One thing I’ve learned over the years is that kids have an opinion and a personality from day 1. Even little babies like this one seem to convey their sense of things in their attitude and in their expressions.
A simple color palette of blues and greys worked beautifully to show off these kids’ skin tones. The glasses and vibrant hair bow drew attention to their faces, too.
What’s my recipe for a successful family photo shoot? Hope for good weather, find a location that suits the family, and leave space for that je-ne-sais-quoi to swoop in and complete the magic.
Trying to keep up with kids on the playground is tricky. Moving swings are hard to focus on! Plus does that rubberized ground give them super-speed running power or what? Still, a gorgeous playground can be a great backdrop for a photo session because the kids will really immerse in play, and forget there’s a camera at all.
San Francisco’s Noe Valley children’s theater, The Rabbit Hole, invited me to capture “Time Travel Camp.” The kids rehearsed, prepared backdrops, got their faces painted, had a lunch break outside, and got ready for the show. Using the time machine they built, the groups of “scientists” counted down to blast off to other worlds, expressed in dance. Have a peek at all the fun!
A mom-and-baby mini session is a pretty precious Mother’s Day idea, in case you’re wondering how to spend the day. Here’s some inspiration from Kite Hill – a tiny little park tucked into Noe Valley overlooking downtown San Francisco. I like finding spots not everyone has seen for especially unique photography. Even locals don’t know about this hidden spot!