Holdlifestill Photography - family photography

By: Holdlifestill Photography  09-12-2011
Keywords: photos, Family Photo, Black And White Photos

Posted on June 7, 2011

Two are better than one, especially when a little girl simply needs to wear both! I spent the morning with a fantastic family a while ago while a late snow storm raged outside. Ms. A. was very interested in the picture making process and was very proud of both her necklaces. She readily told me when my camera lights would go off and wanted to show me her fairy wands too. Mr. D was slightly less curious about the whole process, but we had fun nonetheless. It’s too bad we could not go outside to grab some family shots – they had the best front porch!

Posted on November 15, 2010

How many grown siblings carve the time out of their busy lives to have a family photo taken? I know that I don’t have many photos of my sister and I together. Yes, there are lots of photos of my sister, who has the pleasure of being related to me and looks suspiciously at me when I encourage her to touch up her mascara, but not very many of US together. This afternoon was filled with laughter as we wandered and photographed. And who could forget the stinky rotting fish on the rocks of lake Ontario?

Posted on November 1, 2010

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself” ~ Maya Angelou

Isn’t being home what family is all about? I was honoured to photograph Jaclyn’s family recently and while the weather threatened us with rain and the park was filled with lots of people, we found some spots of solitude for capturing memories. And who doesn’t love a family that will rock climb during a photo session?? I hope that your dinner afterward was lovely!

Posted on October 26, 2010

Don’t let the title mislead you. It really was a family fall session with Paul and Paula and their little guys. While we wandered the beautiful grounds of Paletta Mansion, we were also on the look out for those orcas that Master T was fascinated with at another place and time. Paula said that she is a big fan of black and white photos and I was happy to process the majority of the photos from the session in that way. A few spoke for colour treatment, especially with those awesome red leaves in the background. Check out the spirit of these brothers who are close in age and full of spunk!

Posted on October 3, 2010

I wanted to share this post with you because of the things that I learned while I made this image. In my photography journey, I get to see people during some of their happiest moments in their lives. I get to witness love and tears of joy. Families welcome me and we develop trust quickly into the session. I learn so much about a family as we talk, laugh, and take photos. Before I know it, our time together comes to an end, with the time slipping by quickly as we move from one area to another and take pictures along the way.

Every time I photograph, I learn something new. Often it’s about the technical or the artistic sides of photography, but sometimes it’s also about ME. These images helped me to learn about patience and the beauty of a second take. You see, I was invited to photograph the newest addition to Adrienne and Mike’s family earlier this summer. There were many ideas for photos swirling in my head. However; we followed the baby’s lead to end the session when it became clear that it was not the best day for them. As I reflected on the session and the flow of the day, I appreciated how much I learned about listening to baby cues. Turned out that the little one was not feeling well. Photos can be taken on another day, and that is exactly what we did. During the second session, we enjoyed a visit and got some lovely individual shots. I learned that even though photography captures a particular moment in time, it’s sometimes best to step back and reschedule for another day.

Posted on September 23, 2010

I remember it being a very hot summer. By the time September 22nd came around, I was more than ready to welcome motherhood and the little person who was to become the center of my universe. Eleven years later, I still have images of the curly haired toddler and earnest JK kid in my brain. Barbies have been traded for Twilight t-shirts and purses. There are glimpses of the teen years. But the underlying sweetness is still there. Happy Birthday Leah Bear.

Posted on August 30, 2010

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
— Dr. Seuss

I cannot imagine how it feels to be getting ready to have a child ready to fly from the nest. I am simply not there yet, thank goodness. Photographing Jane and her wonderful multi-talented, rugby-playing, university-bound (in quick succession as they are nice and close in age) girlies was a real treat. We spent a couple of hours in one of the spots discovered during a photo walk of Hamilton, or the “busy city” as the ladies used to know it by. There were some interesting additions to the shoot, including not knowing when the next bird was going to strike us, but there were also laughs and a tear or two. I hope the big university move goes well for you Allie – good luck to ya! Enjoy frosh week and all that university has to offer. Jane – I will call you when I’m there in a few short years.

Keywords: Black And White Photos, Family Photo, Family Shots, photos, Picture Making Process, Rock Climb,

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