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I have taken portraits of little Hannah before and she is SUCH a good little model. It's hard to believe that she is only 6. She sits so still and sweet and demure. All of her expressions were unprompted. Of course, she is a little beauty, too. Her red hair is a photographer's dream. She is part of the smallest minority in the world -- red hair and blue eyes!
As New Hampshire was experiencing a glorious spring and beautiful perennials were blooming everywhere, we definitely had to incorporate them into the session. At the last minute, her mother grabbed the plaid blanket to wrap her in and I'm so glad that she did -- she is like a little Scottish princess.
Here are my favorite shots of little Hannah.
As spring came to NH, Maya and I decided that it would be fun to get out and capture that beautiful golden light and contrast all that gold and white with red. I just love the colors in this and, of course, Maya looks gorgeous.
A few parting shots from our last winter in New Hampshire. Sad to say good-bye to the state we've lived in for 30 years, but happy in our new area which is very similar in climate and terrain. Here is my daughter in white-on-white. Always challenging and fun to capture. I've also included a fun, joyous shot of my son in the fresh falling snow.
2017 was an odd year for me. Things started off typically for me and I was gung-ho to have a very active summer and fall season, but life has a way of throwing you a curve-ball! Surprisingly, in July, my husband was offered a job in Ashland, Wisconsin. We realized that it was a great opportunity for us, so we readily accepted and then began a whirlwind of activity, preparing a family of 10 and a house ready to move half-way across the country in just 6 weeks!
Fast forward through some very crazy moments, and we landed here right at what would normally be my busiest photography season. I realized that it was too much to try to set up business in a new state and try and get things started (not knowing a soul!) so accepted that business would have to close down until spring, 2018.
In spite of this unexpected end for the year, I was still able to take some time in the midst of it all to get some special photo-shoots done with my own kids and a few others before moving away. I look forward to many more in the coming months and in our new area and also for this time and opportunity to explore and get to know new people.
As I look back at my year, I think fondly of those who have supported me over the years since starting business in New Hampshire in 2012. It's been a wonderful journey and I would never have come this far without those experiences. I will miss my clients dearly and hope to cross paths again, this way or that. Here is a little look back on my photographic journey of 2017.
We got a lot of snow this winter and, as soon as we got a little warmer, I thought it was time for some fun snow photos with my girls and their friend! My daughter, Maya, got a gorgeous formal blue gown from her grandmother and I really wanted to show-case that. Her sister isn't usually game for portraits, but it was time for some new photos of her as well (also, the more practice the better in order to become more relaxed in front of the camera.) I've also taken portraits with Victoria before and she is SO photogenic that I could resist inviting her along as well.
The results are just what we were hoping for. We went to to two locations and the girls had a few wardrobe changes. As usual, working in overcast clouds is always a challenge, but necessary if you want snow. Still, the snow makes a giant reflector, so I had to work around that. However, it also makes such a soft, pretty light and, if the sun were out, those locations would not have worked at all.
Here are my favorites from the session:
Maya loves theatre and we went for more dramatic looks and poses for her.
So loving the pink outfit and setting in these!
This session may be my favorite ever. These are my two girls. One had reached a milestone in the summer, becoming a teenager! And the other was almost 10. The fall color was just outstanding, so we had to get out and incorporate all that before it was all gone. Unlike her younger sister, my older daughter is not comfortable in front of the camera, so I let her completely make all the decisions about wardrobe and props. She is a huge fan of the band, Skillet, so agreeing to incorporate her love helped relax her a lot. Otherwise, I just let the girls go and play in the leaves and have fun with this session. The result is better than I could have dreamed.
I had to get my boys out for annual portraits as the year was coming to a close. Photo-shoots, generally, aren't as fun for them as the girls, so any shots I get are gold. I have 6 sons of all different ages and personalities and it was a fun challenge to try and capture them all.
My oldest is 29 and the youngest is 5! Here they are in age order.
Evelyn is a frequent model for me as most who follow my work will notice. She is a willing, natural model and her sessions bring a lot of variety and interest. This fall, she needed some professional portraits for an album cover and website as she is producing her own music! She is a singer, songwriter, and plays the guitar and records and her whole family is involved with her music. For this session, we had just one day to get everything she needed. She chose a remote spot by a pond that is accessible via a hike through the woods. She, originally, was looking for more moody shots with an overcast, sky, but that was not to be. On the contrary, we arrived at our destination with the sun high in the sky and smack-dab in our faces! After contemplating the situation, I was able to find some choice spots with nice light and lovely setting. These challenges help me with problem-solving and creative editing. I just love the pretty light and results. I am honored to have been chosen for the task of taking Evelyn's promotional portraits and am pleased to share some of the results!
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