Well today is school picture day for my youngest two! Even though I am a professional photographer, I still love getting their pictures done by the school photographer! No only do I love it, but I am grateful for it!! So today I am thankful for Lifetouch!! I know it seems crazy- why would I want to spend that money when I can just do it myself. Well, for me- it's just what you do - you get your school pictures made!! We didn't have a lot of money growing up but, my mom always made sure we got our school pictures made. It was a big deal for her and it was a time during my childhood that I felt special because I knew the pictures meant so much to my mom. Last night I pulled out my school pictures with my daughter and we compared each other year to year. We quickly realized- we don't look anything alike!! LOL!! But, just having those pictures and being able to share them with her and reminisce was priceless!! I just love that I get a printed pack of images ready to be hung up and that I know the photographer picked what he or she thought was the best one. I realize sometimes the pictures don't come out that great- but there is always picture retake day! :)
This whole idea of getting printed school pictures is partly what has led me to be a print photographer. I so want my clients to be able to sit with their grandchildren or other family members in years to come and remember the time they had a special photoshoot and have actual printed images in their hands or even just be able have the printed images to pass down to the next generation in their family. There is something about holding the pictures in your hands versus just seeing them on a digital screen. This generation of children is the most photographed generation of children ever- but sadly they may not see much of the images from their childhood- simply because people have stopped printing for the most part. Is your child going to be able to fire up your computer, access your hard drive, your iPhone or other electronic device and 30 years and view these precious images? I'm not so sure.
I do understand that not everybody is in the market for a print photographer and I also realize that families are not printing images as they once did- if this is the case for you, I strongly encourage you to at least try to get those school pictures made!!
What a gorgeous and sweet family I got to work with! I really loved meeting Gayle for our pre-photoshoot consultation out at her beautiful home in Wetumpka, AL. She was so kind and we found out both have a love for essential oils! We decided to have the family photoshoot at Gold Star Park in Wetumpka as this is their hometown. Gold Star Park is really such a beautiful place with lots of nice areas to work with- so I'm always happy when families want their session out there.
I really and truly enjoy the challenge of photographing little ones- by that I mean toddlers specifically! They are so darn stinking cute and let's be honest, a lot of the time they do not want to cooperate!! lol!! But, if you just let them be...the images can be truly amazing! There is nothing better than showing families their images and seeing the surprise on their face when they see that their little one didn't do so bad after all!
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Earlier this summer, I had the most amazing photoshoot in downtown Prattville with these two sweet brothers and their beautiful momma, Marika! I feel very honored that I was able to work with this family. There is quite a story behind these two brothers. Both of these boys were adopted from an orphanage in Ethiopia by the Scotts, a fellow military family we had the pleasure of meeting this summer. Sometimes in life we meet people and we just know or have a feeling their is something special about them. That is how I felt when I met Marika- and then I learned about her family and was in awe!
Bekam is 4 years old and was adopted when he was just 11 months old. Marika and her husband, Winfield had to travel to Africa to attend court as part of Bekam's adoption process. While on that trip, they met Bron who was then 13 years old and living in the same orphanage as Bekam. They ended up falling in love with Bron as well and ended up adopting both boys!! What an amazing couple to open their hearts, their family and their home to accept and love these two boys!! Now these boys along with their sisters, Jaden 10, and Pya 7 will travel together as a family of 6 living the U.S. military lifestyle for some years to come. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to meet this family and capture this special moment in time for them!
Kylee & Brady chose to have their engagement session photographed in downtown Prattville while visiting Alabama for a family vacation. They met while in college at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and have a wedding date planned for September of this year. They were so fun to photograph and so obviously in love! I wish them many, many years of happiness as they begin this new season in their lives! I'm so grateful that I was able to work with them and provide them with these memories of such a special time in their life.