how to photograph a family with young kids

When we first moved here, one of the first three people I met was our realtor Christiana Santiago.  Believe it or not, we found her through Zillow.  I never would have guessed that I would get such a great realtor by filling out a form online (most of the time, no one responds or they are completely useless).  We are now in our New England dream home because of her hard work and patience.

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So, when she contacts me to see if I can do her family portraits, there was no way I could deny her!  And, once you see her children, there's no way I wouldn't want to photograph such beauties.  But, I will say, that that beauty came with a price.  Yeah, I had to pay for this one.  These two lovelies made me work.  Work harder than I've ever had to for portraits.  They were your typical toddlers.  They didn't want to sit still and they were completely distracted by peaches and flowers.  I mean, can you blame them!? 

I have to admit that I walked away from this session believing that I would have to tell Christiana that I didn't get one good shot.  I was almost reluctant to put my memory card into my computer that evening.  But, then, I saw this...

I had hope.  I continued to filter through the closed eyes and unhappy faces to reveal more and more beautiful images.  They may not be perfectly posed, and they may not show children that are smiling big beautiful smiles.  What they do show, is an genuinely sincere family.  One full of love, and kindness.  Patience, and understanding.  Beauty, and soul.  

I am pleasantly surprised and very happy to show these images to Christiana and her husband. And, above all, I am honored to have had the privilege of simply being in their presence for a brief moment in time.  Thank you!

Until next time, namaste.

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