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August 19, 2011  -  Portraits

Quinn + Reese + Theo + Carmen + Scott

I'm not a betting woman, but if I were, I'd wager at least one, but most likely four members of Carmen's family were wondering what the heck they were doing on a hill in Buffalo watching the sunrise at 6 a.m. But Carmen is the super amazing Toronto wedding photographer Carmen Farrell, so she knows when light's good. And as we know from experience, when photog mom decides it's time for family photos, you can end up far from home at ridiculous hours to get what you want. :)

So, we were so ridiculously happy Carmen + Scott + Quinn + Reese + Theo came down to visit us a couple weeks ago. We played around and did some nature, some city, a pastry break for the kids/coffee break for the adults and came out with some of my favorite family photos ever. Seriously, you guys were amazing to shoot, and this shot here? I think it's my favorite family shot ever.
So much love. I've gotten to know Carmen via twitter over the last year or so, and I wasn't surprised at all that her kids are some of the most loving, happy kids you're ever going to meet. Even at 6 am :). And Scott is cool, too! Let's not forget it takes a family to make a family awesome.


That's so, so true! We absolutely love getting to shoot families - but we wouldn't be able to do much without the amazing families who come and be their awesome, loving selves in front of our cameras. It's definitely true - we need you guys more than you need us to make these photos happen, and Carmen + clan brought it hard. Though I felt so bad for the boys - about halfway through our first spot, Carmen starts laughing and goes, "Oh, they thought we were coming out and going to take one photo, then they'd get to go back to the hotel pool." But they were amazing troopers and pushed through :)
Hah - hey, you need photographs of your family. If you have to bribe, cajole, hoodwink your kids into it - so be it :). It was funny how much stopping at Spot Coffee mid-shoot helped us all out. We should probably incorporate "set breaks" into our shoots more often for caffeine and sugar-y delicious things. The stuff in the parking lot was killer post-coffee.

So, near the end of the shoot, Alyssa takes these two off do some couples work for a moment and I'm watching the three kids - and, well, Theo may or may have been walking around with a brick the size of his torso before we found "spears" of wood to throw at a wall. What can I say - I'm totally responsible with young children. The real moment of beauty was when Quinn looks around the broken-down parking lot we're shooting in and said, "Someone really needs to clean this place up." You said it, pal. There is definitely some cleaning up that needs to occur in downtown Buffalo. But the crumbling brick of an old warehouse just looks great in photos.
Guys - we can't thank you enough for coming down here to spend your morning with us. We adored your family, and it was an honor getting to shoot you!

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