The clouds on this night at the beach were so amazing. I love how the sky changes so much, and the sky on this particular night was just so beautiful! I have photographed this sweet family since big brother was a baby, and I love watching their personalities and height grow. Thank you for letting me capture your fun family again.
I realize that the last time I blogged was way back in July. Sorry for stepping away for so long but this summer was so busy. I was photographing two camps, plus trying to just enjoy summer. I really tried to take a step away from the computer this summer and take a break. I am glad that I did but also ready to dive back into my business and blogging and showing off my work.
Summer sunset beach sessions might be some of my favorites. Being at the beach in the evening has such a different vibe than being there during the day, it is quiet and so beautiful. You can see how much fun families have at the beach at sunset.
Kate and her older brother are just the cutest, and I loved being able to capture her first birthday and a few for his third birthday. She loved her cake and almost dove head first into it at one point.
You know that saying that the shoemaker's kids have no shoes? I tell clients constantly to make sure they print their images, and yet in my home life I am lacking. There is a reason for this though, I am overwhelmed. I take so many photos that I get bogged down when it comes time to print and I have so many favorites it makes it very hard to choose. Plus, where do I put all these photos? I only have so much wall space and so many frames. Well, here is how I solved that issue and get my images off my hard drive and into my home so that my kids can look at them over and over, and that is with photo books. Every year I print my family a photo book. I also will make them after a vacation if I feel it is needed. This year's photo book is a ridiculous number of pages with around 700 or so images. It takes forever to make these books and I try and use the autofill feature to help the book be filled in and then tweak it afterward so that it gets done. This year instead of waiting until March of 2018 to make my 2017 book, I decided to be pro-active and start my book and fill it in once a month as it goes along. I have chosen my favorite images for the month and then uploaded them to my book. This has helped me be way more organized and now I am not dreading making my family's yearbook.
So, what companies do I use for my photo books? Typically I will use shutterfly. While I HATE their prints, their photo books are printed really nicely. The book above was printed by shutterfly. I have also used Artifact Uprising. Their quality is AMAZING and I love the soft covered book I made for my vacation in Ireland. They also have amazing prints. If you haven't checked them out before, you should. I also have used My Publisher, but I believe they may be closing or have sold to Shutterfly, I am not sure. You can see the books I have made over the years.
One year I somehow messed up and you can see I have a blank white cover, no idea what happened but it doesn't really bother me. Also, I am not one of those people who have all their photo books the same size, but if that is something you would prefer you can certainly do that.
Oh my goodness, when I pulled up to this house and saw all the amazing windows I think I might have actually drooled. This house was a photographer's dream, huge big windows everywhere and white walls, I mean the light was a dream, and thank goodness because this day was so overcast with flurries, so I was nervous how much available natural light I would have. That's the downside to doing lifestyle sessions, you never know what the lighting situation is going to be, but usually all I need is one good window. As for this family, they were just so much fun to photograph, they were laid back and so sweet and really just a joy to be around. Even crying little Olivia is just adorable! Don't you love the face of a newborn crying? Is it just me? I don't like that they are upset but the conviction and emotion that they emit is just amazing at only a few days old. They certainly know what they want!