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?)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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. :)
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!