A new location for me. Although I have to reshoot this family (I'm very picky so the family got these pictures free and I'm rescheduling because I want them to have quality pictures) I like the poses and the location of their pictures so I'm sharing even though I messed up with my camera settings. I'm calling this location "Beach Graffiti"
Hi! My name is Leslie and I'd like to take your pictures!
Are you ready to read why!? Here we go!
I have been a client for other photographers and understand why people only do family photos for special occasions (Christmas cards ring a bell?) It's expensive! Not to mention the hassle of getting everyone coordinated, ready to go and remaining happy when it's time to actually smile. Most wives want the pictures, most husbands dread the whole theatrics of getting there... and the kids... they don't really have a choice.
To be honest, I dreaded doing family pictures. The fake smiles, the uncomfortable poses, the studio... That's initially why I got started; I wanted to make sure my family was comfortable and having fun while exploring new places to take our pictures. (My husband was more than willing to go when the truck was required to get to where I wanted to be!)
I started getting more and more interested and practiced a lot with my family and friends. I found what I loved the most!
I love taking pictures that spark an emotion when people see them. I try to have a FUN photo shoot that gets everyone involved. I let each person choose a pose, even getting the kids to pick their favorite spot to do their individual picture. Silly faces and bunny ears are all acceptable in my shoots! The excitement and the relaxed environment create real smiles, real emotions. Your clothes don't have to coordinate, they can, but I'm finding that when everyone is wearing what they feel best in, each individual likes the outcome of the pictures much more. There is a confidence that you have when it's not staged, not rigid and your posed where your comfortable.
I love getting to know each client and making every photo shoot unique. I see the real families that have a good time together and I love hearing responses from clients. Here are a few:
"You caught the diva in my daughter"
"I just received my pictures and I cried at the beauty of my family."
"We had so much fun, my kids already want to do it again!"
And the inevitable question about price:
I am priced lower than most places for a few reasons. I think it's important to have pictures of what makes you happy surrounding you in your home, online and anywhere you frequent. I also encourage seasonal pictures. I think it's incredible to document your family growing (or in my case, my husbands facial hair) It's so fun to see the differences in all of us from season to season, year to year. I want you to be able to afford these two things- therefore, I do photography at a low price so that its attainable for my clients to have beautiful pictures surrounding them (not to mention pictures that look amazing with your seasonal décor).
If you've come this far it must mean you are ready to have a night of awesomeness while I take your pictures! My contact information is to the right --->