Photography for photography's sake

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. 

Family Photos: The D Family

Heather is the children's singing time chorister at our church and my daughter LOVES her. She is fun, loves the children, knows how to engage children and is just all around awesome. When I think about the things that I remember the most clearly now as an adult that I learned as a child, music and songs is definitely up there. I can *almost* name all the states in alphabetical order thanks to a song I learned at school. I love that these images enhance this family's bright personality.

Children's Photos: At the Ranch

I grew up going to visit my great grandma at her ranch for all the major holidays and occasionally in between. My great grandma passed away the summer I finished up college so I had my Mamo in my life for a good long time.

We got to go up and help my mom and aunt clean up Mamo's house and I got to see my kids run all wild and free out there and realize that I'm sad they won't have that place be a part of their childhood. I loved all of the old things you could find in the house and barn. I remember complaining about being bored, but I also remember wandering around the fields, playing in the creek, pulling out all of the old toys in the window seats. Being bored is good for kids, it makes them use their imagination. I'm sad they won't get to remember this place, but I'm glad I got to see them play and explore there for a little while. 

While we were there, my aunt found my great grandpa's camera kit. It was a huge bag stuffed full with an old camera, multiple lenses, various accessories and a bunch of old slide film. So fun!