These photographs were centered around the concept of a family party decorating Easter eggs. These photos were taken right before Easter. I loved everything about the photo-session. Since this was an extended family session, there are countless combination of photographs I could take. I asked ahead of time what photographs were important to capture then went from there. There were the grandparents, their three children and one of the daughter’s husband and their two girls.
I loved the concept of a family party decorating Easter eggs. All credit goes to Granny. She coordinated the backyard and beach sessions from last year. We emailed back and forth to figure out her vision. The focus was to be on the grandchildren (of course) and their aunt and uncle who were visiting from out of town. I was told that it would be a pretend decorating party. I mentioned I was worried the girls wouldn’t be entertained for the duration of taking photos.
Then I showed up and there were more things to decorate than I anticipated. The granddaughters were entertained the whole time! They didn’t want to leave the table. There were stickers, paint, scissors, markers, play-doh, bubbles, and masks. Everyone had a blast. The decorations were so festive and fun. The bulk of the supplies were purchased at Target.
Since the kids were busy the whole time, it created a relaxed atmosphere and everyone enjoyed being present. Even though this was a planned photo-session, all the decorating and all the emotions are real. That’s why I love lifestyle photography so much- it’s authentic. This family created a wonderful night of memories that will be cherished years to come.
They chose a location that they frequently visit. This took place at their neighborhood park. I had gone to the park previously to scout around for the best light for the photos taken after the egg decorating. You can’t tell from these photos but there is a playground right next to where we were.
There was a slight chill in the air. The one good thing about cooler weather is it allows for sweaters and extra layers in the photo. I thought it was brilliant to have shawls as well. It looked elegant and added another layer. The extra accessories, jewelry, nails done, braided hair, bows, belts adds visual interest and great texture. The men looked handsome and ladies looked gorgeous.
These family pictures were taken in Atlantic Beach, Florida. This cute mom’s family lives right near the beach (close enough that she could show me their homes right before we took pictures). She literally grew up going to this very beach. She always wanted family photos at the pier in Atlantic Beach. She talked about four different backgrounds at the beach that were special to her. She said the boardwalk/bridge were special because her cousin got married there previously. She said the sand dunes, the pier and of course the water. This has become one of my own personal go to spots for photos and to play at.
Could you be able to tell these photos were taken in the fall/winter in Florida? The weather here is fairly mild but there can be cool nights. There was a slight chill in the air and the water was quite cold. The girls opted not to be in the water for many photos.
I mentioned I wasn’t sure how I would get couple photographs because of the baby. The grandfather came to the photo-session just to hold the baby for a couple of minutes at the beginning. This family also brought a little bouncer so the baby would have somewhere warm to sit while he waited his turn to be in pictures. He was bundled up. Yes, I know the families I photograph are prepared.
Another great thing about these family pictures is it was there first time getting family photos done!