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Why do you shoot? What drives you? What inspires you?
My goal while shooting is to provide families with the same memories (of my own family) that I want to hold onto for the next 50 years. I love the energy and vibe that is unique to every family and the different path I take with each shoot to guide the family. I find myself laughing a lot with while I am shooting and that usually shows in the images as genuine, connected moments. I feel I’ve done my job well when a mom needs Kleenex when seeing their session slideshow. Am I awful for loving those tears? Tears mean that I did my job well.
I shoot most of my family sessions with natural light. I always have strobes and reflectors as backup, but find with the activity of young kids, it’s just easier to roll with finding the nice pockets of natural light. I love to mix in OCF with my senior sessions, where the pace is much slower and the subject is cooperative.
I let a child’s reception to me guide the pace of the shoot. With timid children, I start with the larger family shots and work into individual portraits. I like to use parents as a prop for the shy child. While I have a sequence in my head of what I want to shoot, and where, I am quick to adapt to work in the shots as I see them. With kids, it’s important to keep the session fun or they quickly lose focus and become frustrated.
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have learned to love to shoot in the forests and on the fringes of open spaces. On the fringe, I can find nice directional light, force backlight if needed, and can generally find plenty of overgrown shrubs and trees to use for framing. I also love the directional light in the local sheds and barns (one benefit to living in a rural area). Generally, my goal is to arrive at a location and find little niches that other photographers might overlook.