Venturellas, Danners, & Bosley’s :: one of those magnificent megafamily shoots!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve worked with most of these folks before, and was certainly excited about the opportunity to do it again. It didn’t dissapoint… I really, really love what we got from this colorful (that applies literally AND to the personalities involved) sunset-into-nighttime shoot.

I’ve known the Venturellas since little Roman was just a tiny guy. Christina was one of 9art’s first loyal clients…back when my work…kinda… well, it sucked. She and her husband DJ were some of the first to believe in me, and for that, I’ll be forever thankful. Since then, Roman has gotten huge and his little sister  Kendall is equally adorable. If you need an AWESOME hair stylist, look Christina up at ‘styles’ salon here in Joplin.

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Aimee is Christina’s sister, and her lively bunch always keep me entertained. Her husband Tracy has an ornery sense of humor that is always very appreciated by me (even those moments when not 100%…appropriate…) and their 4 beautiful daughters have inherited quite a bit of that fun spark as well. The Danners were generous enough to open up their property for the shoot, where they have a pond, a lovely little forest, and several vintage cars sitting around which made for perfect settings. We kept with the ‘old car’ theme we had for our last shoot, back when we used a family member’s bright orange classic with an alley as our background.

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and let’s not forget the Bosleys… the parents who started it all. They still got it! 🙂

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the rest of the post is just a few of my favorites from working with the individuals as well as the whole group.

 

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I love Roman’s ‘serious face’ on the right…

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our 4th

 

 

   Hey everybody! It’s time for a good ol’ ‘personal’ post… that is, a post with pictures of MY kids instead of somebody elses’. Not that I mind posting pictures of other peoples’ kids… 🙂

    Hope everyone had an awesome holiday. For us it was a time of wonder and uncontainable excitement for a 4 year old boy and 2 year old girl that couldn’t get enough of flaming, sparking, banging things that fly around and catch stuff on fire. Love of danger starts early for Americans, what can I say…

You’ll see from this batch of photos, that I never take pictures OF the fireworks themselves. It’s always reactions TO the fireworks. I always find people more interesting than things/places/events/anything-thats-not-a-people. 🙂

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Harry’s favorite part was chasing parachutes. 

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When he gets REALLY excited, he does this thing where he rubs his hands on his face. As you can see…  so weird, but cute…

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Had some fun dragging shutter speeds to capture writing with sparklers. ‘A’ for my bro-in-law Adam, ‘V’ for my sister Veronica… 

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Going to take more time to experiment with sparkler photos next time… the results can be really fascinating. And a little trippy….

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Harry had fun robot-dancing by the ‘strobes’ light with his aunt Mallory…

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sweet, tired girl. 

 

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sweet, tired girl + creepy aunt.

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The Geisers

   Here’s the Geisers. All of them at once. Take a long look, because this is the only picture I’m showing you with everybody in the same picture. It’s just too much adorable to cram them all into one photo any more than this, so from here on, after this photo, it’ll be broken down into smaller, less intense doses of cuteness.

WHEW! So here’s more…..

sometimes, getting a picture of JUST mom and dad is harder than you’d think. 

thats’ why I like a lens that can get in close… 🙂

Individuals, in order of age: 

I told mom to encourage the kids to bring whatever they liked… which meant trucks & capes for the boys, prairie dresses (antique mall bargain!) for the girls. It’s always so much more fun when we have things like this to work around! 

love this very REAL moment. 🙂

another REAL moment… love it. 

Jamie & Kristie’s double family shoot!

    Jamie and Kristie are sisters… and when Jamie, who lives out of state, planned a trip to visit family, she also planned in a 9art shoot to capture her kiddos + Kristie’s!

    There’s a bit of an age difference, between the kids from the two families… Kristie’s kids are 13, 17 & 18 (I THINK I got that right)…  Jamie’s are 1 and 5. These are pretty much the two age groups that most hate being in pictures… come to think of it, most teenagers don’t outgrow that (I STILL don’t like being in pictures, to be honest with you). So you could say I had my work cut out for me, making sure a good time was had by all. 

Not a challenge I’m a stranger to… while it FELT like chaos (ok, it WAS chaos), everything went super well. The shoot ended up being a blast, and I love the pictures, both ‘posed’ & candid, that came from it. Hope you enjoy it too!

we started out in my favorite local coffeeshop, Joplin Avenue Coffee Co. Originally we’d planned to meet at the park, but when rain got in the way, we began indoors instead. 

After the indoor shots, we ended up just staying downtown… and I’m glad we did! 

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first the young kiddos… followed by the teenagers. I promised them I’d make them look like a rock band. They totally look like one, don’t they? (except maybe for all the smiling).

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we attempted a group shot. Here’s the chaos I was referring to… but I love it!

