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Engagement and family portraiture

Sister Portraits in the Park

Sisters are funny. I know for a fact that this particular set of sisters have been dying to do some portraits in a park for a while. We met in the evening atRobFlemingParkin The Woodlands to do some sibling portraits. Originally there were to be three kids in the pictures, but the youngest, a 3 year old boy, was in no mood for portraits.  With that said the focus ended up on these adorable sisters.

We moved to different areas of the park, trying to keep the still moderately high sun out of sight, hiding behind the many trees in the area. The great thing about doing portraits atRobFlemingParkis that there are so many different types of backgrounds waiting to be used.

The older sister seemed ready for her pictures with great smile and very expressive eyes. The younger sister suddenly became reserved in front of the camera, but still made a beautiful model.  Both sisters were very different in front of the camera, but that is what made this session very unique.  After the session during the editing, these differences really led to different post processing styles as well. The more reserved sister seemed more appropriate with the selenium toned black and whites, vs the other one who I used lots of vibrant colors with.

It was when the two girls were in the same portrait did they really come alive. The girls were hugging each other while laughing and smiling and even running all over the park together. These two were great fun to take portraits of. I love being able to capture that youth and innocence in a child’s portrait. I also enjoyed seeing two sisters who really loved playing together as well. They had a good time, and I did too. Maybe next time we can get that youngest sibling in the pictures too!

serious girl brown tone

girl sunset portrait thoughtful look

happy smiling girl sunset

hugging sisters in the park

Family Portrait Session

My friend April has been wanting family portraits for a while now. It seems that family life just kept getting in the way. Any weekend that was planned for family portraits inevitably had something come up. After almost two years, we finally had our chance to take some pictures.

We drove out to the city of Montgomery and found the perfect place for our  session.  There are several pioneer houses and buildings near the public library, which served well for our session.  It was midday which wasn’t helping with the lighting. It was sunny, chilly, and very breezy. We used the porch of  one of the old houses to shade and direct the light. I did use a reflector for fill, when it wasn’t too gusty.  I had to shoot in between gusts, so there wasn’t hair flying everywhere.

The adorable toddler wasn’t cooperating that well. It seemed every time she was picked up, she really wanted down and thus made for unhappy tear-filled portraits. We decided to give the toddler a break and take a few portraits of mom and dad together.  I like these images of the two of them together.

The family was able to regroup and get situated and all looking at the camera. As long as the toddler had something to eat, she would sit in her mother’s lap. I had to shoot these family portraits in between goldfish bites. The last one, which is one of my favorites, was actually right after she put a handful of crackers in her mouth. I was happy that everyone was looking at the camera, at one time.

We shot some more portraits around to some other locations within the park, but these on the porch are among my favorites. That old pioneer house made up a perfect backdrop, which gives these portraits a rustic, timeless look.