A few weeks ago I got to leave the bustle of Washington DC behind and spend an afternoon in Great Falls, VA photographing the Gray Family in their beautiful family home. Approximately 30 minutes outside of Washington DC, parents, Awo and Bob, along with their two young children, welcomed me into their home to stage their second portrait session.
Last fall, the Gray Family and I got together for their first family portrait session and were lucky enough to enjoy one of the most beautiful fall days that the season had to offer. Awo first discovered my work after she Googled around on the internet. Then, during our first session’s planning meeting, she expressed an interest in having a kind of ongoing documentation of the family that could chronicle the kids as they grow. As Awo paged through the images in my holiday card collection, she stumbled across a few familiar faces: the Price family! The Prices are Awo’s close friends, my dear clients, and a good omen because thanks to them, Awo felt reassured that she had made the right choice in hiring me. Then, for our second photoshoot together, it just so happened that I was scheduled to photograph the Price Family the day after the Gray Family and moms Awo and Margot consulted each other to help plan for their shoots.
At our viewing session after the first portrait shoot, she took advantage of an offer that is available with the purchase of one of my collections to book a follow-up session at a 50% discount, an excellent deal that is only available when the next session is purchased during a photo viewing session. So, I dropped off her photos and we quickly got another date on the calendar for photoshoot number two.
Brother and sister, Austen, 5, and Carolina, 3, were full of energy and had eyes for everything but being involved in the day’s photoshoot. Thankfully, my own family and my many years of experience as a Washington DC family photographer, I have learned several tricks that help me get the job done. I could feel Awo’s worry that the shoot was unraveling, but experience has taught me that it’s all part of the process.
Austen and Carolina were so eager to be engaged and entertained that I decided the best way to turn the tables would be to give each of them one-on-one time and a little special treatment. Taking a few minutes to do breakaway sessions with each child helped make them feel like they had a little special time to be photographed alone – the star of the show! I also asked them for some creative ideas we could use to spice up the shoot, so low and behold the two little ones wheeled out their bikes and requested that we incorporate them into the shoot.
In order to continue chronicling her beautiful family as they grow, Awo has decided to do two sessions a year with me, an excellent way to capture Austen and Carolina’s childhood!