Ashley had portraits taken at Vilas Park in Madison while the weather was still fairly warm. The leaves were gone but we were able to still get some very fun shots of Ashley.
It was a full house with the Seeger family in the studio. The family includes two really cute adopted girls from India. The girls were adopted separately and come from different families. Our family supports the Gospel for Asia ministry (which primarily works in India), so we have special fondness for the people of India. I hope to visit there some day.
With five children of a variety of ages made it a challenge to get everyone to look and smile at the same time but we got it done. I have a variety of toys that I utilize. One of which is a plastic chicken which makes a great howling noise. It can be perfect for getting kids to turn their heads and give an interesting expression. I didn’t get to pull off the surprise because the boys starting playing with it before I had a chance to use it properly. Maybe next time.
I am on the video team at my church. A few weeks ago I was shooting with Chris during the morning worship service. It was still very early, so Chris had his son, Dylan, with him. As we were chatting, we talked about updates to my new studio on University Avenue and portrait photography of kids. A few days later Chris made arrangements to have Dylan come in with his mom, Kelly, for studio portraits. The following are some of my favorites from our session.
Dylan is showing off some of his Kung Fu moves. This could come in real handy as a Yankees Fan.
In every session I try to get unique poses and looks that I have not done before. As in the image above, it is great when people show their personality and some spontaneity. Even so, I always get the traditional poses too. Here is one with mom.
Dylan is a bright kid. He has bright eyes and lots of personality. I think the photograph below reveals some of his spunk.
One of my favorite backgrounds is made of barn wood. The multi-toned wood provides an interesting character to the photograph.
I like this up close look at Dylan while his legs and feet are fading in the background.
I have a variety of stuffed animals in the studio. I also have a rubber chicken. As I was holding the chicken, I asked Dylan to mimic what he guessed the sound of the chicken would make. I had him do it a couple of times and then I squeezed the chicken. It does not crow or go, “Bawk, bawk”. No; it howls! This was hilarious to Dylan, which resulted in the following shot.
Back to showing some classic boy personality. Here is Dylan doing the splits.
I recently enjoyed photographing Zoey the dog in the home of Kathy and Steve. It is especially fun to photograph people in their own home. And Zoey is a cute dog that revealed some fun personality. I felt that she deserved some special attention, and so I created this computer-enhanced, graphically designed painting of Zoey with her owners in the […]