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Practically Siblings: Cousins and Their Families in Louisville, CO

Practically Siblings: Cousins and Their Families in Louisville, CO

I recently was able to work with two families during a family lifestyle photo shoot in Louisville, CO.  Jessica found me on Instagram and once we started talking we knew we were speaking the same language.  No sunset in a wheat field photos for either of us.  (If that's your thang, it's cool!  Those photos are stunning, too, but I get excited for in-home sessions, most. Different strokes, amiright?)

 A black and white photo of young kids laughing and being silly during a family photo shoot near Denver, Colorado.

She roped her husband's cousin and her family into the shoot which I thought was perfect!  They were also dog sitting grandma's dog and her cousin-in-law brought their new puppy! 

 Siblings hold on to their cousin's new puppy during a lifestyle photo shoot in Louisville, CO.

I tried to do some IG stalking before the shoot, but Jessica is a little shy on the ol' 'gram LOLAnd I did something different in that I didn't send her a pre-shoot questionnaire.  I was walking pretty blind.  Which I kind of like when I shoot.  It feels more organic. 

That said, I think I'll continue with the questionnaires.  Even though we're shooting lifestyle/documentary style, there are some shots that people just want.  And I'm cool with that!  That's the point: capturing the memories that are sacred and that you never want to forget. 

 Cousins and their families gather for a photo shoot in Louisville, Colorado.

Anyways....I felt like I had walked into a Banana Republic family reunion.  Gorgeous family, gorgeous clothes.  They all coordinated without even trying!  Plus, the puppy.  I mean, how can you go wrong?

Plus, the kids are buddies, so capturing them in their natural 'playing' state was a breeze.

 Two young girls play with Barbie dolls while their dog sleeps near Denver, Colorado.
 A little brother joins the girls to play Barbie near Denver, Colorado.

I always try to get some shots of the kids in their rooms.  They LOVE showing off their little part of the world and I feel like their personality really shines when we share a few minutes together in their space.

 A young girl shows her coloring book creations during a lifestyle photo shoot in Louisville, CO.

Kids have meltdowns.  Even during photo shoots (maybe even more during photos shoots??).  I try to capture these real moments while also respecting the child.  I love this beautiful shot below--sometimes you just need a hug from your mom :)

 A mother comforts her child after a meltdown during a lifestyle family photo shoot in Louisville, Colorado.

Silly moments abound with little kids, but when the camera comes out they can turn serious.  (I get it--it's awkward having a camera pointed in your face!!)  I'm not opposed to some minimal directing when it's something families would be doing if I was not there.  :)

 A father and son share a hug during a family lifestyle photo shoot in Louisville, CO.

Louisville is such an adorable town. that I don't know much about!  I plan to do some more adventuring there with the kids, soon!

Cheers!

-kristiina

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