Couldn’t Ask For More

This Lifestyle Family Photography session had fun activities that resulted in high-pitched squeals as well as quiet activities that were so beautiful that pedestrians stopped to look.

My favorite time was this peaceful moment when Sabrina laid with her mom on a hilly slope and watched the leaves fall over them.  It was as if time had stopped for this to happen.  Had 5 minutes passed or 50?  It was really breathtaking.

By the way, if I could give out awards, I think Dave and Winnie would win a “Coolest Parents Award” because not only were they totally fine with their well-dressed kids getting wet during their shoot, but also, they encouraged it!  Right off the bat, Dave put his hand in the fountain (filled with rain water from the day before) and then sprayed Sabrina and Oliver’s faces!  My jaw dropped when I saw that!  Good thing Winnie came prepared with a suitcase of “just in case” clothes because it wasn’t long before Sabrina was soaked to the bone.

Winnie and Dave’s intention that day was to let their kids have fun and be themselves.  And well, the kids love water!  🙂

I couldn’t ask for more.


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  1. Fred Kerr

    Simply fabulous. Such unique chemistry you have with clients!

    • Thank you SO MUCH for your comment, Fred! I love what you said. 🙂 I think that chemistry between subjects being photographed and the photographer has an enormous influence on the outcome of the images!

      Happy holidays to you and your family!

  2. Winnie

    I feel like I just re-lived that day and how fun it was! It totally seems like it was 2 days – one in summer and one in fall! I love how Sabrina is totally lost in the moment of her water playing and also love our both family portraits – the upside down one and the tender one. That is totally the way Oliver kisses – like he’s about to eat me!!! Thanks, Annie for a great day!!!

    • I know, that photo of Oliver about to eat you is SO CUTE! It made me chuckle. Actually, quite a few photos from your shoot makes me laugh and smile…or give an audible “Awwwww!” I can’t wait to share your entire gallery with you and Dave!

  3. Russell

    Hi Annie,
    A gorgeous post!

    I’ve been a long follower of yours and just love your lifestyle shoots, style, natural moments and the post-processing.

    Can I ask, as a professional your focus is always spot on, I wanted ask if you use manual autofocus moving the auto cursor (dot) through the viewfinder or purely via the lens?
    I ask because autofocus can be a little unreliable and frustrating if it’s always “searching” for that focal point. (I’m using a D7000).

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Russell,

      Thank you for following me for so long! What a compliment! 🙂

      For focus, I never ever ever use Auto. I use the single focus selection (the one tiny dot) and move it with the thumb pad to where I want it (usually an eyeball, but it may be a hand or lashes or some other detail that I want to highlight in the shot). It takes a little longer to get, especially with moving subjects, but it allows for more creative work.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.