Thursday, March 26, 2009


Group siblings shots can be hard, can't they? You have multiple little faces that all need to look happy or at least adorable and somewhat close together.

Generally when I need a group shot of siblings (particularly when one sibling is under 3) I put them in a "baby trap". Basically you look for something that is high enough that the baby won't run away quickly and low enough that if he does manage to get down he won't hurt himself in the process, chairs and benches work excellently.

This also serves to hold them close together for a minute. When the parents are in the picture I make the hold the baby to keep them in the frame, and if the siblings are seated on the ground I make them sit "criss-cross applesauce" which buys me a few seconds of leg untangling before the little one can make run for it.

I generally position the big people and tell them what to expect first, "I'm about to put the baby in your lap, and I want you guys to look at me and smile for three pictures because after that the baby will be done, ok?" Then I pop the baby into the frame, make goofy noises, shoot and hope for the best. :)

The family below did a great job, the big kids were great at smiling and the parents were a big help. Aren't they cute?

Generally siblings shot quickly become this....which is why we quickly move on to other things.:)

This is Simon, who is such a happy little guy!

I'm trying some new editing and for some reason it's making my resized images for this blog look a little wonky, to view them larger and much better, just click on the image.

I love his bald head! So cute. If my (future, theoretical) babies have hair I swear I'm gonna shave it.

This is Annabelle, who was the star of my favorite picture from this session. I just love the light on her face and her self-possessed expression.

This is the eldest, Max. He thought I was pretty funny.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Six to eight-months-olds are the most fun to shoot! Even when they are crawling, (like the little guy in today's post) they still aren't too fast and they have the most expressive little faces!

This is Joshua, he is one of the happiest little guys I have ever shot. It was hard to get a picture of him where he wasn't smiling!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Months ago, I shot a family of three sisters. Isn't that awesome? Sisters are good things to have. :)
This is the eldest Molly.

This is the middle sister, Addie.

Lastly is the new sister, Ellie.

It was her mom's idea to put her in a bowl and I love it. Doesn't she look sweet? (You can click on any of these images to see them larger.)

This is my former roommate Beth's chair. She painted and upholstered a chair she got at a thrift store and now we use it for shoots.