My fabulous 5, my great inspiration.
After adopting 3 siblings from the same mother I was told to close my child care if I wanted to adopt the 4th sibling. I wanted the siblings to grow up together and that is why a photography business was my next option. That little sweetness and handsomeness on the right side is the reason for what I do for a living today.
I also want to thank my oldest son for being such a sport to share his bio mom with the rest of the gang.
WE ARE SISTERS FOREVER
Studio time with mom is my girls´ favorite home time activity. They love to dress up and are always ready. Posing it just right is challenging sometimes, but I love a challenge and they are fast learners.
Posing techniques have to be learned and taught by the photographer. What works for girls this age will not work for busy toddlers, but we have our bag of tricks for every age. Busy toddlers get tricked without knowing it and children with special needs is another of my favorite sessions.
Photography is about connections. If I cannot connect with my subjects, we will not be looking at photos that touch people. I make it a priority to get to know who I will be photographing so we can have the best of success.
I love to catch a moment of togetherness. Love between brothers is so special.
These are our three boys and the two littles are always chasing each other for attention and rough play. Even though the oldest is mostly busy with homework, church and community service, he always takes time to play with his two younger brothers. That is why they love him so much.
Our oldest has social challenges and is not very fond of the camera pointed at him, so we decided to let them all look at each other and I love how it turned out as it shows through how much they all are connected and love each other. We are so thankful that we were blessed with two brothers for our oldest through adoption, it has helped him to come out of his shell through active play and thereby "forced" interaction.
GETTING COZY AND COMFORTABLE
Studio time with mom is relaxing. She loves to hang out and she is my most natural poser.
This girl was our Valentine Present in 2008. The State knocked on our door and asked if we could foster her since we already were fostering her older sister at that time. By now we have adopted her and 3 of her siblings. We could not ask for a better present on such a special day.
Making it relaxing and comfortable in the studio is always a goal of mine when getting ready for sessions. The less things to do after the clients arrive, the more confidence for all parties that we are here to make it productive and end up with some great photo gems without keeping the clients on board for too long. A typical child session lasts about one hour so we can do 2-3 setups using our prop library.
Sometimes with many children in one sitting, doing an activity helps for them to focus without having to pay too much attention to the camera. It makes for a relaxed and fun photo.