Even after months of communicating and coordinating shoots, most of my clients meet me for the first time at our session. But with just one hour to shoot family photos that include mom, dad, kids, grandparents, in-laws, aunts and uncles along with maximizing time with mother nature’s lighting -- having a strategy in place to get everyone comfortable with is a must.
Jumping into getting photographed by someone you just met can take some warming up, so I try to get to know each member of the family. I like to build trust by taking the time to ask about their time on Maui, what their favorite activities have been, etc. Most of it is just getting them acquainted and relaxed in a new setting so that any posing feels as natural as possible.
The best shots are the ones where my clients are focused on each other rather than me. Once they’ve warmed up and gotten some sand between their toes, I’m able to gently guide them into getting closer in a way that feels more natural to them. Encouraging tickle fights and whispering jokes to each other brings out the most authentic smiles! The small details you can catch when families experience intimate moments speak volumes in the final shot.
The Key Shots
With kids, I find that sometimes they need a break to explore and enjoy their surroundings. When that happens, I take that time to focus on couple poses with parents, and individual portraits. You’ll find that even in a 60 minute session, there is a natural flow of opportunities to get the group together and break them apart. I love to provide my clients with a wide array of images and group arrangements so they can see the flow of the session shot-by-shot, hopefully to be enjoyed on the walls of their home together.
A 60 session goes by fast, but it doesn’t have to be a crunch when I can take the time to ease clients into the setting, with me and each other. The images that come out of that natural flow are the best ones that are treasured most.
Now, on to the fun stuff.. Meet the Hopkins fam - Renee, Shane, Anderson, and Renee’s sister Katey! They traveled to Maui allllll the way from AUSTRALIA and found time to capture some sunset portraits in Wailea. How lucky am I to get to meet visitors from all over the world?! Anderson, their little guy, was probably the easiest baby I’ve ever photographed! So easy going and constantly hamming it up for the camera. I especially love that they brought Renee’s sister Katey along for the session! You can just see in the pictures the special bond Anderson has with his Aunty and also she gave us a chance to capture a few moments alone with mom and dad!