There was finally a break in the rain to get out and take some photos with all the falls leaves at peak. I love this little quiet lake near my house, and it had exploded overnight with yellow and orange. The reflections in the lake made for twice the color... almost surreal looking. And then there goes Carter and Sierra just adding loads of cute factor to the scenery. I always love capturing moms and their babies!
It almost seems like deja-vu to when two people, who just seem "right" for each other, get together. Omar met his match, and even though I have known her a short time, it's like things are just as they should be... It seems obvious that they should be together (and like they already have been for many years). I just love it when that happens, and I'm so happy for them both! Many congrats to these two beautiful people!
Every human I've ever known (including those who seem to be perfect) have some kind of complex about their body in one way or another. When being photographed it really helps to put aside any notions that prohibit you from relaxing, so that you can have fun, and be your most beautiful self. Now I don't mean you can't be nervous... everyone gets nervous and thats normal. What I mean is to be conscious of how your body shows that it's "nervous". So much of what makes a good portrait are when personality and emotion come through. If you are tense, your body freezes up (mainly your hands and arms, and your smile becomes forced). If you are relaxed, your body has softer angles in the hands and arms, and your smile doesn't have that "frozen" look. The good news is that light and perspective have so much to do with making a person look their best, and then it just takes a moment of comfort or emotion to really showcase your unique beauty and make an amazing photo. It certainly helps when you trust the person taking your photos! I loved this boudoir session with Amber, mainly because she was so at ease with her body (she was happy to be directed & posed or to free-form move on her own), and she trusted me to do my job as a photographer. It's magical when things come together that way.
I love to shoot in spots that look a little wild and have some privacy... It makes it so much easier for those being photographed and for me too! On this day we caught the perfect weather from transition from summer to fall. Warm enough to wear summer dresses, but enough cloud coverage to soften the midday sun. Although momma didn't want the teddy bear in the photos to begin with, those ended up being some of my favorite portraits of her daughter... Seeing a little person hold onto a stuffed animal half their size is just so dang precious. Hope you enjoy!
I couldn't be happier for our friends' welcoming their baby girl Mika into the world! She is a thing of perfection... Just like her brother :) I'm always a sucker for those sibling moments and I love the ones I got to capture on this day. Sometimes it can be hard to meet new friends you really connect with, and I feel that way about Wendy and Darren - they are definitely keepers! I'm thrilled for them and will be taking notes on their new adventures as a family of 4.