This summer I photographed the Holler family at Island Park in Ann Arbor. I had been talking with Marcy about outdoor locations for their family portrait session… and we settled on Island Park. Why? That’s where she had her senior portraits done way back before kids! (Marcy and her husband Jacob have three adorable girls that did a great job during the session)
The day of the session came, and the weather was great. We met during the morning so it wasn’t too humid and hot out …and I kept everyone in the shade to help with the heat too!
Now, sometimes, kids smile right away, and other times, kids just don’t feel like it. Well, Isabelle, the big sister, was a pro. She made sure to smile for the camera, and was a delightful conversationalist! Her twin sisters, though, fell into that other category. Some people might find that to be a problem. But not me. It’s just a matter of finding the right way to break through that shell and find the smiles I know are waiting to be shared.
Evelyn and Sadie, even when not smiling, were such sweet girls. And about halfway through the session, I found the magic key to unlock their smiles! Honestly, I don’t even remember exactly what the secret was — but it involved me being super silly, making crazy sounds, and waving one of my hands in the air while holding my camera with the other.
Whatever I did, the girls loved it! We got some adorable smiles, and as you might expect, some cute waves too.
In all seriousness, this session was a breeze. I never worry about a situation like this because 99.99% of the time, I can find a solution. And for that 0.01%? Well, honestly, that’s so rare…. but unless they’ve fallen asleep during their portrait session… I am always confident about getting adorable portraits of that child in a more serious or candid style portrait. Life is all about adapting and rising to meet whatever curve balls are thrown your way, right?
So, enjoy these portraits of of the Holler family 🙂
If you want to have a family portrait done, but are worried about whether the photographer will be able to get your kids to smile, don’t be! Get in touch with me and we can go through all the details, and I’ll be more than happy to work with you to create a family portrait session. Contact the studio at 734-424-0472 or via our web form today so we can get started!