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Trick or Treating: A Family FIlm

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Trick or Treating: A Family FIlm

My first real film.  

Can I tell you that seeing your people in motion is priceless?  I didn't know that this would be the last footage of my dad before I lost him to a heart attack a few months later.  I will treasure this forever.  Sometimes it's just good to see your loved ones in more than a still image.  The way their face moves as they laugh, or the way they twirl nunchucks.  I'll say it again...priceless.

So here it is.

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An Evening with the Schepemakers: Life As We Know It

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An Evening with the Schepemakers: Life As We Know It

What do your evenings look like?  Just a typical night.

For this family, there wasn't anything out of the ordinary or extravagant planned.  But these are the simple things that they will cherish.

Like the kids helping make dinner.  Or the trampoline tricks and sibling races in the backyard.  Or watching The Amazing Race together as a family and cheering on their favorites.  Or bedtime routines of reading the Word and quiet snuggles.

This is the good stuff.

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Sassenhagen Family Session: Trophy Club

Such a precious family!  They are fun, full of joy, and know how to have a good time and be silly.  I've photographed them in a more laid back, in home session, but it's always fun to get your "fancy clothes" on and let the buttery light do it's work!

And the photographer too, I mean. ;)

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Extended Family Session in Trophy Club

The Bunch family was so much fun to work with!  You can tell all of the cousins are really close, and that this family likes to have a good time.  I'd be photographing one group, only to turn around and see another group having fun and goofing off.  I loved it!  ( I just needed about 3 of me to be able to capture all of the great in between moments!)

Such a beautiful family, and my first at a new location.  I just loved the way they turned out.  Here are a few from the session.

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The Bertel Family

I loved taking this family's photos because their boys reminded me of my own.  Close in age just like my two, it was fun to speculate how similar my boys would be as they get older.  They were silly and fun and I loved watching their family dynamic.

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Childhood is Magic: Documentary in the Fall

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Childhood is Magic: Documentary in the Fall

I have this problem.  I see certain situations and the details and light will be so inspiring that I MUST take photos.  We were spending a nice fall evening at my sister in law's house, with all the cousins playing in the backyard.

The sun was setting with warm colors.  

The leaves were bouncing with their little feet on the trampoline.

The laughter was filling the air and the joy was contagious.

"Carter?" I said. "Can I run and get my camera???"

He just pointed to the door.  I literally RAN home, got my camera, and RAN back before that magic sun went down too much.  And I started clicking away.

You see, this is why I love documentary photography.  There is the unexpected and you are watching things happen and thinking about how you can capture it in a far from ordinary way.  Because you want the happiness and laughter and magic of the evening to somehow translate through a few still images.  You look for the different angle or the hidden moments.  And then you get home, load all of those images onto your computer and relive it all over again.  Adjusting the colors or lighting to make it just how you remember in your memory.

So here is our magical night.  

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Mother Daughter Session | Fort Worth Family Photographer

Mother Daughter Session | Fort Worth Family Photographer

That magical, golden hour.

I love shooting during the last hour before sunset.  The light is stunning and can transform the most boring setting into something magical.  This particular park had some great features:  a tree-lined dirt road, tall grass, and big trees to let the sunlight filter through.  

If you love this look, definitely schedule an evening session!  The soft light is also really flattering for skin tones and doesn't give the subject harsh shadows.

The mother/daughter connection.

I'm a family photographer because I love capturing connections between people.  I want someone to look at a photo and feel the love between family members, and in this case, a mother and daughter.  

Such a special bond, now preserved in print.