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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.

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31 Responses

  1. JoAnn says:

    Oh- my goodness Miss Becky Higgins!!! your kids are soooo grown up!

  2. Cheri says:

    These are so nice!I need to get someone to take photos like this for me and my kids! thanks for the ideas. by the way, when did Claire get so big? She’s nearly as tall as Porter!

  3. Donna says:

    OMGosh Becky you have just the cutest family, Crew is just luscious I could eat him up, Claire is the spitting image of you and has grown into quite the young lady, and Porter geesh what a handsome young man, you and David must be so proud and I am thankful that you have shared them over the years. Donna

  4. Therese says:

    Such wonderful photos that truly capture the love in the Higgins family! Truly treasures…

  5. Nicole says:

    Kara – you did a fantastic job writing this blog post. The details are just as important. I find myself looking back at pictures when I was a kid and wanting to see that flowered sofa, the breakfast bowl I loved so much, and the huge belt my dad wore. The collection of pictures is stunning, and you did a great job of capturing the beautiful Higgins Family.

  6. Denise Hunter says:

    Wow! These are fantastic! I love that you can feel the love from the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Lois says:

    Sweet Fancy Moses…who are these big kids? I’ve been following you for years and still remember when Porter was born and you and he were on the cover of CK! Wasn’t that just yesterday?

  8. Lisa W. says:

    THESE are priceless!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely beautiful…the very last one brought tears to my eyes. Becky may you always treasure these photo’s. Beautiful work…beautiful people. Becky your daughter IS gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Lynnsey says:

    These pictures are gorgeous – your family is beautiful. I just wanted to also state that you look beyond gorgeous in these photos – such beautiful shots of you. Keep and cherish these forever.

    These inspire me to want to have photos taken of our family!

  10. Kim Delaney says:

    Beautiful pictures – can’t believe how grown-up your children are now!! Your hair looks beautiful long :)

  11. Addie says:

    These are so beautiful! You look so pretty Becky!

  12. becky says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! I would love to scrapbook those!!! lol!!

  13. Sue Burr says:

    Becky–you have a beautiful family!

  14. Anna says:

    We haven’t seen photos of your family in so long, thanks for finally sharing. The photos are beautiful.

  15. Shawna B. says:

    Gorgeous photos. Beautiful family. Love these!!

  16. OH. I see what you mean. Wow, feels like I was there on that crisp, beautiful day. Thanks so much to both of you for sharing.

  17. Sheryl Pyle says:

    I am amazed at how your little ones are growing up so fast. They are beautiful and you guys have the best pictures. Time goes way too fast.

  18. Sue says:

    I cannot believe your kids are that grown up already. Where has the time gone? I feel like I know them personally, having watched them grow up in your blog posts and scrapbooks. What a beautiful family.

  19. I love the photos! What a beautiful family you have.

    Mary from NH

  20. Katherine says:

    Claire is so beautiful!

  21. Kari Lynn says:

    I love the photos! Very beautiful!

  22. Donna M says:

    I’m already following Kara on IG and adore her work. These photos are stunning!

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  24. Jodi says:

    Stunning photos and such a beautiful family. You are so blessed.

  25. Karen says:

    Garland, TX USA

  26. Robyn says:

    Phoenix, AZ

  27. Hope S says:

    Awesome family photos.

  28. Michelle says:

    So beautiful! I can’t believe how grown up they are! I guess it has been a long time since I have seen photos of the kids

  29. Alison says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  30. Belinda says:

    That last photo of you with your children, is so so beautiful. What a treasure to have forever.