Keeping it candid & fun with family pictures
The main goal of any photo session is to take nice photos, but I believe there is more to it than just good images. On your last photo session with another photographer, did you have fun and were you relaxed? Or were you miserable and counted the seconds until it was over? This is where Cernosek Photography is different. I strive to make the session as fun and relaxing as possible (sometimes I will even play music during the session).
Most of the time (especially with kids) I have them go play with their parents or siblings. During this time I am taking photos and keeping the atmosphere light, sometimes I play along too. For the kids, it’s more like we are playing, rather than taking photos. For the parents, its like we are just taking a leisurely walk through a park. I know too many parents who stress themselves out over a photo session and those stresses usually migrate into the photos (no one wants this).
I promise that you will have a great time. It will feel like you're spending time with an old friend.
What to expect during your family photo session
Before the session we will have a brief consultation covering all aspects of the photo session from: what to wear, to the theme of the session, etc.
On the day of photos, I will meet at the photo location early and be ready for you when you arrive. Once you arrive, I do my best to introduce myself to your kids so that they can begin to get comfortable with me. Usually by the end of the session, I have the kids telling me stories and talking to me like they have known me for years. Some say that I have a natural gift with kids and building trust. I think this may come from my many years of being a Firefighter & Paramedic. Establishing trust is important because I get to see your kids real personality and this creates candid images.
Some of you have kids who have tons of energy (you know who you are) and we both know they can be difficult to photograph. What I do is embrace their energy, have patience, and use that energy my advantage.