When Sandra contacted me to take her family portraits, I was absolutely flattered. Sandra is the editor and founder of the blog Boundary Stone Baby, which highlights some of Maryland, DC, and Virginia’s best family, newborn, birth, and children photographers. Sandra has the opportunity to review and publish so many other fabulous photographers’ work, and I was simply honored to be considered as her personal family photographer! Add that on top of shooting at a new location, the National Portrait Gallery in DC, and knowing I’d be keeping up with twin one-year-old boys….well, let’s just say that I was a wee bit nervous!
This session was one of those sessions that is challenging in an-oh-so-fulfilling way. But, I took a deep breath, and just told myself I had to think outside the box. I had to rise to the occasion. The first thing I did once I reminded myself that I had to do things a little differently was I switched my lens from a 50mm to a 35mm. For those of you who don’t understand why this matters, the only thing you need to know is that changing to a wider lens completely shifted my thinking in how I approached the entire session…My 35mm is the lens that I typically only use for bridal party portraits (because it’s wide without being too wide), but it is also the lens that is on my camera 90% of the time when I am shooting my OWN family. It’s called the Storytelling lens because it grabs the entire scene of what you’re shooting, and because it’s a bit wider, it requires you to get closer to your subject if you want to “zoom” in and tell more intimate details.
And that’s exactly what I did with these two adorable boys. They were quick and they just wanted to explore…so I had to be quick and I had to keep them entertained…or else just go with the flow. Instead of worrying about posing as much, I just wanted to capture who they are at one year old. I just wanted to tell their story. In an authentic way, but also in a pretty way! This made me so creatively stimulated. I was constantly problem-solving, adjusting my thinking, settings, and positions, and I was also constantly smiling! Not only did Sandra and Kevin make some dang cute kids, but they are adorable themselves! Sandra had me laughing again and again, and I felt like we were instant friends.
I walked away from this session feeling inspired, challenged, happy, and with a card full of amazing images that are so unique and different from my typical outdoor sessions. So thank you, Sandra, for giving me such a wonderful opportunity and allowing me to capture your family at this awesome time of your lives! I loved every minute!
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