Friday, October 15, 2010

Children's Portrait Session :: Sweet Sisters

When Carrie called to ask about a children's portrait session for her two young daughters, I could understand her hesitancy about whether the girls would cooperate~ her older daughter, at age 4, can be shy, and the baby is 21 months and full of *energy*... enough said! So we picked a location just minutes from their home in a beautiful gardens owned by Jim Showers of Elizabethtown~ one of my favorite locations to photograph~ to let the girls run around and have fun. It was one of those days when the older didn't nap and the younger didn't want to stop for anything, but despite the odds, there were no melt downs and I think we came away with a few special images... so I decided (with the beautiful lighting and the girls' classic look), to try something new with adding textures to some of the images. I think it gives them more of a storybook feel, and for my first try, I'm pretty happy with the results!

At these ages, it's tough to get images of them sitting in the same spot and smiling, so I think images of 'who they are right now'~ running, moving, (i.e. being kids!) are the ones their family will look back on and love in the years to come when they've grown out of these stages. The first three images of the sneak peek are traditional finish and the rest are with the artistic texture finish~ what do you think?

little charmer

sweet big sister

Tim & Carrie~ beautiful couple!

...and the images below are the ones with added texture:






Feel free to post a love note for the family below~ thanks!


  1. My brother and sister-in-law and my perfect did a great job!

  2. Thanks :-) they are a beautiful family~ we had fun!!


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