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Here are a couple of my light-haired, blue-eyed baby, Eleanor. A guy at Lowe’s just said to us, “I bet her eyes glow in the dark.” I thought that was pretty cool. Seriously, I imagined I’d have a brown-haired, brown-eyed kid. I don’t know where she came from, but Miss Eleanor’s a keeper.

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More pictures of my sister’s beautiful family…

For those of you who know me well, you know that I am much more comfortable with wedding photography than family photos. Crazy, huh? Yes, when photographing a wedding there are some moments of pressure – the first kiss, etc. – but I really enjoy taking pictures of an event as it happens. That’s why one of my least favorite parts of the wedding day is all the posed family photos. Of course I still take these (it’s what Grandma wants to frame), but I definitely prefer the candid, non-traditional photos to these. Anyway, I’m trying to get better at photographing kids. Don’t get me wrong. I love children! I think I just put a lot of pressure on myself when taking family or children photos. I want these pictures to be – like my preferred wedding photos – candid, non-traditional, fun. But toddlers can be difficult! Getting composition, lighting, and my other camera settings right is sometimes all I can focus on – I struggle with entertaining my subjects at the same time. While I’m holding my camera, I have a hard time thinking of clever things to say to get young children to smile – that’s why so many of the photos I have of toddlers are candid, and their smiles and facial expressions are natural. But getting “candid” photos of a whole family tends to be a bit harder for me. Anyway, I typically only take family photos for my own family, close friends, or past clients who know how I work. I’m hoping the more I take, the more comfortable I will become. Meanwhile, my poor brother-in-law Brent will just have to continue to bare with Rachel and I when he comes home from a long day of work to us picking through his closet and me telling him during our photo sessions, “Brent, pretend like I’m not here. Look candid. No, look candid a different way.” Hey, at least I think we got their outfits right. The pink, yellow, and orange has a nice summery feel, doesn’t it?!

What’s not to love about Allie and Mike? I’ve gotten to know these two fairly well this past year through engagement sessions (two – the rain forced us to quit early the first time), countless emails, and of course running into each other at the Akron Marathon (no pun intended). By the time of their wedding the Sunday before Memorial Day, I felt like part of the family. I actually even became misty eyed a couple times during the day – that never happens! Everything about their day was perfect – their first look at the corner of a building, Allie’s gorgeous dress, the beautiful flowers (Parisa at Pink Petals Florist always does an amazing job!)… all the details of the day – Allie and Mike, you two know how to do a wedding right. Congratulations!