Not So Warm

February 15, 2013

Emily and Brady reside in Florida, so the fact that they came to visit me on a day when the temperature had started out at a whopping 3 degrees and maybe made it into the mid 20s was definitely a shock to the system.

Emily, with her sun touched skin, and Brady with his sun touched hair, definitely look like they belong on the beach! Even though I had the heater cranking away, all Emily wanted to do was tuck her toes back into her boots. Then we had Brady, who just can’t handle the bulkiness of a coat and would much rather be running around barefoot and shirtless! Luckily, they both survived the session and didn’t freeze to death!

We joked, we laughed, we said silly stuff and we even acted a bit silly!

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Stories to Remember

March 27, 2012

A session with Emily and Brady is always full of great stories. Although, last year’s refusal to wear a shirt may be the one I remember forever.

This year’s stories started off with an extremely tired Emily. A day of travel, followed by some hard core cousin play, meant a very sleepy Emily. It took a while to wake her up, but once those eyes started to shimmer, she was her ever fun loving, sassy self! The kicker was when I told her that she could show me her gymnastics hand stand move…her eyes just lit up. I had found the way into her heart!

For Brady, the whole process was a bit of a game. He’s at that three year old stage where he really only wants to do something if he thinks it’s his idea or if he shouldn’t be doing it. So, a little reverse psychology had to be put into play when it came time to photograph Brady. Of course, a little bribery and being rewarded with a sucker…his choice, a brown sucker…never hurts! Well, and talking about “gross boy” things can get you a long way, too!

“I’m Bored”

April 2, 2011

When you’re six and a half, and your little brother is two, I imagine that you spend a lot of time waiting on little brother. Emily has adopted the new line, “I’m Bored” as her go to line!

Whether it was waiting for brother to cooperate for family pics, or even sibling pics, the line we heard quite frequently was, “I’m bored”.

Luckily, I think I was able to keep Emily entertained during her solo session. I pulled some smiles, some giggles, some funny expressions and even some super serious expressions out of her!

But of course, as soon as we were done, and it was brother’s solo time, Emily was bored again!

Related?!?

October 8, 2009

It’s fun working with siblings and seeing how much they look like each other, or don’t look like each other. My sister and I are a perfect example. We don’t look anything alike. When you dissect our faces, you can see that there’s nothing we share, from the shape of our face to the shape of our eyes to even our smiles!

Emily & Brady have their differences, some of which are very obvious, but they also have their similarities! Emily is a tan, golden child. She’s always looked like she had a nice tan, but moving to Florida has just deepened that tan. Brady is a pale little man, white as can be! (Emily takes after her Daddy, whereas Brady takes after his Mommy) Of course, they both have those big, beautiful, expressive blue eyes! It will be fun to see how Brady changes over the years, and whether he grows up looking more or less like Emily.

One thing is for sure, Brady adores Emily! Emily can make Brady laugh like nothing else! She just jumps around, makes silly faces, shakes her booty…Brady’s arms start winding up, his tongue comes out and he giggles right at her!

Kicking Out the Parents

December 19, 2008

When kids reach the age of three or four, sometimes it's actually better to send the parents out of the camera room and just work one-on-one with the kiddo. Not necessarily because the kids or parents are misbehaving, it's more that the one on one relationship allows me to get great, relaxed images full of personality.

This was the case with Emily! I have photographed Emily since she was six months old, and as she's gotten older, her sassy, fun personality has become more dominant. During the beginning of the session, she was performing for mom and dad – dancing, twirling, and sticking her tongue out. Each time she would cast a glance their way, just to make sure they were watching. I don't mind the dancing, twirling, and tongue sticking out, but I need the back and forth interaction to be between me and her, not her and her parents. So, I sent them "away". As you can see, the results were perfect!

Fun in the Sun!

January 10, 2008

I’ve returned from the wonderful warm temperatures of Tampa, to the freezing cold temperatures of KC. It was in the low 80s for our Tampa trip. Every day we were blessed with beautiful blue skies and great puffy cotton clouds.

We had a great time, even if most of it was spent inside a convention center. It’s always nice to get away and take a short break from "work," fill your brain with new ideas, remind yourself of things you know, but you’ve forgotten, and just absorb it all!

I was lucky to be able to meet up with my clients, Amy, Chad & Emily, for one night, while in Tampa. They moved to Florida last year, and to my excitement they were in the exact city that I was headed to. We made plans to get together and have a nice dinner out. We sat on the balcony next to the beautiful water, under a nice warm heater! (It does get a little chilly at night.) We had a great time, chatting and relaxing! Emily wasn’t quite sure what was going on, because she’s only seen me at the studio. I was a bit out of place in her mind! No worries, I still got to see her wild and crazy side!

What a Ham!

October 6, 2007

From the moment Emily walked in the door, she was a total ham! With the big cheese smile, the discussions about wedgies, and the twirls and falls! She definitely left me with a smile on my face!

Brandi