I am a wise woman. No longer will I ever endure frustration, disappointment, failure, or even misery by trying to take my own family photos. And by "family photos" I mean the ones that I am actually in. This is why professional photographers exist, to effortlessly do that kind of thing FOR you, making it even --dare I say-- fun?? Even photographers can't be in their own photos (unless you're either possibly insane, or you have very well-behaved children (and by "well-behaved" I mean vegetative)), so we need help with this.
In the past year I have gotten to know many more photographers in New Hampshire than I knew last year, and that is a wonderful thing for me because I was able to hand pick one whose style I love and probably aligns with how I would shoot my own family photos, if I were able to do it. Kristen Reimold Photography did such a gloriously fantastic job, and I'm even more beyond pleased than I expected to be (and knowing her work, I expected a lot, actually......) LOL. I knew she was up for the task of managing my two boys of very tricky ages.
I even tried to get all fancy and do a yellow and gray color scheme with our clothing..... did it work? I hate the whole matchy-matchy look but I find when the colors all kind of work together across multiple people, it really elevates the portrait from "hey we just showed up for our session after we rolled outta school/work" to "I'm serious about this and I want portraits that look like we really tried." Not that I'm the person AT ALL to ask about wardrobe choices, but I really noticed that what we wore last year for our pictures is kind of disjointed and it bugs me. Like when the wallpaper doesn't line up right. ;)
The weather was PERFECT and amazing. The temperature completely comfortable for wearing jeans. We went to St. Anselm College for our location simply because it's beautiful and has great textures. At the end, when the light was REALLY good and Kristen was rocking out my backlit sunflare headshots, the kids had gone back to the car to regroup with goldfish crackers because they had had enough. Kristen and I knew they HAD to come back out for this light. She said, "We're not thinking like mothers right now. We're thinking like photographers." So Dave got them back out of the car and she took this photo:
There are so many more favorites from this session, but I gotta save something for Christmas cards, gifts, wall canvases, etc. :) Can't give away all the surprise in one place! We LOVE our photos and I know I'm going to be using them all over the place for a long time. :) Thank you, Kristen!