Believe it or not, all of these images were taken within two hours! It was sunny inland, where we started with our field session, and cloudy on the beach. Fortunately, this senior was beautiful everywhere!
It was so much fun to photograph this family for the first time, especially since two of their girls were my students long ago in English class! Now they are sweet moms with beautiful young families and adorable children. <3
It’s always a treat to photograph this gorgeous extended family, and it has been my honor to capture them over the last few years, as their family has grown.
Since the beginning of my photography career, this wonderful extended family has been a constant source of encouragement. They are spreading out around the country this year, so it was a big priority to photograph the whole family while they were together over the holidays. Our morning time slot threatened rain, and rain it did, but we still got these important photos of the family together. Such fun cousin love! And the puppy!
For the last several years, my sister Melanie Monroe and I have traded photo sessions. Each of us photographs the other’s family and then edits the images of her OWN family. This year, Melanie drove with us way out into the wilderness for the “foresty” location my husband and kids requested. I edited the images and made up our Christmas card long before she sent me her edits, which she did “just for fun.” I love to see how two different photographers can take the same original file and give it their own unique style. I love both of our edits! Melanie went with a moody, autumn look. I chose my usual pastel ways. Both are keepers!
Here are Melanie’s finished images from our session:
Aren’t they great?
Here is an example of the type of RAW image we both started with, with my edit and hers side by side beneath it.
And here’s my Christmas card, which looks like springtime, while Melanie’s images look like fall!
For the last five years, my sister and I have been organizing a special photo session for our kids for our mom’s birthday gift. When we started, our children were two, four, and seven. Hard to believe they’re now six, eight, and eleven. Growing up! This year, we even let the kids do some of the photography!
Here are years past: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014:
. . . and here is 2015! We had two cameras going this year, so be sure to check out Melanie’s beautiful images (and some fun words, too, because Melanie is extra good at words) over on Melanie’s blog!
I do so many beach sessions that sometimes I forget how much I enjoy the occasional field shoot! This local family preferred more of a park look over the beach, so we headed out east and took advantage of all the beautiful green the recent rains left us. The kids were all wonderful, and I love the family connections and personalities captured in this session!