Lexi and Alexander

Today I am celebrating.

Why you ask?

I successfully completed my first family photo session today from start to finish.  Planning, shooting, editing, and now posting.

And I must gloat, I am quite proud of the results!

It was an uphill battle reaching this prideful place though. Yesterday morning I woke up excited with the anticipation of putting my skills to the test. I packed my bag methodically, making sure to include all my lenses, making sure I had a fresh memory card, and a charged battery.

I was headed out that later that evening to take pictures of two very special people in my life. Lexi has been one of my closest friends since the seventh grade and she was looking for some fall pictures of her and her son Alexander. Together we carefully researched and picked the perfect location. We decided on a local tot lot with the potential for fun and fresh colors.

I had all my ducks in a row.

I was ready.

But about 5 minutes into our session I quickly realized the art involved with photographing an independent almost 4 year old is one I may not have been ready for!

I began snapping away and as I looked at the pictures I had captured my thoughts ran a mile a minute. Images were overexposed. They had motion blur. I wasn’t metering correctly.  The colors weren’t quite right and lens wasn’t right either but there was no time to change it. If I changed a lens I might miss a moment that could be captured!  I arrived with ideas for poses. But Alexander had different ideas. He thought was much more fun to play in the sand with sticks, run around in circles, throw leaves, and look for “alligators” in the creek than take pictures with his mom! So I rolled with it. That’s my style. Go with the flow. Capture the moments as they happen. And as I rolled along I did end up liking quite a few of the pictures.

Below are a few of my favorites from the day.  Lexi and Alexander were great sports and we had a lot of fun running around in one of the last and fleeting warm fall days.  I sure learned a lot, I hope I did my friends proud, and I hope they like their photos from our evening together as much as I do!  To see more fun from our outing together click here. Enjoy!

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Sarah B.October 23, 2009 - 5:04 pm

These are lovely! Great work!!

rachelb523October 24, 2009 - 4:11 am

I really like the one of them sitting on the bridge with their feet dangling. It looks very natural and unplanned and everything about the picture is perfect. I also like the black and white mother son pose, very cute. They all turned out nice. The overall tone of all of these pictures is fall, playfulness, and love… mission accomplished!

PhyllisOctober 24, 2009 - 8:14 am

The pictures are beautiful Beryl :) You did a great job capturing the fun they had and the love that obviously flows from them. My favorite is the black and white with Lexi looking down at Alexander.

triciabOctober 24, 2009 - 11:54 am

What a great job you did! I think that the photos you took are beautiful, and very warm. You definitely captured their dynamic, and that speaks volumes. Congrats on your first shoot! I'm so excited for you.XO*Tricia

lisadanelleOctober 24, 2009 - 12:54 pm

Very nice pictures, Beryl..its always better to capture moments as they happen instead of posing..much more natural :)

bella rose photographyOctober 24, 2009 - 2:07 pm

Thank you everyone! Your kind words mean alot.

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