It’s funny how life comes at you in cycles. This family served me in a huge way while I was in Kazakhstan for a few years with a well-known campus ministry (I can’t give the name for security reasons). They were constantly doing the behind-the-scenes thankless work that allowed us to be effective overseas. When they asked me to do this portrait for them, I knew this would be a winner. I’m no expert with toddlers, so getting good expressions can be a big challenge. The parents brought Grandma and Grandpa along (who have also served me in huge ways), which was a huge WIN because they are the true experts on how to get these kids to smile, and they also got in a few shots as well. I would highly recommend bringing your parents to these sessions (if it’s OK with the photographer – I welcome it!). I have taken literally thousands of almost-great photos ruined because a parent IN the photo was trying to help coax a non-frown out of a kid, but ruining their own expression or pose in the process. Given the nature of kids, I shoot usually about 800-1000 photos in the 1 hour sessions, and I end up keeping about 150 of them. I’ve created an online gallery with all the keepers on this site. To see a slideshow with music, click here. These are a few of my favorites:
I know you wanted to see more of those shoes!
She’s gonna be such a heartbreaker!
They definitely haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling.
Grandma and Grandpa, such great role models for all of us!
It’s not how many teeth you have, it’s how you use them!
This is my favorite light to shoot in – plus a great location doesn’t hurt.
These kids were awesome.
Thanks guys! Don’t forget to watch the slideshow.