The Henkel Girls | Queen Creek Family Photographer

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Just when I thought it wasn't too long ago that I photographed these girls, they got to the session and I couldn't believe how grown up they look.  

Our session together was definitely memorable for us.  At the bottom of this post there are a couple favorite outtakes of them looking for creepy crawlers.  I was thinking these girls might not be brave with the little creatures that can be in this field, and I was wrong.  They made their dad proud braving it even when there were big spider webs right next to them.  I was impressed….they can get dirty  without complaining.  We laughed, squirmed annnnnd I may have squealed once or twice thinking something was on me.  

My clients know that during a session with me, I tend to talk a lot…yep, a little A.D.D. side effect I have.  During this session I kept saying what gorgeous girls they've grown up to be…probably sounded a tad like the creepy photographer.  Or maybe creepy when I posing with one of the girls to show the other where I wanted her.  When I apologized for giving the vibe of a creepy photographer scouting girls at the mall…the oldest sister laughed and said it would only be creepy if they didn't know me.  
I think that's a compliment since I first photographed them when they were little.  

They are amazing girls and if the mosquitos weren't so bad, I could've talked with them into the night with all my questions with what they've been up to and advice for my kids going to through the same school curriculum they went through.  But the best part is, they weren't in any hurry or annoyed to talk in the front yard with me and their mom.  

The Montei Family | Chandler Family Photographer

Friday, October 10, 2014

After shooting at this location for over 4 years, my client scheduled her family session to use in the White Mountain area.  Her family is one of the original sheep ranchers and used these structures to stay in when watching the sheep in the meadow below.  I love that they now have these historical buildings, her family built, in her portraits.  

They  have three gorgeous children, that yes…also seems to grow up overnight since the last time I photographed them.  Their oldest is almost 10…WHAT?  And their twins…look like they could be just as old as their brother.  

All of them I absolutely LOVE and sadly, before we knew it was getting insanely cold and we had minutes for catching up until we all needed to warm up.

Meet the Montei family and their three gorgeous blonde children.

The Haslup Family | Chandler Family Photographer

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Meet the Haslup family.  One of the most real, laid back, should have their own comedy tour, kind, patient and sweet family.  It's hard to believe that I've been photographing them for almost 8 years when their twins turned 2.  I remember details of almost every session I've shot, but I remember first meeting them like it was yesterday.  The mother told me she figured they she lets them dress themselves  at that age so she let them pick out their outfits…and they haven't changed.   They just let their children be who they are and learning to make decisions as they are growing up.  
There's something special about watching a family grow over the years and see they still hold the same attitudes…and I photograph the stages as they change.

This session I warned them that they'll be lucky to have any pictures in focus from the constant bantering and jokes being made.  While photographing the kids, I could hear the parents laughing while taking pictures of me in action…oh the things they must've been saying.  I'm glad they were far enough away or I'm sure I would've been laughing right along side them.
While the girls have several similarities, they are all different.  At one point during the session, one of their twins and I were walking around she she said she has a hard time paying attention…I think that's about when she became my soul mate and I told her I love her for just that.
This picture below pretty much sums up how fun and different they are.
This little one, the middle child…quiet and taking everything in.  SHE has grown up the most out of the four girls, and I still a little sad looking at her pictures thinking a lot has changed since I photographed her last.  
My favorite is seeing the little dandelion seeds in their hair.  Their twins and best friends.  When I asked them if they argue much or get annoyed with each other, they looked at me like I was speaking a different language. I love that they're truly best friends.
Their youngest, didn't remember me at the start of the session but I'm sure she'll remember me now.  From what I was told, she is the little girl of many faces and I happily got to see all of them.  The sweet smiles and her sillies!  
The last two..just perfect.  Sadly, this session is one of only sessions that I don't have out takes from…weird I know.  I guess that's how they roll.