Some weddings are full of tears of joy & others are filled with constant laughter! Everyone handles big life events differently & this wedding was a prime example of that! The moms cried sweet happy tears; the bride & groom smiled & laughed throughout their ceremony. Afterwards the bridal party had us all laughing so hard some of us (namely me) had to stop to catch our breathe! Just take a look at this beautiful couples gorgeous beach ceremony.
& with the final rays of light the wedding party let loose....
Reading that title you are probably thinking one of two things-yes, please tell me how I can keep my kids clean, & happy & smiling at the camera, or pssshhh! there's no such thing! Truth is keeping kids "clean & happy & smiling at the camera" is a daunting task especially for that one specific moment during your whole entire vacation where you NEED them too & to the naysayers "pssshhh it is so possible" just maybe not your entire version of "perfect".
Just take a look at this photo above...now to everyone that wasn't there for this session you should know something....this photo was staged. Yes I purposely had the 2 younger ones running circles around their parents & sister. Why? well because they were already running around chasing each other so why not reposition them so that I could truly capture this "moment". Will this photo ever get blown up to a 30x40 print & hung in their family room? maybe not, but then again to me this photo was what truly captured this family at this stage in their life.
I go into each & everyone one of my family sessions(weddings too) with a clear head & an open heart. MY goal is to make sure I capture real family moments, real laughs, & real hugs.
Our family takes family photos every spring so trust me when I say I have been in your shoes! Our family photos this year included our FOUR dogs! Talk about absolutely madness but it helps keep everything in perspective for me as a photographer. I have been in front of the camera I KNOW how stressful it is when your 2 year old decides today is the day they are NOT going to take a nap. (keep a look out for the next blog post with my family photos)
Exciting news over here at Anna Calhoon Photography! I am officially on Wedding Wire now & bonus I already have 5 reviews from 5 of my wonderful brides!!!! Just take a look at a few!
Were you one of my fabulous brides this year? If so I would love for you to review my on WeddingWire! As a bonus wedding wire is giving out a complimentary gift to brides that review 2 or more wedding vendors. Just click the icon below to start your review!
ps Im booking now for 2016 so if you or someone you know will be getting married next year, dont forget to send in your inquiries