Tried a little experiment the other day with my family, i reasoned that taking pictures of other peoples families on a regular basis would enable me with magical powers of persuasion, for my own family.
I was wrong, my lovely children hate hate hate when I pull out my camera for them! It almost comical, in retrospect how un cooperative they become. My oldest makes the oddest faces like a cross between a sad clown and a petulant teenager, she's 6. My little guy, middle child and boisterous boy, he either over hams it in ridiculous cheesy grins, or he pulls a pout pout fish and grumps it up big time! And the baby, if she isn't hiding her face behind her hands, or making silly monster faces at me she is pushing her chin to the sky and yelling cheeseburger. In combination these three make taking a family picture my personal holy grail!
So back to my experiment, I choose a location my kids love, is picturesque, and involved a short drive. We depart, I and my husband explain to the kids, we are taking pictures first, playing second. We receive chorus of yes mams and sirs.
We arrive, I pump myself up for the six shots I really want to capture, a family group shot, three kids together, my kids individually, and my husband and I. Shot one the kids, God Bless them! Its a hot mess, they are taking off in three different directions, and when I finally get them all wrangled I am met with this overwhelming three way glare! In the end this is my favorite...
I won't bore you with the fruitless search for each childs portrait of sorts, but I will close with a sneak peak at what using a timer, balancing your camera on rocks and using the neckstrap as a prop will yield! And of course I will share the one decent image of all five of us, I use the term decent very loosely here because well, you'll see.
In conclusion, hire some one to take your family pictures, even if it is what you do for a living!!!!
My own space, away from the kids, household chores, a place to call my very own. A space I can decorate to my tastes, with a fridge I can fill with my own foods! Ahhh living the dream of every stay at home momma! What's even better, it's a place I can create wonderful memories for my clients.
Setting up a studio out side of my front den has really been an interesting process, my kids are happy to have thier play room back, and I am happy to have a location for my "job" outside the house, first time in seven years.
We moved in over the course of one long week, my husband, wonderful man, helped with the heavy lifting. I droped off car loads before school pick up and on my way to the gym daily. Eventually all of the props, backdrops, furniture, and snacks made it to the studio space. Another week of cleaning, organizing, a little shopping and its ready for clients.
One super great thing about this space for me personally its its location, I'm right across the street from my kids school, my moms office, and in the same building as my husband, surrounded by people I love and who love me!
Really excited to see what the future holds for this little mother, and this studio space.
Class of 2015, I congratulate you all. I so clearly remember that final year of high school, the anticipation, the trepidation, and the excitement. I have had a really great time working with my seniors so far this year. Such a variety of personalities, interests, and styles made for some awesome sets, locations, and final products.
I am looking forward to seeing where life takes these kiddos, and how they rise to meet the challenges thrown at them by the wild and crazy world. I am also looking forward to several more shoots with my senior reps, part of the senior rep program is shoots several times through the year to capture the entire senior year.
Here is a small sample of the senior sessions, stay tuned on Facebook and check back on the website to keep up with all the senior pictures!
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you...
I love smash cake sessions, when I first started this smash cake sessions were not on my top ten list of sessions I want to try/shoot. Oh how was a I wrong, one year olds are the best. They a generally happy to be the focus of attention, and really lets face it cake! You can't go wrong. Smash cake and first birthday sessions are so much fun to shoot, prep for and edit. I enjoy almost every aspect of them.
I've partnered with the most talented baker who creates the greatest theme cakes and are just perfect for smash cake sessions. I'm thrilled to offer smash cake sessions with custom cakes and sets. As a mom I know how nice it is to have one less thing to worry about, so by combining the two services I'm able to offer my clients one less thing to add to their todo list.
Here are some outtakes from my most recent first birthday session, I hope you enjoy this little girls smile as much as I do!
This family was my first up for the fall special, and we most assuredly started with a bang! I don't know if we will se much fall color this year, but the dried grass, brown eyed Susan's, and evergreens made for a pretty backdrop and provided some variety.
Love working with families, it's so much fun to see the little kiddos play and the dynamic between mom and dad, and parents with children.
Here's looking to many more successful family sessions.
Winner winner, I love meeting new people, especially new mommas. This lovely lady and her husband were the winners of an entire Maternity session with a boho twist. She was such a good sport in the chilly un seasonable weather, and modeled all the looks I put her in with grace.
A new trend in photography is Nursing sessions. I am in love with this idea, nursing your baby is the most magical and special thing you can do as a mom, or at least it was for me. I think also that it is one of those tasks like many others that can become commonplace or everyday and loose is specialness. I think if you are nursing a newborn, or a toddler, a nursing photo session can be a great way to celebrate that relationship and that particular aspect of motherhood.
I was so excited to shoot my first nursing session the week and am in love with these images, such a wonderful bond between mother and child.
I was asked to take some pictures of a the person who really introduced me to the idea of photography as a job and not just a hobby. What an intimidating request! She has been behind the lens for at least 10 years to my almost 9 months. I agreed and we had a really great time capturing some images for her new passion.
Here are a few of my favorite images from her session, I really enjoyed shooting the yoga poses, it was such a change from my normal work, and she so knows how to work a camera! Enjoy
Kandi Woessner is a momma to three, wife to one amazing man, photographer to many. She loves capturing the bitter sweetness of pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Kandi lives in St. James, works in Rolla, but will travel to the surrounding areas to photograph as well.