Welcoming Scarlett to the family

This is the second time I've been invited by this amazing family into their home to document the welcoming of a child into their home!  Baby Scarlett is so precious, and already bears a striking resemblance to both her parent.  Both brothers just adore her and I can see her being made a fuss of already!! This home is so full of love, joy, and imagination, and I love every minute I get to spend with them.  Thanks for trusting me with your beautiful memories Behrens family! And baby Scarlett, you are so loved, I can't wait to watch you grow up :)  

The Davidson Family

I have to give some serious props to the Davidson family!  First of all, they have two small children.  They trusted me enough to get those two kids (and themselves!!) dressed and out to North Scottsdale before 5am for our shoot!  It was soooo worth it.  The light was blissful, and the weather was nice and cool.  Can we all agree that the desert is absolutely breathtaking at dawn?  There is something magical about the first rays of sunlight peeking out over the palo verde trees.  Davidson family, you are adorable and I would wake up early again in a heartbeat!!  Thank you so much for trusting me with your family's memories!

Red and Green

Seriously.....I miss the Christmas music, I miss the cold weather (here in Phoenix it has already hit 90 *boo*), I miss the decorations, and I miss the elaborate dinners!!  So today, I am going to throwback to one of my Christmas sessions and inundate my senses with red and green ;)  Tell me what you miss most about the holidays in the comment section!

Towns Family

Meet the Towns Family!  This family of four and I actually know each other from church!  Well, Hannah and I know each other.  This was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting her beautiful family!  I know I say that about every family I photograph, but seriously just look at how cute they are!  We met up at this gorgeous neighborhood in Chandler, and just had some fun!  At one point I had her son "help" me with taking some pictures.  He was a natural ;)  I love letting kids get behind the camera and express some creativity, the result is just fantastic.  And of course, any time I can foster creativity I am one happy camper!  One of these days I will have to share some of the photos my oldest daughter has taken with "her" camera.  Until then, here is the Towns family!

This is the one that Hannah's son took :)  Didn't he do a great job!

Let's play catch(up)!

The last few weeks have been soooo busy!  That is one sure sign of the holidays!  I wanted to share with you some photos from different sessions over the last couple of weeks.  I've been privileged to meet lots of new families, and capture their beautiful faces with my camera.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! 

Downing Family

The Downing Family and I got to hang out at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall last weekend (aka the LOVE statue) and took some photos.  Their family is such a joy to watch together!  These kids love each other SO much!  And mom and dad are just adorbs ;)  Here are a few of my favorites from our session!

How to find the perfect family photographer for YOU!

The holiday season is almost upon us!  For some people, that means scrambling around to find "the best deal" on family photos to send out for Christmas cards.  Let me tell you, I have been there and done that!  Thinking to myself "wow I got a steal of a deal on this photographer!"  And then.....I get the photos back........and I understand exactly why I paid so little.  

Let me be clear, I do not want to put down another photographers work.  Everyone has to start somewhere, and I definitely did too!  Here's what I want to convey to you; it is so very important to consider more that just a photographer's pricing!!  You should be searching for someone who will capture a memory, not just snap a few photos.  You want to be looking at a photographer's body of work, not just their pricing.  Trust me, there is ALWAYS a happy medium! There are so many incredibly talented photographers out there, and they come in EVERY price range!

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you find the right photographer for you and your family.

  • Do I want my photographer to capture my family interacting with each other naturally, or do I want the photos to be posed?  Or do I want a little of both?
  • Do I want my final product to be digital, or would I rather have physical copies (ie canvases, framed photos, a photo album, small prints, etc) or a mixture of both?
  • How do I want my photos edited? (ie-crisp, clear, and bright, or vintage/rustic, or dramatic, or maybe with a matte finish)
  • Do I prefer a more intimate feel (ie-more close up) or do I prefer to see a lot of the location in the backround? Or do I like a mixture of both?
  • Are the photographers photos edited consistently? (ie-is the quality the same throughout their body of work, or is there a definite difference from one photo to the next?)

Now here are a few questions you can ask your potential photographer.

  • Do you have any specials or mini sessions running for the holidays?
  • What is your turnaround? (So you can make sure you have enough time before the holidays!)
  • How do I get my finished product? (Do we have to schedule an in person sales session?  Do I get them via digital download?  Do I get them via USB drive?  Are my prints mailed to me?)
  • What is your availability?
  • Can I change outfits?
  • How many people does the session include?

I know it can seem like a LOT to think about!  But trust me, when you get your photos back this year, you will be glad you took the time to find the right photographer!  Post your FAVORITE photo of yourself or your family below, I would LOVE to see them!  And don't forget to credit your photographer ;)  

This is one of my personal favorites taken of my oldest daughter :)  The credit goes to a really great friend, who took our family photos in 2012.

Martinez Family

This family is just absolutely ADORABLE!!  We went to spend some time together at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park while we took photos.  We went and looked at the trains, ate some ice cream, and road the train around the park.  It was so much fun!  As well as taking some updated family photos we took some of just little DJ for his first birthday.  Here are a few of my favorites from this session!

Old Soul Imagery goes to Flagstaff

About a week ago I had a friend of mine (Linsay Huitink) guest blog on my site.  I had the wonderful opportunity of photographing her beautiful family in Flagstaff recently!  We had so much fun getting out of the heat!  We spent some time playing in the woods and taking nice green photos :) Here are some of my favorites from their session.  Let me know which one is your favorite!