Happy Fall! The season for family photos has officially begun with the Woodard Family. You may remember mom, Keilah, from my recent personal branding session with her. And if your local and her face is familiar it’s because she’s the awesome mom behind Sacramento Sidetracks, a website that keeps Sacramento families up-to-date with all the latest events and kid-friendly activities.
I love that this family wanted to double-up on their mini session spot so they could capture grandparents and their grandkids together. In many families, like mine and this family’s, grandparents are a huge part of a kids’ life and the relationship they have together is so special, unique and different than the one between parents and their kids.
Moms and dads: when was the last time you included YOUR parents in a family photo?
Super love this family and their fun-loving nature and especially the challenge of trying to capture teenagers with some younger kids.
Whether in a park or snuggling on a favorite couch, it’s probably time you captured your kids with their grandparents.
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OMG, Jon is just the cutest five-year-old boy ever and the son of my much-loved hairdresser Jess (shoutout to Jess who is continually reinventing my hairstyle and hair color, appointment-by-appointment.)
Initially feeling a bit shy when he got out of the car for our session, Jon quickly warmed up with some fun games and, before we knew it, he was jumping, dancing, running, and making up his own poses.
But, like all boys his age, you can’t beat a good fart for a total belly-laugh. (See last photo.)
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What a fantastic afternoon I had with these three ladies in Old Sacramento this month!
I had met mom, Kate, when I photographed her and her husband for some headshots late last year and was so excited to meet her mother and her daughter, Izzie, in a session orchestrated by Izzie from the East Coast, where she now lives.
Mother-daughter relationships are especially close to my heart because of my own experiences as a daughter and a mother to a daughter, so it was wonderful to see these three smart, witty, and formidable women together, laughing and sharing stories about the past.
It was interesting too to see how similar grandmother and granddaughter are; outgoing, talkative, and vivacious, while Kate’s personality is much more thoughtful and subdued, soaking up their laughter and energy. I loved watching her watch them, enjoying their constant laughter. This, too, reminds me of my own life, where my daughter and mother are thick-as-thieves and I have often found myself being the one quietly watching them together.
Multi-generation family sessions are a wonderful gift to yourself and your family. We spend so much time photographing the youngest members of our clan – and for sure our little kids are cute – but we need to keep remembering to document the love we share with those a generation or two above us.
I have been photographing the Rogers family since their son, Nicholas, was born 6 years ago. Mom, Sara, and I calculated during our recent session that we have had probably more than 10 photo shoots together since then!
Arriving at their beautiful Craftsman home in East Sacramento, I see my photos on every wall. As a photographer in a mostly-digital world, I can’t tell you how satisfying that is, to see your photos printed and hung, to know that the moments you captured are seen and enjoyed by the family every day. I am definitely a digital file hoarder myself (my eleventy terabytes of storage give me away, so there’s no point in lying) so I get why folks want to know they have that file. But there’s nothing that replaces the images on the wall where you pass by them in the morning, sleep in your eyes, or during the day with a laundry basket cradled in your arms. You can’t get that from a digital image that you have to sit down at a computer and purposefully open and then stare at. Does anyone actually do that?
Our session this January started at their home, where I got to meet Sara’s dad (aka: Grandpa) and spend a little time capturing him with Nicholas. Then Sara, Jeremy, Nicholas, and I all took a walk through their awesome little neighborhood and stopped at some alleys with cool murals and rusted, corrugated metal walls.
I loved the combination of capturing them getting ready to head out the door, some portraits, and some more documentary-style shots of them on their walk and thanks to places like KreAdiv Collective you can get a physical portrait or the digital one.
I talk a lot about how my sessions can be a little bit of everything if you’re willing to play along with me and Sara and Jeremy are a great example of a family who are always willing to do that. The result is that they get their family-together shots, their portraits, but also the moments that otherwise get lost on the cutting room floor, the ones that remind us in 20 years of what it was like to be us at that moment in time.
Family sessions don’t only have to take place in Fall
I'm Michelle and I love vampires (before they were cool), peanut butter and that deliciously off-balance feeling you get when you step off a plane in a new country. I'm also a mum, a writer and a visual storyteller.
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