Family and Couple Portraits

Family Portraits With Pets Too

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You and your family are unique and that's why my photography is customized to meet your needs. I enjoy people, pets and our gorgeous landscape, and combine all these elements to capture your special moments. Again, it's about listening to what's important to you.  By listening to you, I can understand what location best resonates with you and your family.  Sometimes people are concerned about what they should wear and I'm always happy to brainstorm the possibilities.  I also enjoy discussing what you envision and what you're excited about for your family portraits, together with any concerns you may have.  Sometimes when I'm creating with large family groups, people are concerned about young ones not responding the way they would like.  I've found in the 30 years of amazing experiences that those issues do arise.  Yet, I've found that by engaging young ones in the process, they generally have a great experience - it's like an adventure to them.  If little ones are having a difficult time, I usually will suggest capturing the smaller family groups and then come back to the full group family portrait when the little one has had a chance to regroup.  I've also noticed that being in nature has a tendency to allow people to relax and be their beautiful and natural selves. 

And...for me, this creative process is about you and the way in which we can make your beautiful family shine in the best of ways.

You might ask, what goes into a portrait?  It's the whole of-the-senses memory which is infused into the image that is the portrait.

I feel it's an opportunity to share with the world who we are and it's also the opportunity to see the beauty of who we are reflected back to us. Portraits are like a landscape and in some ways a tapestry and weaving showing where we've been and where we are at the present time. In many cases, especially with celebrations, it's about capturing a wonderful moment in time which embraces the love, joy, beauty and wonder we feel about those we love. 

 

For me, I've discovered through many years of photography and through my own evolution as an artist that the whole memory really is infused into the image.  Maybe that's why photographs are the first things people think about when there is something important to be salvaged and saved.

I have the privilege of capturing portraits for so many people and have the honor to be a wonderful part of so many amazing celebrations of love and people coming together, it really touches my heart!  I feel it's a privilege and honor to create with others. As well, I have the opportunity to share the beauty of the natural areas I so love with others. I get to capture memories for others in a new way all the time and I get to relive the wonder as though, for the first time, I visited a certain area through the eyes of those I create with.

And...we simply cannot forget about our wonderful pets

Our pets – they really are such an integral part of our families.  They bring us love and joy and many occasions for laughter.  It seems rather natural to include your pets in your family portraits and even perhaps capture an aspect of their special personalities in a portrait all by themselves. 

 

My photography really does embrace the beauty and wonder in all life and I particularly love the natural wonder of our Earth, which includes the people, pets and landscape which encompasses all Earth’s family.  I enjoy the stories I hear about the special part pets play in our lives.  Each family and pet is unique, so I like to brainstorm with  the families who I portray to help me understand the type of portrait which will best  reflect the story of your family. 

 

I have had so many people share with me that photographs really do rekindle our wonderful memories and this resonates with my feelings as well. 

 

I enjoy capturing the love, joy and beauty of your family in natural surrounds that are comfortable for all.  That’s why I enjoy coming to your home where your pets are really at home or in the magnificent natural landscape. 

 

Please enjoy this gallery as a reflection of the feelings I have for all people and animals.

 

I look forward to discussing your personalized portrait.

​​​As a fine art pet, people & nature photographer who enjoys all life. I love pets and feel our pets help us celebrate our lives. They bring us joy and many occasions for laughter, and a photo allows us to capture that memory forever. It is only natural to include your pets in your family photography and even perhaps capture aspects of their special personalities in a photographic portrait all by themselves. Each pet has a unique personality and it is an art to capture that in a photograph. A photo of our pets is a lasting memory of that moment in time when it was captured. A photograph allows us to look back and enjoy that time of our pet's lives over and over again.

How do I feel About Families and Couples I Create with?

Your Family and Couple Portraits - Would you rather have a photo session or a wonderful experience for everyone involved?  I feel one of the most important things to look for in a photographer for your special coming togethers is listening to what is important to you.  You obviously look for your photographer to be professional and give you beautiful images and memories which you will treasure for your lifetime. Also, you want to have your images delivered in a timely manner, and as promised. What if you could also have a fun experience you will always remember?

 

I love creating with families in nature because everyone seems to relax and get into a joyful space.  I enjoy brainstorming with my people to determine the perfect location; and one that will provide different venues within the natural area.  Sometimes people have a favorite location; and I encourage the collaboration.  If the area selected by my people is not one I’m familiar with, I will scout the location for the best time of day and additional options they may want to include, so their photography experience is the best it can be.  As well, I like to engage the whole family in the process, so it’s fun for everyone.  When I’m creating photography with large family groups, I always invite the families to capture smaller family groups, significant others, and the kids as well. Sometimes engaging each child in this experience makes them feel special.  I’ve had many families and couples say “this is really a fun adventure” and “you made us feel really special.”  Yes, to me, you are unique and you deserve to have a personalized and enjoyable experience.

 

During your portrait experience, you may find that you want different photos taken which reflect your family having fun or a different vantage point you may not have thought of.  Because of my photographic experience and love of nature; I am able to easily support your spontaneous requests.

 

When I create with couples; sometimes they will want to include a hike to their favorite area; and I am always open to discovering new territory, which provides the perfect backdrop for your photographs.   

 

So…for me it’s not a photo session, it’s the whole beautiful experience which you will continue to look back on and enjoy!

In the everyday celebrations and coming together with those we love, it's easy to feel joy.  Memories help us to remember these wonderful times with our families, with our special someone and with our wonderful pets.

Enjoy the way we discover romance in our everyday lives.  Do you find joy with your family, your significant other, your pet or just alone in the wonder of nature.  How do you find romance and wonder in your beautiful life?


The Wonder of Portrait

What really is a portrait? Is it perhaps capturing a moment in time of a celebration or a wonderful place you love? For me, the portrait is a story - it reflects where we've been and also where we are today. The face, even if the face does not show gives us a glimpse into the amazing wonder of who we are as people, pets and yes, even the landscape.
 

We Are Family

What better way to commemorate the love you have for those you love than in a family portrait in the beauty and wonder of the natural world. I love to create with all celebrations and coming togethers, and love creating with my families. I find that nature also allows people to relax and hear and feel the rhythm of their own heart. I love to engage all members of the family, so they are honored and acknowledged and I also listen to what is important.

The Wonder of Pets

The wonder of pets bring a full embracing of love, joy, beauty and wonder into our lives. They help us to be the best we can be and all through their unconditional love.

Your Family Portrait - It's Really About You

When people contact me to see if I create family portraits, I am really so excited, because for me it's about the beauty of your family and the places I have the opportunity to share with you; that you then get to take home and enjoy as often as you would like.

For me, creating the photography for your family portrait is about giving you a rich and beautiful whole experience.

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