I LOVE engagement sessions and I love taking pictures at the Nature institute. The day was beautiful though a little warm we managed to get some wonderful shots. These two are so cute together and even though they never had professional pictures done before they where natural in front of the camera.
Weddings are a joyous time for a couple and I love being able to share this special day with them. As their photographer I am with them every step of the way from start to finish. Sarah and Nathan had a wonderful location for their wedding. The day started out with rain and the hope was starting to fade that we wouldn’t be able to do the wedding outside. But with a lot of luck and some praying (and a minor postponement) we managed to get the ceremony in! Overall the day was wonderful and I am honored to be able to share in their special moment!
What do you get a man who has everything? This is the question I often ask myself when it comes to my grandfather’s birthday. He is turning 81 and has just about everything he could dream of. Of course I am a planner and started thinking of ideas months in advance. And one day while on one of my walks I came up with an idea; why not do a whole family session!
So the planning began. Of course I was nervous, as I wanted this session to go perfect. I first had to make sure that everyone could come once the date and time was situated things went surprisingly smooth! The day was a bit cool in the morning but as the day progressed it became warm and perfect for us to be at the park.
So ladies and gentlemen I would like to introduce you to my family!
This is my husband, kids and myself!
The whole group!
My grandfather, my father and stepmom
My dad and stepmom
The Davis Family (my Aunt and Uncle)
The Layer family
My grandfather with his kids
Planning a photo session with kids can be stressful, but planning a photo session when your child has Autism can become next to impossible. Many questions will start come to mind. How will my child react? How will the photographer react? Will he have a meltdown? Will we even get a good picture?
When my son was diagnosed with Autism earlier this year the first thing I did was start researching, joining Facebook groups and reaching out to others who have Autism. I will never claim to be an expert on the subject but after reading post from others I realized how lucky I am that my son grew up with a mom as a photographer. I have captured many wonderful moments of my son and in my eyes he will always be perfect.
But I got to thinking; if I wasn’t a photographer would I get professional pictures done of my son? I am not so sure I would. I am not saying by any means that there are not photographers out there who cannot handle my son or those who have Autism but everyday schedule tasks can be hard to accomplish so setting up a photo session can seem near impossible.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! And today I would like to give you some tips on finding the right photographer and getting your family ready for that photo session.
Finding the right photographer:
This one seems pretty simple but it can be harder than you think. Your photographer is going to be creating memories for you and working closely with you and your family. You will want to make sure that the photographer has the tools and knowledge to work with your child. The last thing you will want is the photographer walking out in the middle of a photo session because your child is on sensory overload (and yes I have heard this happening before).
So if your child loves the color blue and hates the color yellow let the photographer know! Can’t stand the feeling of grass? Let the photographer know! The more information the photographer knows the better. Anything from favorite colors, textures, sounds and anything else that could be helpful.
Be prepared for sensory overload. Sessions can be fun, but they can also be stressful. Depending on where you go and where the session takes place there could be a lot going on around you. This includes others who are not a part of the session (if taken at a local park) and even props that the photographer brings. If you and your child need a break during the session speak up and take that break. But most importantly stay calm yourself as your child can feel your stress. If you feel this is a possibility for your child discuss breaks with the photographer so they can prepare.
Getting that perfect picture:
Whether it is family pictures or individual pictures your goal is to get that “perfect picture”. One thing to discuss with your photographer is the importance of what you are wanting. Do you want a good family picture? Want more candid shots? Discuss this with your photographer so they can work to get you what you want!
Prepare your child:
New people and a big camera can be intimidating for anyone, but when you have Autism that intimidation can cause the child to shutdown. If your child is older I would suggest watching videos of photo session online. Show them pictures of different cameras. If your child is very shy even ask the photographer to meet up with you for a meet and greet before your session. This could help the child become comfortable with the sound of the camera (as some can be a bit loud) and it will give the photographer some time to get to know your child.
What to expect from JB Photography:
As a parent with a child with Autism I understand the struggles. Rest assure if you hire JB Photography as your photographer I will offer you the caring and understanding environment that you and your child needs to create those wonderful memories. In my sessions I often let the child “run the show” and be in charge. I always start out slow and allow the child get use to me, my gear and the environment we are in. During your session your child’s happiness is my number one priority and I promise to work hard to get your that perfect picture.
Lastly have fun! A photo session is supposed to be fun, try not to stress and enjoy the memories you are creating with your family. Even if everything doesn’t go as planned have faith in your photographer.
It is that time of year to start thinking of Fall and Christmas pictures. Setup this year will be similar to last years. Payment is required to hold your time and day. Email me at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
I have been photographing the F family for sometime now, so when I found out that mom was expecting you can only imagine my excited! Knowing the F family very well I know they are very laid back and fun loving. They often let me take the lead in my sessions. So when planning the session for Mr. C it was up to me on what to bring, and I have to admit, I had to hold back on bringing everything!
The session, though long, allowed us to capture Mr. C in his loving surroundings.
The Speckhard family came to me for some family pictures. We decided to do the pictures in late afternoon/evening which made for such beautiful lighting. Overall the day was wonderful and the family was lovely!
I LOVE watching my littlest clients grow and I love capturing those special moments for them! One thing that I have learned as a photographer is that things don’t always go as planned. When we planned Mr. A’s session, we planned it on his first birthday party. Without realizing it, the poor little guy was so worn out that he wasn’t having any of the pictures. So we decided so reschedule so that we can catch him in a better mood. Thankfully that worked wonderfully and we got some wonderful smiles!
I love doing themed sessions but sometimes you need to get back to the basics! This year I decided to combine my daddy and me and mommy and mini sessions into one set of session. I wanted something simple that would really focus on the families and the people in the photo. I used one of my favorite areas of the park which has been given a huge face lift in the last few months and as you can see below the sessions turned out beautifully!
Catherine and Nicolas contacted me earlier in the year. They married at a destination wedding but wanted to celebrate with friends and family. So you can only imagine the excitement I had when they booked with me! The day though a bit hectic was beautiful. Everyone came with big smiles and the day went so well!