This past fall, a group of local photographers gathered (with their families in tow) in the spirit of community over competition to take professional family portraits of each other.
Each of us have thousands of professional pictures of our children. They're our on-hand models and test subjects. But, getting ourselves in the picture too - easier said than done.
You see, as photographers, we're some of the worlds worst at getting in front of the camera. It's not that we don't understand the importance of being IN the pictures with our children and/or significant others. But just like you, we have excuses. Some of us just plain don't like to be in pictures (see, it's not just you), many of us don't like to relinquish control of the session to another photographer, and most of us are just too busy photographing everyone else's families to remember that we need to be in some family portraits too.
So, to combat that problem, about 8 of us, all local, professional photographers, gathered together at Naval Live Oaks in Gulf Breeze, FL the Saturday after Thanksgiving to change all of that.
This is Rachael Phillips of Rachael Phillips Photography and her awesome family. If you check out her Facebook page, you'll see that she's much better at making sure she gets IN pictures with her family than I am. :)
This is Britney Barlow of Britney Barlow Photography and her sweet family. Just look at all those girls!
And this is Morgan O'Rear of A Thing of Beauty Photography with her lovely family. All Morgan asked is that we get a picture with her little girl smiling. LOL.
Photographing two - three year olds is hard!
And where are the pictures of my family you ask? Well, that's a long story.
Suffice to say there were lost keys and a dress that wouldn't zip - my family didn't make it.
But Britney and Rachael have got my back for pictures this spring!
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing 24 day old baby boy C. This little man refused to sleep for pretty much all of his session, but we still captured some great images for his mommy and daddy.
Black and white portraits - especially black and white newborn portraits - are one of my great loves! I ALWAYS include a few black and white pictures in each session. I shoot in color, so in order to provide my clients with a black and white image, I have to choose a picture that's lighting is right for a black and white. Usually when a client gets an image in black and white, I don't include the color file. As an artist, I feel it's my responsibility to provide each image in what I feel is it's best final form.
But, every now and then I come across a picture that I love so much that I deliver it in black and white AND in color. Like the images below. Which do you prefer?
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, mom-bun rocking, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.