Thursday, December 2, 2010

Photographing Your Own Kids

I debated about the title of this post. I first had "shooting your own kids" but didn't know if I would want the type of viewers who might be interested in that.

I have heard it is often more difficult to photograph your own children than other people's kids. Since becoming a professional photographer I have had lots of chances to photograph other people's kids. I often take candids of my own, but don't do formal shoots very often. But since Lucas recently turned 6, Alex just turned 4 and Ryder is 6 months I decided it was time.

During the shoot there were tears... from all three kids.

There was bribery in the form of lollipops

And there were smilesTender moments

And laughter

And just so many pictures I loveNow I am trying to figure out how to not blow all of my money getting pictures printed as I want them all.. really big all over my walls!

Well.. not really but I do plan on getting several printed big. And I don't mean 8X10, I am talking 16X20.. something about being a photographer makes you realize bigger is better.

And so while I got pictures I totally love, in a lot of ways it is true. It is much easier to shoot your kids than my own.


  1. They really are all so great. It's a nice problem to like so many that you can't choose. The one right under "just so many I love" is my favorite and would sure make a great 16x20.

  2. Oh my goodness! That first picture is just priceless.

    Buster goes for his 3 year pictures this weekend. We're going to try and get a few family shots in there as well. Pray for me. I know this is not going to be easy.

  3. SHooting your kids! BHAHAHAHAHAHA! You kill me! Hahaha. I love every single one of these.

  4. You crack me up. His face in that first shot is priceless!

  5. I love that first shot! He's so mad! lol I like to keep the shots like that though. They're real!
    Also, love all of them pretty much.
    What kind of camera do you have and would a dork like me be able to run it? I bet not.
    But what's a good camera for someone like me who wants nicer shots?

  6. And you such a great job shooting, er I mean photographing, your kids. :)

  7. I absolutely love Alex's smooshed face behind her hands. I would put that on me wall, even though she is not my own child. It is that great. Actually, they are all great. And you can come photograph any of my kids anytime you want. :)

  8. Look at how chunky Ryder is getting! I love chubby babies!
    Those are all really awesome pictures, Emmy. I'm glad I'm not the one who has to decide which ones to print.
    Good luck with that!

  9. These are fantastic!! Is it wrong that the I like the tears one? It has so much personality!

  10. I have to say I don't have a ton of experience shooting other kids, but I know there are some things that seem easier about shooting my own. I know what makes them look, smile, grin, turn.... things like that. On the other hand, everyone knows your own kids act up WAY more for you than anyone else. So I am totally on the fence on that one.

    Now to the pictures.... WOW! Yes I would say you need some of those really big! What a beautiful job! I want to do some super large prints too, once I get around to taking some I love. Would you like to come all the way out my way to snap a few pictures? LOL

  11. Your children - and these photos are beautiful, as always! I especially love the quiet moment between both of your sons!


  12. I love the candid photos! It captures the real moments and not just set up ones...candids are always my favorite

  13. Wow, these shots are awesome! Your kiddos are so adorable.

    One you have them say, "Cheese" or something else? I can never get my kids smiles to look right.

  14. Well, I think they turned out great. I tried to do it a couple of weeks ago, but my little boys refused to look at me. It really is a lot easier before they can get up and run away. . .

  15. So do you have an actual studio with lights and all at your house or what? Some great pictures! I'm pretty sure if I tried taking a pic of my own kids for that long, someone would die...

  16. For all of you that asked question, camera, smile, etc. I think I feel a post coming on :)

  17. Cute, cute pics! The first pic looks about like my day today. I'm now having an adult beverage (or three)

    Here from Shortmama~

  18. That first shot takes the cake…literally! I did a shoot where I snapped photos of the whining and crying, funny thing is that some of them were pretty good.

    Only some though.