A few weeks remain in summer and yet, as I write this it is Labor Day weekend, it's about time to have a summer retrospective - photography-style!
I had a wonderful summer taking client photos. My sessions took me to beautiful places on lovely days to meet with exciting and interesting families. And I thank these families so much for allowing me to document their life as a family.
Documenting family life is - thus far - what I enjoy the most about being a photographer. I see this clearly by looking back at my favorite photos from the summer. I love it when the family forgets about me/ the camera and a special moment emerges. These are the kinds of photos that I would frame were I in the photo! So I've put a few of these together with a little commentary on each. Please keep reading and enjoy!
While Dad and Daughter are looking at me, I love Mom's sweet expression toward her daughter. Overall this family was so cute together - there were so many special moments between these three. Speaking of special Mother-Daughter moments, check out the following photo.
This mom had a florist make these amazing head pieces for her daughter's first birthday. So elegant! I took this photo shortly after the mom put both of these head pieces on. There is just a little light coming in from the window, which I think adds a special spotlight on these two. The daughter's headpiece was sliding off her head. Isn't photography great that it can capture a moment without telling the "whole story"? (i.e. that the daughter wouldn't wear the head piece after the first time it fell! ... At least not while I was there.) :)
This series makes my heart sing. As moms we feel a full range of emotions. We basically feel anything our children feel, and all within a matter of seconds. These photos, for instance, were snapped within 10 seconds of one another. This new mom and daughter tells that whole story. What a precious experience to photograph this amazing new family, especially with the dad too as photographed below.
This is a very candid shot, there is nothing like a child's new curiosity that can help us see things freshly. This was taken in the Lincoln Park Conservatory Garden near the east side where there stands a giant weeping willow. This daughter was quite captivated by the leaves drooping toward the ground, and as such, so were Mom and Dad!
This image was also taken at the Lincoln Park Conservatory Garden! (It was a most popular spot this summer!) We were playing a little game at the time of this photo, where the daughter was running up and "surprising" her parents. It was just good fun, and their expressions show it.
I have a number of these "swinging" photos in my portfolio from this summer, this is one of my favorites because the daughter is making eye contact with the camera, yet she is not "posed" in the least bit. Love the happy faces in this shot! This was taken in Grant Park near the Seated Lincoln Statue.
Just another sweet "swinging" shot, this time from afar where I was a distant onlooker to this fun moment. This was taken at the 21st Beach in Chicago. There were great colors from this photo shoot, but I like how the black and white gives a timeless feel to this family moment.
Thanks for following along during this series! Please leave a comment if you have any additional thoughts on these photos and what you think makes them special! Thank you again to the families who hired me this summer for their family photos. It was an honor!