My Candy Store

Quiet moments, laugh-out-loud moments, sweet tender moments, serious moments.  Having all of these things and beautiful sunlight in one Lifestyle Shoot is my “candy store”!  I am gasping in delight at the plethora of emotions and stories that unfolded that morning.  Take, for instance, this first photo below of the dad walking with his youngest daughter.  That was my first frame.  My very first shot.  When a shoot starts like this, it’s just…WOW.

There is no magic pill or fancy formula.  My advice to you, if you have a photoshoot coming up, is…

Relax.  Be yourself.  Have fun.  Don’t have an agenda.  Let your kids be kids.

Now come check out my “candy store” of moments from this past weekend!



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  1. I was really taken by the story you captured here.
    I’ve visited tog forums where people worry that they couldn’t make the kid smile. I’ve been in parks and watched parents angrily demand their children to smile for the camera. And they don’t realise that the emotions they need for a beautiful image are already present on their kid’s face.
    Well done Annie!

    • I know exactly what you mean! It actually makes me feel sad when I see photographers and/or parents demand that the child(ren) smile. 🙁 It ends up being a fake smile if they do oblige anyway, so why force them? I’d rather have a non-smiling shot of my kid than one where I said, “SMILE NOW!” Actually, I’d never say that, so even typing that makes me chuckle a bit.

      Well, to each their own, right, Melissa?!! Some people would rather have a shot with a smile, even if it’s a fake one. So I try not to judge. <:)

      I'm really glad to hear, however, that there are people like YOU who not only support my style of photography, but also enjoy it! Yay! When I first started shooting professionally, I was one of the only people I knew of who shot this way, without forced smiles, flash, and recycled props. I felt like I was going against the grain, so to speak. Anyhow, portraiture has come a long way. Thanks for your comment. Really. It made my day!