A couple weeks ago, I hosted some Splash Pad minis. I had a set of cousins I chased all around the splash pad and playground at Todd Beamer Park. I love capturing kids in their element and a splash pad and playground is about as "kid element" as it gets. This time is so fleeting! I love being able to freeze this time for parents, and I hope when they look back on these images, they remember the sound of their kid's squeals and shouts of joy while running around having fun.
I've known this family since I was maybe 13 years old when I started babysitting the oldest boy. They continued adding to their clan and I kept playing and watching them. They are all incredibly athletic and hard workers. I am so glad I got to capture a little bit of who they are right now. The oldest left shortly after we took these pictures for basic training. Mom just posted that he graduated the other weekend! So proud of him and all his hard work! Also, isn't Lindsey's hair to die for???
Gina found me through the Neighborhood app when I posted there about blossom sessions. I had so much fun meeting her and her son and getting to know them a little bit. They're a sweet mother, son team and just seemed to click together. Her son is right on the edge of growing into that young man instead of a boy and I'm so glad I got to document them before they move into the next stage of teenage-dom.
Sometimes when I'm waiting to start a family photo session, or when I'm just location scouting around Fresno, I like to take pictures just for picture taking sake. If I'm location scouting, there's probably a bunch of images of my children exploring the area because I'm sure they're with me too. If I'm waiting for a client, it's probably me messing around with my settings, trying out different lights, getting close, getting far way. I tend to like the details best. Taking the detail shots forces me to slow down a bit and helps me calm down. I have to breathe deep and hold it to reduce camera shake. I can take my time finding the light and angle I like best, figuring out what I want my focal point to rest on, adjusting settings, creating an image just for me.