Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Meet the Turners! ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing a shoot for two of my very good friends, the Turners.  Their wedding anniversary is just a month different than mine and my husband's, so doing this "couple's shoot" for them held a lot of meaning for me personally, in addition to being really fun from a professional standpoint.  

To start with, I got to drive out to Montesano for this session, which is an area I've driven through plenty of times, but have never actually done any photography work in.  The location was really a treat in and of itself.  This little field and cottage are really as peaceful and idyllic as they look.  The cottage has a white picket fence, is abandoned, and really does have a beautiful blue door with white flourishes in the corners; I've never seen anything quite like it.  And that's not even mentioning the wooden fence, the ivy, or the wildflowers.  Yep, when we stepped out of the truck to start our session, my shutter skipped a beat.  ;)

But the location itself wasn't enough to make this shoot just perfect.  That's where my adorable friends Brandon and Heather come in.  As in most of my shoots, what you see here in the final product is a combination of my shot ideas and plain ole' spontaneous candids- which I love.  These two were laughing from the very first shot, and our session only got more fun from there.  I know it can be nerve-wracking for a couple to be told to "interact naturally" when they have a lens pointed right at them, but they really made it look easy.  The fact that they've been married for the same length of time as my husband and I made me wish someone could capture our sweet and hilarious and comfortable moments just like I was blessed to do right then.  I felt so honored that Brandon and Heather let me capture their love for each other on "film" that I went home feeling lifted up a little bit- and SO excited to get these photos back to them.

I hope this little "highlight reel" has the same effect on you!

(Just double-click on a photo to see it larger.)


Thanks so much for looking, and as always- many thanks to my wonderful models- Brandon and Heather!  You guys were such a delight to photograph, and I'd be happy to do it again for ya anytime.  ;)

~ Kathryn

Monday, August 6, 2012

One morning with the Cowans- Mini Shoots ~ Tacoma Child Photographer

This post is much delayed, probably due to the huge influx of work I've been getting this summer- woo-hoo! Nonetheless, our dear friends, the Cowans, deserve a session-wrap blog post of their very own, don't you think?  Now, some of you may know that I've had the honor of photographing this delightful family several times as the years have gone by.  So, what makes this session unique?

Well, This time, we tried a new approach to photographing each of the four children: four quick mini-sessions!  I was really excited to try this out, and thankfully, the kids were all on board with the idea, too.  Sometimes, in a large family, it can be easy for one child to "hang back" in the photos and for other children to get all the photo coverage.  And while this is totally normal, it's also good be aware of so that there isn't such an imbalance between one child's "photo-documented childhood" and another's!  One great way to accomplish that is by having mini-shoots, just like the four mini sessions you're about to see here.

Having a mini-shoot with each child also allowed for a lot more individual personality to come out in each child's photos.  This is my favorite reason for doing sessions in this format; each of these kids is so different, and I got to focus on those unique elements of their styles and personalities in their portraits.  What a treat!

So scroll down and take a look at these four totally cool kids!



 Thanks for taking a look, and I hope you've been inspired to try out a mini-session sometime in the future for your own little one(s)!  Have a great week!

~ Kathryn