Christin Olive sent us this super relaxed, super fun family session and I thought it would be just the thing to put a smile on all our faces after such a heavy weekend. I don't know about you, but every year – reliving history – is heavy on my heart. That feeling I felt of 'what next?!' still lingers even after 10 years. Next is our future and these smiley, loving faces are IT!! Really puts into perspective the importance of having your family documented!! I hope all those who lost loved ones at least have pictures of them!!!
Christin said, “The Kouba family, from the Pacific Palisades, is every photographers dream. Laid back, relaxed and they just want to have fun! The mother, France, called me and said she wanted to capture her family on a regular Saturday afternoon at their home. They were getting ready for a big move and she wanted to remember this day, one summer, when the kids were just being kids. No fake smiles, just lots of honest giggles and A LOT of running around! My vision was to portray the children just as they are – from running to jumping, to swimming and biking- these kids love it all! I love the image of the son, Wyatt, eating the peach. He was so messy after, but it didn't matter. It was real, and the peach juice all over his clothes told a great story! My tip for anyone trying to photograph children is to not get caught up in using props and “setting” the scene. Let the kids do that- after all, their imaginations far surpass ours any day!”
Well said!!

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Thanks for hanging out!!
Sending BIG hugs to all our readers!
See you all back here again tomorrow!




  • Mary Anderson says:

    Love these fun photos! The image of the boy on the trampoline (?) with his hand resting on his face? Adorable! What a great idea to capture a day of hanging out on film–I’m sure the family will treasure these photos as their children grow! Thanks for the uplifting post!

  • Brandon says:

    Love, love, love these! So beautiful, natural and candid. Makes me smile. : ) Great work!!!!

  • Polly Anne says:

    These are amazing!!! Christin catches so much emotion, love and pure joy in each photo. Absolutely wonderful photos!

  • Lissa Anderson says:

    What a great way to start the week! Beautiful children, beautiful photos and one obviously very happy family! Thanks for sharing.

  • sean is rad says:

    Amazing shots!!!! All the images capture so much individuality and really share a lot. Great work Christin 🙂

  • Brandon Friend-Solis says:

    Very cool work here, casual yet eye-catching. The narrow depth of field that the medium format gives provides a unique look that customers will appreciate. Great stuff!

  • Dennis tha "Menace" says:

    Does it get any better than this? No! Beautiful family and Beautiful photography work. Christin is Awesome.

  • curtis says:

    nicely done memories to treasure forever!!

  • Thanks for choosing my work to showcase on your blog! So much fun to be part of a wonderful community of talented photographers!

  • Debbie says:

    Christin, you captured so many wonderful candid shots! This family will cherish these pictures forever!
    Great job!!

  • Annie says:

    Wow! These are amazing!

    LOVE them!!!

  • Nicholas says:

    Wowowow! These are so fun and really beautiful. I’m happy for the family to have such awesome photos captured, forever. Great work, Christin. I’m really impressed!!!

  • Danielle says:

    What wonderful photos!!! The family shots really capture the loads of love this family has for each other! Great work!

  • Sophie says:

    Fantastic work!! These pictures truly capture the sweet nature of this fun loving family!

  • I’m in love with Christin’s work. I can’t wait to have her shoot my family photos!! xoxo

  • Seriously , adore this series.

  • Betty says:

    Loved the photos of those beautiful children just being kids, but my favorite one was of the little boy with his arm around his dad — such a “buddy” moment!!!

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