We lucked out with a rare partly sunny January day for this fun family portrait shoot near Newport. The bright sun and highly reflective snow creates it’s share of photographic challenges but the rewards can be so much fun!
These photos were shot back in early October with the plans of using them for Christmas cards and gifts, so as to not be the Grinch that stole the surprise I have waited until after Christmas to publish them! We had such a great combination of colors for this early fall family photos shoot, with the use of a nice big diffuser we were able shoot almost exclusively with natural light which makes life much simpler when you are photographing a family with three kiddos!
I met up with the Abbott family for a “Dad and Kiddo Friendly” family mini-session. The goal was to get a great shot for Christmas cards while avoiding hypothermia. Most of the trees in the Sandpoint area had decided to shed their nice fall leaves for the winter but thankfully we were still able to find a spot that was still holding on to a remnant of fall color. Here are a handful of the shots we were able to get in our short session.
No, this quite turn around was not prompted, I am sure glad I did not miss it!
We wanted to get one more look in our time together so we picked a spot where we could get a kind of washed out, back lit look to a few of the shots.
My family has had the pleasure of attending church with the Klynstra family for the last couple of years and our kids adore each other, which makes the purpose of these family photos a little heartbreaking for them. This wonderful family is heading off to serve in the mission field for Mission Aviation Fellowship and they needed a good family photo for their prayer cards. I was glad to help them out, it only took us a few minutes to get the kind of format that M.A.F. needed and then spend some time getting a few bonus photos for both of our families.
A while back I held a contest on my facebook page and wen the winners were drawn the cowell family was selected and chose to use their winnings for a family portrait session. I have to say this was about the easiest group of 9 kids and 2 adults I have had the pleasure to work with!
After the portraits were done we set up a couple of lights in a shaded area and just let the kids play, it did not take too long to fill up a card with fun, unplanned shots. Here are some of the family’s favorites from play time!
This last Friday night was the Kootenai Community Church Awana Fun fair. This annual event it a lot of fun as area kids fill the old church building playing carnival style games, getting their faces painted and of course getting wild and crazy from all the sugar in the cotton candy! This year I had opportunity to participate by bringing some of our props and setting up the photo booth. The booth was a lot of fun and we took a lot of really fun photos, here is a sampling of the over 600 photos taken over the course of the evening.
And finally, what will probably end up being one of the favorite photos among the members of Kootenai Community Church, Pastor Jim visited the booth and he sported one of our finest wigs!
Ginger Knits Fiber Studio is working toward launching their website and today I had an opportunity to work with some adorable models as we did a few product shots. If these don’t put a smile on your face I think you should seriously think about talking to a medical professional!
Ginger Knits Purple Alpaca Cowl
Ginger Knits Aviator Hat
Ginger Knits Pirate Beard
Ginger Knits Sock Monkey Slippers
Every year my daughter Hannah has a special birthday celebration with her friend Luke who was born 8 days before she was. This year’s party was bitter sweet because “Buddy Luke” is going to be moving away in a month and this might very well be the last birthday that they will get to celebrate together. Along with the usual birthday events we also set up a photo booth for the kids to have some fun with. We came away with some images that made us laugh and of course since this is quite possibly the last time we celebrate together it also brought some tears. Here are some of the fun shots to help us remember the day.
Here are the ones to make the momma’s cry!
Recently I met up with the Stearns family to shoot their family photos. We worked on some different group shots and also took each of the kids “School Pictures”. Rather than the ordinary school photos, this year the family saved those pennies so they could get some more unique portraits when we did the family photos. Rather than give each of them the same background and pose, we worked to try to give each of them their own unique photo that showed something of their personality. This was a fun challenge and I think we came up with something fun for each of them. Here are some of my favorites from afternoon.