I got wolf-whistled!

Is it wolf-whistled or cat-called? I'm not sure of the proper terminology.

I was photographing a wedding on Saturday evening and the ceremony had just concluded and cocktail hour was about to start. The ceremony part was being transformed into a beautiful location for the reception. The guests were milling about outside a different area and I was rushing to get inside the cocktail hour to photograph the hor d'oeurves and signature cocktails.

On the bench outside the cocktail area there was a little boy about eight or nine years old who was sitting with his father, playing on dad's phone. He must have been playing with ringtones or some kind of noisemakers. As I passed by him, I heard an electronic wolf whistle!

The little boy was turning beet red but smiling at me. I paused and said, "Thanks for that! I'm married, but thanks!" His grandparents nearby starting cracking up.

I have no idea if it was intentional or just a coincidence. If he was any older it wouldn't have been as funny. The things kids do! This was also the wedding in which the flower girl was standing next to the bride and waved to the audience the ENTIRE time. It cracked me up.

Kids say the darndest things...

I was at a lovely park in Lewis Center the other day when it was 60 degrees outside (in February - how?!) and a little boy about eight years old was playing near me. We started talking about his light-up sneakers, and he informed me that they were Star Wars shoes. He told me that he likes Star Wars a lot, and Chewbacca has a gun and a lightsaber, and ... (insert huge spoiler that I don't know about because I haven't seen the movie so I won't repeat it here). I told him that I haven't seen the new Star Wars movie yet. He said, "It's PG-14." Hee!

"Well, I could see it since I'm over 14," I told him. He looked at me quizzically... "You're over 14?"

I nodded, feeling pretty awesome that I could be mistaken for a middle schooler. He said "So is my grandma!" Awesome. That sudden whoosh you heard was the air being let out of my balloon.

Got a shy kid?

Sometimes a big component of a family session is getting the kids warmed up. One of my frustrations when I was a client myself was how rushed it felt for us when our photographer was more concerned about producing as many images as fast as possible then running us off. As an adult, that's fine to tell me to smile wider or look this way or that, but for my child? Umm, good luck getting a toddler to follow directions!

My son is a sweet, shy little guy who absolutely needs some time to warm up to someone. I tried several times when my son was tiny to get the perfect family photo that I could be in, since usually I'm the one with the camera, but it never 'clicked' for us, if you'll excuse the pun. Without fail, each time we wound up with a lot of pictures, but the VAST majority were blank stares, tears, and drool...and that was just from my husband (I kid, I kid!).

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As a parent first and photographer second, I know how vital it is to get your little ones comfortable before this stranger with a big camera starts snapping away. I like to check in with the kids before we begin to see how they're feeling, or if they're too young to talk, then just to play and maybe get a smile or two before the camera comes out.

I believe in taking our time to get it right, not rushed like a 15-minute mini session or a quick appointment at the mall studio. I can speak from experience that yes, you can get a lot of photos, but if your family doesn't look their best or have good facial expressions, is it worth it?

I just ran across our images from a session when my son was a year old and I did buy prints for posterity's sake but none of them are on display in our house because we just don't enjoy the photos. That's what I want to help families achieve - pictures that don't just sit in the bottom of a filing cabinet. We all want beautiful photographs to share and enjoy.

This picture is a little girl who was very wary of me. Her mom clued me in beforehand that she may be a tough cookie, so I spent extra time just letting her warm up to me. Pretty soon we were getting happy expressions like this - how sweet is this child?! I love that joy on her face.

See more of her family's Mother's Day session HERE.

"Lisa was able to capture gorgeous photos of my girls! They can be shy at times but she was able to get them to open up and get some great pictures. Lisa was professional, sweet and super easy to work with. I would highly recommend her services!!"  --Alaina J.