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In the field: Copperas Cove Photographer

In the field: Copperas Cove Photographer

Ahh…. there’s nothing like backlighting and a field to make my heart swoon.  It feels random to meet at a field, especially one like this that’s at the end of a subdivision that’s just waiting to get developed.   It doesn’t really feel magical when you’re stomping down twigs and sitting on thorns.  Then you see the images on the back of the camera- warm light, smiling faces, the texture of overgrown grass- and it clicks.  There’s the magic.

I had the pleasure of meeting this family of five over the weekend.  If you read the previous blog post, you’ve already met Anthony.  Now meet his sibligings, his hilarious older sister that cannot maintain a straight face and his serious younger brother with the cutest slight grin.  I’m impressed with the parents.  They had this amazing way of keeping control of the situation without making the atmosphere feel controlled.  I get parents that let anything go with their kids and I get parents that take control of the situation to the point where every smile is forced so it’s a breath of fresh air to meet parents like them.

Thanks for meeting me, S Family.  Enjoy your pictures!

I love this picture of B running through the field.  She was such a free spirit and this really captures that.

Anthony striking a pose like a rockstar.

Zach with his little grin.  He was a sweetheart.

I asked the boys about taking one with just the guys.  They were all for it.  I LOVE IT!

And, of course, the family portrait with everyone looking at the camera.  It would make a great Christmas card, wouldn’t it?

Katie Smith is a family photographer serving the Fort Hood area in Texas.
Her favorite candy bar is Twix.
Her favorite day of the year is Halloween.
When not photographing the world’s best families, she likes to watch movies while her cat Tofu sleeps on her feet.
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Meet Anthony: Autism Awareness Month

Meet Anthony: Autism Awareness Month

When I asked Anthony’s mom to tell me about her family, she went through a normal rundown of names and ages then tacked on that her middle child, Anthony, is high functioning autistic.  I appreciate her openness to share that with me ahead of time so I could be prepared to take a different approach at the session.  He really was a joy to photograph.  He loves Mario and was striking poses like all the characters.  Watching him and his siblings together was awesome, a chaotic fun that you can’t help but smile at.  I love knowing that as a photographer specializing in custom family portraits, I can meet and photograph kids like Anthony and give them the kind of attention they need to have a great portrait session.

When I heard that April is Autism Awareness Month and I wanted a special post for Anthony.  I asked his mom to write a little something about him and this is what she wrote:

“First of all, you should know that Anthony’s favorite color is blue and when given the choice he wants everything blue. He loves to jump. He would jump everywhere if he could. Jumping also fulfills that sensory need that he has, so if he’s frustrated or has worked really hard on something he likes to jump afterwards and when he wins a game, he always has to do a few victory jumps across the room.

He loves Star Wars, Legos, and Lego Star Wars! He is a star at video games. He can beat a new game within a week of getting it. He dreams big. He wants to work construction, be a fireman and police officer all at the same time. He wants (and needs) friends that can go with the flow, when he gets frustrated, you have to be able to take it in stride because it will quickly pass. Katie, you saw how he got upset and Zach -his little brother- quickly diffused the situation? Yes, it ended up in a big giggling dog pile of children, but it was exactly what he needed and it is what he needs from others. Don’t stare, don’t laugh, he knows, he’s very aware that he’s causing a scene, he just can’t control it. Just wait, it will pass, he will gain control. Be patient.

There was a time when we thought he would never talk or play like a typical child.  He’s made huge strides in the past 3 years, he’s not only verbal, but he’s in a regular Kindergarten classroom, working above grade level and being very successful. We’ve learned a lot from him. We have learned to be open and accepting of others and their differences and we have learned to find joy in the smallest things in everyday life.”

I hope everyone takes some time this month and think about a special person in your life that has autism.  Think about how amazing they are and how awesome their parents are.  Now remember your love for that person if you have the knee-jerk reaction of judging a child or the parent of a child that is acting out of the ordinary in public.  You never know the story behind their behavior and they too might be on the autism spectrum. Spread not just awareness about autism but love, understanding, and acceptance for those that have it.

The M Family: Bear Creek Family Photographer

The M Family: Bear Creek Family Photographer

I’m so glad I was able to meet this family before we movd.. I’ve known this mom since high school and I got to travel home to photograph her and her family.  We met at a little park beside our old high school and had a nice time talking and taking pictures.  I love the colors in their outfits.  It just screams Spring!

Thanks for having me take your family portrait.  Enjoy!

I love this peaceful image of the family reading together.

The fun candid moments have the most emotion and that’s what family photography is all about for me.

You always need that image of everyone looking at the camera.  Grandparents love it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I’m a sucker for backlighting on curls.  See all the warm light on her hair.  It makes my hair happy.

Who needs toys when you have dirt?  I love toddlers.  Their sense of amazement and discovery tickles me.

The only problem with taking pictures at a park is that if a playground is in sight, you’ll be asked if they can go play no less than a dozen times.  After we did the photo shoot, I hung out on the playground for a few minutes to watch her play and chat with mom.  There’s no greater happiness for a “two in May” year old than a slide.

Katie Smith is an on location family photographer serving Chatham County, NC: Pittsboro, Goldston, Bonlee, Bear Creek, Bennett, and Siler City.
She loves Life cereal and chocolate milk but not together because that’s weird.
She loves listening to her oldest son play with action figures because of his strong sense of good vs evil.
When not taking pictures of the world’s cutest kids, she likes to nap on the couch with her two sons.
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