I have two young boys. I’ve had a family photo session for my own family in the Outer Banks. Of course I take photos of my own kids. I know what it’s like when your little one isn’t happy or cooperating when you desperately want them to play nice for the photographer. Toddlers are unpredictable, on their own timetable and not easily manipulated into a fake smile. Honestly, a fake smile is not really what I strive for anyways. And that’s what I love about little children anyways… the genuine response, the real moment they give you. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to coax a genuine happy face or emotion out of a child though – so I’ve never had a photo session with an out of sorts kid that didn’t end up with some truly joyous images in the end. Usually it surprises my client to no end when they receive their gallery. “He or she was so cranky… how the heck did you get these photos?” is usually close to the response.
This little man was 6 months old and our sunset photo session on the beaches of Corolla was right when he was supposed to be in bed for the night. He was not a happy camper. Still, we managed to capture the essence of this sweet young family and even a few happy smiles for the camera. The best thing about this is that now they have images that speak to who they were as a family at that time… and life is not all about posed shots and fake smiles. Real life is about connection, about snuggles with mama when you are feeling sleepy and out of sorts, it is raw, messy, joyous, and always uniquely you.
The biggest blessing was when I received this review after delivering the images…it couldn’t make my heart any happier than knowing I’ve truly captured the essence of a family on “film” and that a client will treasure their images forever!
from the Dad: “Lauren was incredible for our family shoot! Our six-month old was none too pleased to be up so late trying to take pictures, but Lauren was calm, cool and collected as she adapted to the circumstances and worked with our fussy baby. And, at the end of it all, she produced some incredible images that have so much life and character, and you wouldn’t even know the uphill struggle of the shoot! If you’re in the OBX and looking for some great photos, we would definitely recommend her!”
xoxo – Lauren
If you want to book your own family photo session in the Outer Banks of NC, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use my contact page at contact Lauren at studio nassetta photography