Sometimes the very things you plan for are exactly the things you do not get. Just because you have an idea or a vision doesn't mean that it is going to happen as you had hoped it would. Case and point; the world of concept photography. There are people out there everyday trying to make an image in their head become something tangible on a piece of photo paper. But it takes work, planning, consulting, and often a team.
When you try to go in it alone...you may get something, but that something could be just a shadow of what you were hoping to achieve. However, there can be fruit in everything we do. For instance, a concept piece that I was working on - and will revisit - truly missed the mark. From the failure came an invaluable exercise of working at peak harsh-light time at various locations with a model.
The experience showed me what needs to be down to successfully conduct a concept piece and how one cannot leave things to chance. Fortunately I was able to turn my session into an experience that allowed me to work with the beautiful Karen Kruger. She has told me that she loves the photos and enjoyed being part of the process. Here are a few of my favorite captures of the session we had together.
With the holiday season upon us, we at DNA Photography are thankful for soo soo many things this year. First for the union of our four-person family #Simthlordedlides when Steph accepted my hand in marriage in May! We are also thankful that we both made it out alive after deciding to get married and build a house in the same year. We are thankful for our amazing family and friends that have helped us along the way. The list goes on and on...but one that we get reminded of, almost every single weekend, is our extended DNA Family. We have some of the best clients in the world and we love that we get the chance to see most of them at least once (sometimes twice) a year.
We have been shooting the Sweet/St. Pierre family now for more than a four years. When we started we were a mere five-minute drive from each other. Then they moved about 45 minutes away and we thought our days of capturing their family portraits were over...but they asked us to come down to them. Then we moved our home studio to another location and they came back to see us. And honestly...we could not be happier. In fact...this is why we got into family photos. We wanted to grow with families and learn something new about them every time we see them. Now Miss K walks up to us with a giant grin on her face knowing that she is with people who are going to make this process fun! Little Man W is always a joy unless you have to wake him up from a nap and lastly we all are still testing the waters with Baby B; after all he is not a seasoned veteran yet like his other two siblings.
Brian and Anna have done such an amazing job with their little family. We love them more than we can express and get excited to hear from them multiple times a year! Here are a few of our favorite shots from their latest session.
Sometimes...it is just too cold. We took to Portland's Eastern Promenade to capture one of our return families on a bitterly cold afternoon. It was so cold that the family had all agreed to do the entire family shoot within a 50-foot area. I love variety and we at DNA Photography love a good challenge. So we took on this multi-tiered family and we believe that we made it work. We were able to get a fun variety of the Schram family and get everyone back in time for the 4pm football games. We have said it before and we will say it again - we love our returning families! It is such an honor to have so many families return to us year after year. We are so thankful for all our supporters. Here are a few of our favorite captures on this cold and windy shoot.
Jamie Sprague loves Portland's Old Port which is why when discussing where to shoot her family pictures she wanted to do it there - right in the hustle and bustle of the cobbled-stone roadways. We were a little skeptical about shooting there in the middle of the morning when the sun was directly overhead but with our new travel light we decided to test its power against the sun. Based on the end results, we think it held its own and in doing so allowed us to delivery some fun family photos in a location and at a time we would not have dared try shooting just a few months ago.
Brad and Jamie Sprague have done an amazing job raising their two boys. So polite and so respectful of one another...even at their young age. It was more than refreshing to say the least. This family came to us a few years ago...and we hope their visit because more frequent for this was a shoot we really enjoyed doing! We hope you enjoy the Sprague teasers!
We met our long-time friend Beth and her fiancé Bill out at Pineland on this rainy evening and the entire time we there we found ourselves running from the fog that was slowly creeping up on us the entire shoot. These two were so much fun to photography and it was clear to see how happy these two really are together. Despite the gloomy weather we had an amazing time with them and in the end, we surrendered to the fog and let it consume us which made for some fun misty photos. These two plan to wed in 2018 and we are excited to hear about their progression along the way. Here are a few of our favorite shots from their session. Good luck guys!
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