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5 CLIENT SESSIONS TO CONVINCE YOU THAT SUMMER IS THE BEST TIME TO TAKE FAMILY PICTURES

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5 CLIENT SESSIONS TO CONVINCE YOU THAT SUMMER IS THE BEST TIME TO TAKE FAMILY PICTURES

There are so many decisions to be made when it comes to family photo shoots. These questions mainly revolve around three words: when, where and why? We all know the why to family sessions is to document this specific moment in time, but what about the other two? When and where are two really big questions. While I offered a couple of suggestions on picking the best location for your family last week, I am here today to shed light on another secret of mine! I am asked a lot about what the best season is to have a family photo shoot and in my opinion, the proof is in the pudding! Take a look at these family photo sessions to decide for yourself!

I'll be honest, the best time to book a family photo session is in the summer! Are you surprised? I know a lot of people vote for fall and the leaves are beautiful during this time but there is something to be said for those lively green leaves too! This summer provided me the perfect opportunity to take advantage of beautiful settings full of lush green meadows with wild flowers and pops of natural color. We were also able to enjoy many water features that sometimes get a little too chilly to enjoy later in the fall season. Not to mention, Amarillo has some beautiful red sandstone that looks gorgeous against a summer setting!

A plus to scheduling a family photo shoot in the summer also is that schedules tend to be a little more flexible. The kids are out of school which usually means there are fewer activities pulling parents in all directions. Summer evenings offer immeasurably beautiful light that curves around the bright green leaves. There is no better way to end the day than to be together as a family documenting how wonderful and beautiful you all are!

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ENGAGEMENT SESSION | WESTERN FARMHOUSE STYLE | TEALA WARD PHOTOGRAPHY

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ENGAGEMENT SESSION | WESTERN FARMHOUSE STYLE | TEALA WARD PHOTOGRAPHY

When two people come together, sometimes is is like worlds collide and create the perfect mixture. That is how this engagement session was in my opinion. Whitney and I chose this location based on a western farmhouse style of decor. We made this session one that could be easily displayed at events or in the comfort of their own home that complemented surrounding decorating. We decided that neutral was the best way to go but made sure that didn’t mean boring. Sometimes I say “neutral” colors and I see a little bit of disappointment in that word. I was not disappointed. From the cowboy hat to her splash of glam and sequins, this photo shoot was anything but boring. Their personalities were excellently executed in their wardrobes and I was thrilled with how the light captured a little bit of each feature they brought to the table.

We stepped a little outside of the box for this photo session and hiked to multiple different locations in this area. They were so good about working with me on different poses and trying a variety of new things. I was thrilled and so impressed that these two were so sweet and attentive to each other during our entire photo shoot. I guess I shouldn't expect anything different from an engagement session but I could honestly feel the love in their actions. It was amazing. I was also able to get intimate photos and photos that displayed their true relationship as if there was no camera present at all. I like those kinds of photo sessions. I love being able to sometimes guide but sometimes just sit back and observe at they paint this picture of their relationship through my photos. I was even able to try a couple new editing techniques for this photo session because I was just so inspired.

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B + O | RIVER FALLS ENGAGEMENT SESSION | TEALA WARD PHOTOGRAPHY

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B + O | RIVER FALLS ENGAGEMENT SESSION | TEALA WARD PHOTOGRAPHY

Occasionally I will have clients that come to me and don’t really have a vision for their photos. They want photos taken and they know they of course want them to look good but other than that, they refer to me for the artistic creation of the perfect photo. Bailey was not that client. I was so impressed because she knew that she wanted to have the engagement session at River Falls Wildlife Refuge and had a dress already ordered. She had a vision. It was wonderful to see her personality shine through and jump out of each photo! The color she chose for her dress combined with her fiances wardrobe was brilliant against the foliage of this wildlife refuge.

Color theory is one aspect of photography that not all clients are aware I even think of. However it is a key element in choosing locations and creating an all inclusive piece of art. My goal as a photographer is to make these photos artistic pieces that show life and love. Simply put, I want these photos to be ones you live in and can escape to.

Having your photo taken can be awkward. I always encourage my clients to relax and act natural but often times it is easier said than done. Again, these two were not those clients. It was wonderful watching laughter fill this refuge and I was thrilled to be able to capture these two in raw elements, deeply in love. Of course love is one of the primary emotions in an engagement session and that was definitely the case here. Each photo and each move we made seemed to build upon the last photo and become more and more of story as opposed to flat photographs. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for these two and am thrilled I had the opportunity to capture life in these wonderful moments.

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FAMILY SESSION | DOWNTOWN AMARILLO | TEALA WARD PHOTOGRAPHY

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FAMILY SESSION | DOWNTOWN AMARILLO | TEALA WARD PHOTOGRAPHY

Have you had the time to take a look at these photos? Did you fall in love with her hair. Ya, me too. Jessika is actually my hairdresser and has an amazing personality to boot. For this session, I worked with Jessika and her family to pick the location and the wardrobe selections to build a photo that showed who they are as a family.

We chose downtown Amarillo and planned their wardrobe to pop against the neutral back drop of these seasoned buildings. Boy did this turn out to be the perfect combination of elements. As a photographer that works with my clients to coordinate locations and wardrobes, I seem to be able to take a little bit of the pressure off of my clients. I love being able to tell them what has worked in the past or what would be a new twist to create these photos that will last forever.

I loved being able to capture some of the texture in the background of these photos that added just enough to make these three shine and stand out as bold, energy filled individuals. Working with families is so much fun. While taking photos of little ones often requires a little more improvisation, these photo session allow me to take a snap shot of their growing and developing personalities along with how much love and inspiration they draw from their parents. These three had such a wonderful and powerful connection with each other and watching the relationship between this little girl and her loving parents was beautiful. Sometimes I think of how lucky I am to capture these moments and I have to often take a step back. I am pretty lucky to be surrounded by people who want to document their love for each other and I am grateful I am the person who gets to do that for them.

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