Monthly Archives: September 2012

Have a Koch!

Meet the Kochs (pronouced Coke, ha!) In keeping with the last post on twins, I thought I’d give you another set; this time a little bit older. Once twins are older than 3ish, photographing them is easy peezy, even combined with younger & older siblings. Kids in general are fun, fantastic, & lively. They give endless facial expression & almost endless energy.

Shooting the Koch’s was a highlight of my summer 2011 (yes, I’m behind on blogging shoots. Bare with me.) We laughed, we jumped, & they laughed at my jokes which earns them an automatic spot in my tender photographer’s heart, AND we got some really fantastic images. Enjoy!

And of course, the whole Koch bunch including the two responsible for this ciaos. Might I add too, that these parentals had no intention of being photographed that day. I forced them to jump into a shot or two promising if they didn’t, they regret it later.

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“Hi Julie, this is …. & we need photos & we have TWINS!”

Fear always creeps into my photographer heart when these words are uttered from the mouth of a client. These shoots always leave me exhausted & sweaty, but the resulting photos are tender & nothing short of a miracle. Shooting one baby is hard. Shooting two babies is …whoa.

If you have twin babies & you are planning family photos, here are a few tips:

1. Plan on the shoot taking extra time.

2. Be patient with the kids, yourself, & the photographer. Remember, all you need is one good shot but it might take 25 to get that one good shot when twins are involved!

3. Smile even when you don’t feel like it. Oh, & have fun. Photos won’t look fun unless you’re having fun!

Don’t forget the most important relationship in the family! Your spouse! It’s what got you into this situation in the first place! Document it!

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Happiness Among the Apricot Trees

Family photos don’t have to be painful. Here are a few tips to success in your next family shoot:

1. Let the kids help choose their clothing. Kids like power. If you let them be involved, they’ll be happier during the activity. 


2. Don’t be afraid to show feeling. If you feel like kissing someone, do it. If you feel like laughing out loud with a wide open mouth, do it. If you feel like grabbing your husbands tush, do it.


3. Don’t get so emotionally involved. Try to understand that the stars may not necessarily align for your shoot. Don’t create this crazy, ideal, perfect photo in your mind. You’re bound to end up disappointed. Every person doesn’t have to have their perfect smile or perfect legs or perfect hands. Photos should be a representation of your family at that moment. Do you sit around grinning perfect all the time with your hands & feet folded? Have a little fun! Laugh. Wiggle. Be alive! 


4. I repeat: Laugh. Wiggle. Be alive.