tips for family photo shoots: guest kara layne
I think by now most of you know how much our team means to me. We recently added another new addition to the team – Kara Layne. She’s our new in-house photographer and she is not only crazy talented with the camera, but I feel my creative wheels spinning just being in the same room with Kara. We are kindred spirits indeed and sometimes we can both say half a sentence and know exactly what the other person is thinking and … BAM! A new idea just happens. And another.
Kara oozes creativity and you’ll be seeing more of her work around here in the coming weeks and months. She actually has her own photography business. In fact, be sure to check out Kara’s blog. Very inspiring. We’ve known Kara for several years now. She has photographed our little family a few times and this year was no exception. I’m going to let her take over the rest of this blog post now. It’s all you, Kara…
Isn’t that Miss Becky the sweetest? So honored to be a part of such a fabulous team and so excited for the opportunity to jump on here to touch on a subject that I am extremely passionate about. And one little piece of it that I feel is so incredibly important when documenting our lives and families.
We all know what a great photograph looks like. Perhaps we see every face completely clear, everyone is smiling, looking right at the camera. Perhaps it even shows everyone from head to toe – full-body coverage! It’s a wonderful type of photograph to look at because it allows you to SEE. But what about the photos that allow you to FEEL? How can we possibly experience that type of sense from a photograph and how can we achieve it?
When I photograph a family, I not only want them to remember what they looked like at that specific time in their life, but I also want them to truly be able to breathe it all in. I want those photographs to take them back to that time and that moment. So how do we, in our everyday lives and in all of the mundane, achieve this? I have five words. It’s. All. In. The. Details.
Documenting details is an addiction for me and one that I truly believe transforms everyday photography. It’s that baby ornament on the tree that represents the beginning of your family. It’s the snow falling on the top of a little one’s head that reminds you of just how softly it fell and what a beautiful scene it was. It’s the hand prints on the window that you just cleaned, but you have to smile because it’s your home and that is what makes it what it is. It’s the tiny grip of an infant on Dad’s finger that reminds you of just how sweet and tender those quiet moments were. It’s these details that make up so much of our lives in small but beautiful ways and help us to remember it all. They tell the story and our stories should be told – every last piece of them. Big or small.
I had the honor of documenting the Higgins family this year as Becky mentioned. This collection of photographs truly captures not just the people and the family they are, but it is the details that allow them to remember this moment in their lives. It was the nip in the air, it was the cuddles, it was the surroundings in the woods, it was the cold mountain air through the grass and so much more. You may not see every face in every picture with a picture-perfect smile, but what you see is life. Real life and a family’s story in this moment of their lives.