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probably my favorite shot, below… a natural ‘sister’ moment!

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kinda just let him do his own thing for awhile. I wasn’t disappointed. 🙂

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Yokley twins (#4)

Isabella & Addelyn; the final session from their baby’s 1st year plan. As often happens (and this is ok), it’s past a year now… but we’re fine with that. 🙂

This one of those sessions where I laid in the grass/weeds at least 5 times, and endangered my camera by holding it inches from the water down in the creek… and am not sorry for any of it.

You have to be willing to get a little crazy if you want pictures of toddlers that give any essence of who they are. That’s what we’re all about!

this tractor was played with by Doug (the twins’ dad) when HE was a kid. This was the first time the twins had played with it… so fun!

we ended the session down by the creek. They loved the water, and had certainly earned the right to get a little wet/dirty. 

Couldn’t end this post without a little tribute to Doug… thanks for matching my goofiness, Doug. I know. it’s not fair. No-one ever points the camera at me when I’M being that goofy. But you also know what you’re getting yourself into when you do these things around a photographer… heh heh…

 

Kids are the REAL rock stars (Hunter, session 3)

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    Sometimes, I look at the style that has evolved out of my work, and it feels odd that I take pictures of…babies. I mean, I also take pictures of a lot of other very different things. Weddings, food, downtown scenery, bands & 1940s detectives…but it seems like babies would be the last subject on my list when it comes simply to analyzing the sometimes over-the-top epic shooting style that I tend to take on. 

     But why not? Babies & other children in general are much cooler than we are. They’re as honest as honest gets, pure, funny, and of course adorable… so why can’t I take pictures of them in the same way I’d take pictures of a band or a superhero or some other more seemingly ‘epic’ subject?

That being said, I start with the simple shots… the ones that focus on the expressions & chubby cheeks, quiet moments that are captured in a more classic and timeless way. Sometimes, if you add too much ‘style’ to a picture, it takes away from the subject. 

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But after that… I like to break out the off-camera-flash, the wide angle lens, and lay on the ground or climb a tree for dramatic angles, to capture kids in a stylized and quirky way. It’s fun feeling to see my work take on a unique look. And even more fun plugging that into a genre of family photography that isn’t always approached in a very fresh light. 

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If that came across as egotistical… shoot me.

(And not with a camera).

Enough rambling. Here’s more of the real stars of the show… baby Hunter & big brother Parker. these are some ridiculously cute children. And my camera has NOTHING to do with that fact.

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the Spierings

    Zach, Megan, and their kids Levi, Ellie, & Annie are very good friends of mine. After sharing many a cup of coffee & meal together, it was an honor to be able to capture their family!

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Sometimes I joke about how I shoot everyone as if they were a band. It shows on some shoots more than others…

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The zombie portion of the session.

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Caegan: SESSION 3

    Another baby turned toddler; I’ve seen mr. Caegan go from newborn to very expressive, bouncy little man. take in the CUTENESS!

   This is actually the note we started on. Caegan had just woken up and I was a little too close a little too fast…

he warmed up fast.

this is the expression of an unimpressed toddler. take that, perfect family picture. (he had many such expressions).

 

sometimes I have to turn around to snap a picture of what the parent is doing to get the kiddo to smile… 

It’s a good thing nobody is there to turn the camera on ME, bc I’m generally doing some pretty ridiculous things when I’m taking pictures of toddlers.

MY kids

    Sometimes, I forget to pull the camera back out on my ‘off’ time to capture some images of my own kiddos. I had a recent weekend where that thought hit me, and this time, I pulled out a light, snatched my camera, and started shooting my kids where they played in our own backyard. 

     Maggie (now 2) is not so much a fan of the camera. I’ve chosen to leave out the shot where I told Harry to put his arm around her. Silly me, thinking I could make that happen…but I love her mean-muggin’ expressions all the same. 

   Harry (now 4) is pretty much the complete opposite. This little man was BORN for the camera, giving me pretty much a brand new expression every second I’m shooting. Honestly, it’s scarier than the one that won’t pose at all.

    Love watching their personalities develop….the both certainly have a LOT of personality. Impromptu photo shoots are the best!

 

Oliver (#2)

    Oliver is back. Who is Oliver? A really super cute kid that also happens to be the son of some good friends of mine. They have real cool taste (Oliver’s dad Matt is an amazing graphic designer), so shooting in their house is always a blast. Their clean, bright, modern interior-design style is fun to shoot… but really, that’s just backgrounds. The important part is the little man, and the lens just can’t get enough of him. 

And we’ve discovered a new ‘theme’ to end our shoots on. If you’ll remember this shot from the last session…

Now the last shot, from THIS shoot. (and if you look carefully, you can see the last session in the background!)

If there’s one thing we can learn from the spiels, it’s to go with the flow, meltdowns and all.