Holiday photos in southern California are pretty unique. We dont have snow and a big sweater, that would look contrived in the 70 degree heat. But when one of our favorite families has a new addition, it calls for a special effort. With all the beautiful parks in Orange County its hard to miss. We may not have ugly Christmas sweaters, but we still have fun.
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!