A Bittersweet Move

When every where you look, sit, lay and play triggers a happy memory.

When asked when you built, planted, or remodeled something in and around your home, your answer is often tied to the birth of one of your children.

When you are going to move and though the move will be a positive step, it feels bittersweet.  <3

Lifestyle Family Photography sessions at home are dear to my heart because they have incredible meaning.  The way families move around and inhabit space within their home tells a unique story.  And the comfort of being at home for children produces relaxed faces, which is more consequential than a scripted smile.

Check out The F Family’s home shoot to see exactly what I mean…






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  1. My MIL said, “Annie is a tremendously gifted photographer. These are so beautiful…. the photos really capture the maturing of the children perhaps more than I could see in person.”

    Thank you Annie!

    • Your MIL is ON POINT!!! 😉

      Please thank her for me, Julia. That is a very kind and generous thing to say, and it makes me happy hearing it!

  2. Amazing photos, very sweet moments. Would like to know what settings you use and what you typically look for in your composition. The shot outside with the boy on the right edge just has a great feel to it then the story is continued with the shoot of just his toy. Nicely done!

    • Hi Mike!

      Settings depends on the shot. Pretty much I’ll adjust my settings every time one or more of the following occurs:

      1. The light changes

      2. My background changes (ie, if my background is a dark building or light-colored sky, then I need to adjust my settings or else my exposure will be off.)

      3. My perspective changes (ie, if I am shooting downward at something versus shooting upwards at something, it changes #1 and #2: the light and the background!)

      Thank you so much for your comment about the shot of the boy holding the Lego creation. I love that composition bec he is right there on the edge of the frame. It’s breaking a lot of “photography rules” because typically, you’d want your subject right there inside the frame – haha! However, I was going for a different kind of image…one that shows movement and tells a story. The fact that he’s walking into the frame is what I wanted to capture. And I spend a lot of time thinking about THE ORDER of my images, both on my blogsite and my client’s gallery, because it’s all about telling a visual story. 🙂

      To answer your question about what I look for in my composition: it really depends on whom I’m shooting because everyone has a different story to tell. Just like with the image of the little girl eating cheese in the doorway… I wanted your eyes to go to her first (hence, I underexposed it a little, so the inside of the house would be darker and she would “pop”), then have your eyes lead downward to the dog waiting for some cheese (so I didn’t include his entire body). That composition, which I love, had to be created in a second because little kids and dogs do not stay in the same spot for very long!

      Composition is an artistic style and everyone can have a different style. That is okay! And learning to compose quickly (as you would for portraiture of children or lifestyle photography of families) is just training your eye to find things quickly.