Monday, November 29, 2010

Falen's Two-year Portraits: Fun in the Forest!

After shooting his Mom and Dad's wedding, I was honored to capture Falen's transition to being a two year-old with this fun session at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.  Falen (that's said with a short "a," as in apple) was full of energy and wonder that morning- two qualities that make for GREAT photos in a beautiful landscape like this one.  The lush forest provided a perfect cover from the very windy day that raged just outside the trees.  The only hint of how chilly it was might be in those adorable green gloves he's wearing...

 For those of you who live in Western Washington, you should know that Point Defiance Park is the ultimate wilderness playground.  What you're seeing isn't limited to a small area- it covers miles of beautiful coastline and is free to the public.  All we had to do is start walking  and we found plenty along the way to keep any little boy entertained for hours.  I always feel like I'm in Jurassic Park when I come here.  :)  Of course, we weren't totally roughing it, so Falen had time to catch up on some important calls...

Love that confident little stride!  He was having a ball and I was glad- fun always shows through in the photos.  :)

No adventure would be complete without a good pair of shoes to get dirty...

I was so grateful to get these last two shots (above and below).  The top one was candid; he was handing his Mom her cell phone and I caught him in a moment of patient waiting (which doesn't happen too often with a toddler, I hear).  The one below was the most traditional, and the only formal posed shot we did.  Sometimes, as a photographer, I worry that this type of shot will turn out stale, but with a little guy like Falen in front of the camera, I'm pretty sure that would be impossible.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Day with the Audets: Portraits on the Waterfront

One of the most challenging aspects of being a photographer in Western Washington is our rapidly changing weather.  Last month, the Audet family and I braved a potentially rainy Saturday for a chance at some much-anticipated family portraits.  Luckily for us, the day turned out beautifully- and here are the photos to prove it!

We met at Marine Park off Ruston Way in Tacoma and set about finding a dry spot to begin.  The two youngest Audets were in fine form and full energy, so we were able to use the natural landscapes of the park (along with a fun fish sculpture) to turn our portrait session into playtime!

This next set just cracks me up.  Sometimes I wish I could step into that imaginary world children find so entertaining.  I guess I had my turn once, and now I just take pictures of it from the outside.  Well, that's better than nothing, right?  :)

After about an hour of shooting, the sun broke through the clouds and lit everything up.  It's amazing how the light can change the mood of a shoot entirely.  We all really perked up once those clouds burned off!

I was delighted to capture these pictures of Debbie and Andrew in between more formal shots.  Even if only for a few moments, this little ball of energy calmed down enough to give his mama some sweet little kisses.  Precious!

As is usually the case, our session ended right about the same time that the kids started going a little stir-crazy.    Thankfully, it was not before I was able to nab some lovely shots on the big grassy hill overlooking the Port of Tacoma.  Many thanks to the Audets for their flexibility and playfulness.  What a great day we had!