Mechanicsburg PA Family Photographer

This beautiful mama knows how to woo a photographer. Her email to me mentioned their 15 acres of land, the fields of wild flowers about to bloom, the pond, the chickens, the cute kids and her willingness to try whatever I had up my sleeve. Ahhhhhhh DREAM COME TRUE! 

Years ago I walked into most of my sessions waiting to be told what to do by the family/senior/couple who hired me. Now I realize that's a disservice to the kind people who are trusting me to photograph them. You know what I do instead? I pay attention, I listen, I learn and then I take all that wonderfulness and mush it together with all the ideas I have in my head about what it means to be part of a family. The beauty in the chaos, the deep love between two parents trying to get from one nap to the next, the silliness of kids... those are the things I personally love about families. I go into a session ready to tease magical little moments out of my clients through games and activities that help people feel comfortable enough to be themselves. You may have ideas in your head about what you'd like from your session, but you definitely don't need them. I HAVE PLENTY! You can show up with nothing more than an open-mind and open-heart and I'll take the wheel from there. 

This family... they were the perfect mix of silly, happy, in love and trusting. They let me do my thing and trusted me even when I made somewhat odd requests. :) It was, without a doubt, one of my most favorite evenings this summer!  

Brothers | Carlisle PA Family Photographer

One thing they're always teaching you in photography workshops or online tutorials (and something I teach moms in my How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids lessons), is that you really shouldn't keep more than one of the "same" picture. I guarantee you do it. We all do it. You take a bunch of photos of your little cutie being... well... cute. And guess what? They're all keepers because, for once in her life, your crazy little girl smiled right at the camera and gave you a big cheesy grin over and over and over. Of course you just snapped away while she did that - it was solid gold!!! But afterward, I'm not kidding, you should delete all of those except 1, maybe 2. Even if they're all good, you can't keep them all. What are you going to do with near duplicates of one good photo? Nothing. You aren't going to print both. You won't post both. You shouldn't keep both. 

Unless of course you want to break your own rules (insert that arm raised emoji here) and keep more than one. I love the story these three photos tell when put together. What it's like to be the older brother, what it's like to be the younger brother, what it's like to have a built in best friend to get in trouble with all day long...