Its always special when I can take photos of a family. And its even better when I can do it for a close friend like Randy and his family. Randy, another OC photographer has been a friend for many years, and I just talked him into a family photo shoot. It was an honor to capture some images that they can add to their collection of memories.
When you have been a families photographer for several years, there are a few elements that come in to play.
First, the awe, at how fast time fly’s by, and how quickly kids go from awkward, to grown up. When did that happen?
Second, the expectation of delivering great images, that show growth in skill and creativity.
Next, trying new things, new poses, new locations, so the family stays excited about the process.
Finally, that comfort of knowing how to get the smile, and when to press the shutter.
If you get all the elements together, in harmony, you can deliver a collection of photos, that once they are printed and framed, can make mom well up with tears of pride and joy, at her beautiful family, and the memories you helped to capture.
A few days before Christmas, my cousin Trevor and his wife Penny welcomed our newest family member, their son Lyric. We had a nice visit with the family yesterday and snapped a few photos. Family photos are a bit different, when it was actually your family.
After last Christmas, Patty let everyone know that all she wanted for Christmas this year was family photos with her children. So this morning I met Patty, her husband, 3 children and 1 daughter-in-law to give her the Christmas wish she asked for. I bet she will remember this gift much longer than whatever she got last year. Happy Holidays!
Here is a little collection of photos that I took yesterday. I took these with the Fuji Xpro1, the new camera system that I have been using for about a month. Normally, on a shoot like this, I would take my Canon SLR system. Not because the photos are better with an SLR, but because they are easier and faster out of the SLR. But its not always a race is it?
I wasnt worried, Debra came along with her lightning fast Nikon D700, so we were covered. And I have had this family in front of the camera a few times, and they even love my crappy photos, so there were no worries.
The gripes I have with the Fuji are its slower than SLR focusing speed, slower than SLR speed that it writes the images to the memory card, and its inability to let you review your shots while it is processing the previous image. The good news is the new firmware update that comes out in 9 days addresses these issues and I am looking forward to see how that helps an otherwise amazing little camera.