Family Session Tips- Part 2: Let Them Be Little

I understand the stress that is involved with a photo session.  You have paid money to have your pictures taken, you have shopped for new, coordinating (but not matching- see last post) outfits, and you have ONE shot to get updated family pictures, a few great shots for the Christmas card, and frame worth pictures of the kids to give grandparents as gifts.  Phew!  That is a lot of pressure to put on yourself AND on little ones! ...

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Drayton {Greenville Senior Session}

Many of you probably don't know that I used to be a teacher.  I have a degree in Elementary Education from Clemson.  I was hired to teach 1st grade after graduation, and during my first year of teaching got an early education add-on certificate from Anderson University.  Before Matthew's job moved us to France I taught 1st grade at Palmetto Elementary in Anderson District 1.  I taught with an amazing group of educators and remain close to many of them to this day. When one of the teachers from our 1st grade team reached out to me to take senior pictures of her son, I was happy to say yes!  I don't do a lot of seniors, but when I do....I always think "I need to do these more often!".  Seniors are SO easy!  Well, compared to the normal toddlers that I am chasing around and acting a fool in order to get a smile...  It's almost surreal.  I tell a senior where to stand, where to look, where to put their hands, smile, not smile, etc, etc, etc...and THEY DO IT.  Like, on command!  No goofy jokes, no peek-a-boo, no pretend sneezes.  Sigh.   It is magical.

It is still hard to believe Drayton is about to graduate from high school.  He was a first grader my 2nd year of teaching!  How did he get so big???  Because, I know I personally haven't aged a day since then...

The Shipe Family {Greenville Family Session}

It has been a few months since I have blogged!  I didn't want to spoil any Christmas card photos, and it was such a busy fall, not feeling the pressure to blog was kind of nice! But, now it is time to catch up!  I am starting with a session I did way back in October.

This sweet family is no stranger to my blog.  You might remember them from Adeline's newborn session last spring.  I am always happy to have them in front of my camera!  It was pretty windy for our session, but they were troupers.  I loved watching Hutson interact with his baby sister.  Her eyes just light up when he plays with her.

Chappell Family {Fountain Inn Family Session}

I know I am biased, but I really do think my neighborhood is just great. We have lived here less than a year, but we are in love. The families are so friendly! And, I just happen to have a gorgeous little field behind my house that makes doing sessions for neighbors oh-so convenient! This was a mini session, which only last 20 minutes. These sessions are perfect for families who just want a few pictures for a Christmas card or simply to capture this particular stage of life for their kids. These kids did great! Walker took a little bit to warm up and smile, but he is so handsome, I kind of love the ones of him not smiling too! However, I really think Walker and Halle had a conspiracy going to make me practice my head-swapping skills in Photoshop. Without fail, when Walker is smiling, Halle isn't (and vice versa). Head swap to the rescue! And, Cohen definitely gets the gold star for the session. He was smiling in every. single. picture. Thanks buddy!!

PS- Great job on the outfit choices, Ana! I think you nailed it!