This family session was pretty special for me as it was for my mentee, Stacy. When Stacy was looking for a mentor I was not sure what I could offer, as I had never mentored in photography before, but was happy to have her tag along to a few weddings to check it out and ask me a few questions. We got along so well that I have since hired her as my assistant for weddings, so this is a face people might see when they hire me as she has become part of my team.
Her little girl Amelia is such a little sweetie and we figured as we have met a few times that she would be into getting her photo taken, but we were all wrong that day! As a family photographer my mantra is to let it go, and embrace the chaos and live in the moment of who your family REALLY is. Which is exactly what Stacy and Nate ended up doing. I mean she was pretty cute when having her meltdown…of course it is always easier to say that when you are not the parent 😉
We wandered around Fort Langley and it was just before Halloween so I found a cute little pumpkin I thought I could cheer Amelia up with but it may have backfired since she looked at me like I was just weird (lol). I wore it on top of my head while taking photos, and then put it on Stacy’s head. Anything to get a smile!
One of my favourite photos from this session is of Stacy and her husband Nate having a tender moment and you can see Amelia in the background having a meltdown. This photo is a great reminder that sometimes you just gotta stop and take in that you are two awesome adults doing the best you can do, and hug it out!
We pulled out all the tactics – silly dancing, looking for imaginary ducks in the water, galloping around like a pantomime and throwing leaves in the air, but nothing was going to fool this little one into cracking a smile, and that was totally ok (by me anyway)! I love how honest these photos are, and let’s face it, even with a scowly face this little munchkin is such a cutie pie!
Thanks so much to Stacy for allowing me to photograph your family, and for your friendship that has come through that one step of you looking for a mentor!