The best part about our photography career is the people it has given us the opportunity to meet and become friends with. There is something extra special about watching a family grow. Sometimes we start as a pet photographer, become the same client’s wedding photographer and then baby photographer. This is the absolute best, as they grow the kids feel like nieces and nephews that we get to see once a year and get to play with as we take photos of them. The Kator family has a particularly large spot in our hearts. They were one of our very first clients, we met at a Boxer-Palooza photo mini benefit for Boxer OC Rescue. We’ve photographed them almost every year since. On our 2013 West Coast Tour we decided to go to the same place we first met for photos and here are the results:
THEN 2005 – pre kids, pre marriage
NOW 2013 – First came love, then came marriage, then came the babies! The photo was taken on the exact same tree…it wasn’t the easiest spot to pose with the kids but we needed to get the shot for memory sake.
Certainly life was different back then, and I guess I should have known that the location would have changed. The beautiful lake is gone, bushes were over grown and the little water that remained was mostly green algae. Since we were traveling we didn’t have a chance to scout the location ourselves ahead of time and from the street everyone said it still looked great… HA! It really wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the same.
We love this family, photoshoots together are usually not as structured as they are with adult or older kid families but we do get the kids to be themselves and every year they are excited for photos instead of dreading them. It starts out with a posed shot or two and once the kids need it we let them play some. The park that day had a particularly large amount of dogs walking by, not the easiest of situations for the Boxer duo but they are always cute no matter what is going on.
Their daughter is at the age where we can start giving direction during play time and she takes it as a fun challenge. How high can you jump? Do you know where your knees are? Can you put your hands on your knees? These sorts of fun ‘games’ allow us to play and get photos at the same time. Laughter included (instead of awkward forced smiles).
We have taken a traditional hanging photo since she first started hanging off of things by herself a couple years ago. I see this happening every year, getting more creative each time. We let her choose her favorite branch this year.
She wore a dress that flowed perfectly when she would spin…there was a lot of fun spinning involved at this years photoshoot, even when we weren’t expecting it.
We took a girl only photo with Mom, daughter and their Boxer girl before focusing on the boys.
At his age, play time is a little different. Some gibberish and stories about his BFF Woody made him very happy to be at the park that day playing with us, we’re good listeners.
He showed us how to pose with the hat and without but most importantly never let woody out of your hand.
We did convince him to let Dad hold Woody momentarily while he showed us his best Superman impression, as you might imagine sound effects were included.
To end our photoshoot we have another traditional shot – it’s not actually all that fancy but we tend to get a photo of dad walking with their Boxers to the car…or in this case walking with just the boys.
We truly look forward to seeing this family every year. Can’t wait to see you in June and continue with the traditional shots as the kids grow! Miss you guys!!
Some like spinning skirts
Some like superman smiles
Some Like It Shot