Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What Has 16 Legs and Takes Great Portraits? ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

The answer to that is... this wonderful family of six boys- plus Mom and Dad!

Just days before their departure to Brazil, I had the honor of photographing this fine couple and their six sons down at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  This is the largest family I've worked with yet, and it was such a great experience!  The boys were energetic and very cooperative, and Doug and Leah (Mom and Dad) were game for all the shots I had in mind: a perfect combination!

The weather was chilly but dry on the day of our shoot, so we bundled them up with fashionable scarves and layers and huddled them together in group shots to conserve warmth.  ;)  Another fun first for me on this particular shoot was that (although I'd been to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge many times) I'd never done a photo session there.  In the "dead" of winter, it can be hard to find a location that still looks interesting and vibrant, but this place definitely fit the bill.  The landscape was varied enough to provide lots of beautiful backdrops,  plus we were able to shoot in front of the "Twin Barns."  Scroll down and you will see what I'm referring to.  They are some of the original structures from the time when this wildlife refuge was a privately owned farm between 1910 and 1950.

But enough of the history; let's get on to the highlights!  Check out some of my favorite photos from our shoot below, and let me know what you think...  ;)

I call this "The Mantlepiece Shot."  It's necessary, but I always try to get it out of the way right at the beginning of a shoot so we can move on to the more fun set-ups...  

Leah and their youngest boy, Roman, watching seals play in the Nisqually River.  It's nice when I can take pictures while my subjects are genuinely distracted.  Gotta love a good location!

Not posed, just captured in the moment..

This little guy loved the camera.  I probably could have put together a whole package of photos of just him.
With young children, I can rarely resist the "tickle shot."  They are always a hoot.

All six boys, lined up by age beside one of the Twin Barns.  Don't you love how they're getting into their poses?

Roman, ready for his close-up beside the barn.  I think it's important to get shots of each child alone.  Especially in such a large family!

A shot I've been meaning to try for a while.  I call it "The Eye of the Storm."  ;)

Another thing I always do during a family shoot is take the time to photograph Mom and Dad alone.  Their love for each other is the foundation of all other relationships within that family.  These are also usually some of my favorite shots from a session.

And there you have it!  My first session after maternity leave and it's the biggest one yet!  Makes me excited for what else is to come this year.  Stay tuned for the next session wrap post, my friends!

~ Kathryn

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