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  • Welcome to Our Journal

    Keith is a photographer who believes that kids are nearly perfect and that great images capture a bit of that perfection for all eternity. He loves that children don’t filter their emotions. Living loud is their power. And his job is to capture a moment of their uncontained imaginations: your children, unscripted.

    Melissa is the studio manager, adoring wife, busy mom and occasional writer that believes she is living the most beautiful life in the whole world.

    Keith and Melissa have two amazing daughters, Isabella and Gabriella and a little Jack Russell named Pooch.

    This journal is our personal blog about our family, photography, travel and how we are inspired by children in all their authenticity, one beautiful photograph at a time.

Family Photography | Downtown Phoenix

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One of our most favorite families in the whole wide world! Is it possible that these kids get cuter every time we see them??? And mom gets younger looking each year. Not sure what her secret is!!!!

Downtown Phoenix is a super fun spot for a family session. Kids get to run and run, they get to stand in the middle (of a not so busy) street, hang on train tracks, easy to keep them busy with all sorts of cool kid things to do!

 

Children’s Photography Phoenix | Holiday Photos

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I love when we get to photograph a family with kids exactly the same ages as our children. I love the dynamics. How do the siblings interact? Do they fight as much as my kids do when having their photo taken? How bout bribing, did mom have to promise them anything to behave? Why yes she did. Just like I would have to if my kids were getting their photos taken! Except hers cooperated!

It’s always so reaffirming for me to be around other children and see that kids are just so much better behaved for a family portrait session when they aren’t your own kids!  And of course I am reminding myself that it has been at least 4 years since our last family session! Tons of great photos of our kids taken by Keith – documenting their childhood one day at a time. But it’s high time for a family photo!

Happy New Year!

kids sessionsThis is just a tiny sampling of all the wonderful family sessions we had in 2014! Thank you families that continue long traditions as well as those that have just started a new one!

We have so many great clients, friends and friendors that my heart is full just thinking of all the amazing families that we are lucky enough to document throughout the year!

Lots of laughs, tears, running, jumping, climbing and just pure fun. Tons of improvisation and just letting kids be kids. That’s what we love.

Thank you everyone! Happy 2015!

Tips on Photographing Christmas Morning

One of our most popular posts with thousands of views is our Tips on Photographing Christmas Morning. I figured it might be time to repost this tip just in time for the Holidays!

Friends and family always ask me how I shoot my kids around the holidays – especially on Christmas morning.  Here are a few tips:

  • Get as much light in the room as you can – turn up ambient lighting, open shades – we want to be able to use natural light – try to keep flash OFF!
  • Look at the scene – are there windows behind your tree?  If you shoot directly at the windows – your pictures will come out dark.  Move to the side, look for a better spot, find a good angle, change up angles
  • Be ready to push the shutter at a moments notice – we are looking to capture natural expressions on your children’s faces
  • Get down on the ground with them while they are opening presents 
  • Shoot quickly and shoot often!  You don’t want to miss anything – you can edit later!
  • Don’t forget the detail shots – a beautiful ornament, a bow on a present – we can tell a beautiful story by including these pictures
  • Document the day – start the night before – take pictures of Santa’s cookies, the tree before the kids wake up (refer to my tips of photographing holiday lights), your children sleeping, stockings hanging on the mantle…
  • If your pictures are too blurry – then add a flash (only as a last resort!)

Here is a suggestion for an interesting shot of your kids opening up their gifts under the tree:  use a tripod, turn up ambient lighting, if flash is built into camera: turn flash off, use longer exposure setting (for those that have no idea what I’m referring to – like my wife!) set the dial on the big P: Program Mode, focus on the tree (your kids should be ripping open their gifts).  The result should be a great shot of your tree and children with motion blur!

Footnote:  these are general rules – all rules can be broken or depending on your experience level – interpreted in your own way or completely ignored!  This is one way – but not the only way!  Play around with what works for you and your camera!

 

Upper West Side Manhattan | NYC Family Session

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Those that haven’t lived in the Big Apple may not appreciate how coveted outdoor space is when you live vertical amongst millions of other New Yorkers. When this mom emailed me about having a family session in NYC this fall, she mentioned that she would like to include their new outdoor deck if possible. What a space. Multiple levels with amazing views. My oh my what a treasure this space is.

We just clicked with this family immediately. Love how they let their kids live life through exploration and fun. The kids were exactly themselves and that’s why I love this session so much. Improvisation and documenting exactly what was happening in their home on this chilly fall November day. These photos tell their story. And I love that.