.