Every year, I try to offer at least one or two days of mini-sessions before the holidays. This allows me to provide an inexpensive, low-hassle way for you to get your updated family photos for your Christmas cards - without having to do any real planning at all. I choose the location and afternoon, you choose your time slot. To make sure each family gets the right attention (and to prevent complete exhaustion), I only offer a very limited number of spots each day, so these sessions book very quickly! This year, four families joined me at Tree Tops Park in Davie, Fl for their own 30 minute family session. I got to hang out with 5 kids, 2 teenagers and 7 adults... and shoot family photos at one of my favorite spots in Tree Tops Park with perfect light! I love letting the sunlight fill my frame to capture its direct relationship with my subjects... in hopes that I can capture it in a way you may not even realize it exists. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day... (and if you want to be notified about any upcoming mini-session dates, sign up for email alerts!)
Mia and Marley came to Tree Tops Park with me to do some location test-shooting (for the following week's mini-session date) and they were the perfect models! There was a fashion show, an impromptu dance, swings and much more. Six year old, Mia loves the camera and loves the chance to do her best modeling moves... Four year old, Marley, on the other hand, is shy and needs some warming up. I love the challenge of capturing that natural moment that really shows kids' true smiles... even if it means following them down the slide at a playground. (That may or may not have been what happened in one of the following photos...)
Sometimes, photos should come with warning labels.... "You're about to smile." "You're about to laugh." "You're about to fall in love with this adorable face." "You're about to book me for your own session so you can have photos of your own children looking this happy." Okay, okay, I may have just thrown in that last one for fun... but seriously... Can you look at this smile without smiling yourself?!This is Jordan. He may only be 13 months old but he covered every inch of Volunteer Park in Sunrise last Saturday morning. So if you find it entertaining to imagine me chasing him everywhere with my camera, feel free to do so. I didn't want to miss a beat. Or a shot. Letting kids run free and play on whatever they want may make the picture-taking process a bit more difficult, but I'm always striving to capture their true personality and natural smiles. The only way to do that is to let them be themselves. Are you taking notes? Tammi J Photography, Lesson #1: Keep the kid(s) happy - the photos will show it. Its not usually very difficult... until you try to sit the child down and face your camera for that unexciting, but highly sought after posed group photo - kind of like the last one in this post, of Jordan with his Mom and Dad. I'll let you in on a little secret, though... He's not smiling that big because he likes me... or because I told him to say "cheese". Which I guess can bring me to lesson #2 - ALWAYS pack a bottle of bubbles.I wasn't the only busy one at this shoot... Jordan ran, played, helped drive the golf cart and even took quite a few photos himself. But enough small talk... on to the cuteness. Ready... set... go!