A Photographer’s Christmas

The 2 things I look for most when photographing people — light and emotion — were beautifully gift-wrapped for me at yesterday’s Lifestyle Family Photography session in Palo Alto.

Being natural while I’m shooting comes easily to the M Family probably because they’ve been my clients for 4 years now…. and perhaps I put them at ease because I say embarrassing things like I needed to pee (so true!!!)   🙂

Yesterday was like a Photographer’s Christmas!

I have so much to say about these images, but will refrain.  (And you know that’s hard for me!)

So many of them take my breath away.  Literally, I gasp when I look at these!





(sculpture by Rodin)

Gasp gasp!

Good thing I’m sitting down while I’m editing these images!  I have more editing to work on as my family galleries have about 60-70 images on average.  This is so much fun and I can’t wait to look at them some more.

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  1. Hi Annie,
    Love that bokeh on the first image! What lens you normally shot with? What time do you normally shot? Say..if you have to shot in the afternoon (about 11-2pm) how do you avoid dark shadows on the face? do you use flash? I know you don’t use flash alot…so how do you solve these problem?
    Love the last image too!

    • Hi Jace,

      Let’s see if I can answer all your questions…

      I bring different lenses to my shoots. It depends on the location (indoor, outdoor) and what time of day and how many people I’m shooting. For this shoot, I brought a 24-70mm 2.8, 30mm 1.4, and 85mm 1.4.

      I rarely use flash, especially when shooting children. I just don’t like the look of it and think it hinders the natural expressions of children.

      For midday photography, well… first, I avoid those whenever possible. I only schedule shoots in the morning and late in the day. If I HAVE TO do a shoot midday, then I’ll try to stay in ‘open shade’ or shoot into the sun, so the sun is behind my subjects. That allows them to have their eyes open (rather than squinting from the sun) and also eliminates shadows! VOILA! 🙂


      • Jace

        haha..thanks, you’ve answered all my questions.
        You’re great! 🙂

  2. Megan

    I love them. I would guess that these were done with the new baby?..lens.

    • Thanks so much, Megan! Yep, I did use my new baby during this shoot. I believe most of the images that made it onto this blog post are from that lens. Man, I think I can do an entire shoot with it! It’s just THAT nice! (It has limitations too though, so I don’t think I’d ever be able to do an entire shoot with one lens, especially when it involves children who run around!)

      Thanks for your comment. I LOVE reading comments! 🙂


  3. Yolanda

    LOVE the photos Annie! Yesterday was so much fun. The kids are STILL talking about it!!