Posts Tagged ‘kids’

This has got to be one of my favorite writeups ever by a client! Heck it’s probably one of the best posts on my blog now.

It captures totally what I want to always accomplish with my photography.
I feel very validated right now and encouraged that what I’m doing is really being caught by those that are getting pictures.

Perhaps that I’m just taking pictures of the right people that love photography and love their families and the personalities and embrace the crazy and even the imperfections and want to remember even that from year to year.

In The Words of the Mother


Been There?:

Runny nosed kids, mom’s nausea kicking in due to her first trimester of pregnancy, Dad’s in school studying for the day,  mom has to set up and clean up a large woman’s function, kids need naps and a bath, not to mention all the hair that has to be fixed…and mom scheduled a photo shoot?

What was she thinking?!  I’ll tell you what she was thinking.  She couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get phenomenal, out.of.this.world photos of her dysfunctional family that she loves so much, by her friend (she considers him that) Scott Jarvie.  Somehow, she was going to make it happen!

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I love this photo, because it sums up our family.  Dad’s intense personality, big sister lost in another thought, brother giving it all he’s got, lil’ sis showing off, and mom is shocked that things are going so well!  And all Scott said was “everyone open  your mouth!”  See what happens?

Lets talk about Scott:

To get a pretty good picture of what you’ll be dealing with, I’ll start with our arrival at the Aspen Grove.
I was sweating, Dad was driving like a mad man, we were slightly late, the kids hair was staticky, and I was trying to figure out how to smile again, when out of nowhere Scott’s great big grinning face jumped at me from my passenger window.  I nearly hit my head on the sealing.  Suddenly we were all laughing.

When I told him that he scared me to death, he smiled and said something like, “That was the point!  Come on up and we’ll take a few pictures!”

That’s Scott for you.  No shame whatsoever and totally happy to be himself…and himself can be a crack up.  He’ll ask you to do things you think are completely ridiculous (He knows they are. But, they help you relax and feel okay with acting out of your comfort zone…especially after you watch him mimic your actions.  You couldn’t possibly look as bad.  So, why not give it a go?  HaHa)

Then there are the tender moments.  He can bring out your sweetness too, believe it or not.  Scott has a romantic/sensitive side to him, and he’s even better than most at showing it.  So, you’re in good hands when it comes to getting those moments you’ve always wanted captured on camera.  In fact, he’ll get more of the “real” you than you expect, because he’s snapping away even when you don’t think he is.

Family photos don’t have to be a stress:

Scott Jarvie taught me that.  We had 30-40 minutes with Scott, I didn’t have a plan…somehow between all that had to be done that day, I forgot to re-think the poses I wanted taken.
We saw a log, suggested it, Scott jumped at the idea, and we gave it a go!  He had us laughing and goofing off in no time.

I completely threw out the whole “lets look really nice idea” when moments before our photo shoot began, one of our girls tore her tights in the stickers, our boy fell in the dirt, and our other little girl ate some dirt.

We were having fun as a family, Scott was getting it all on camera, and we were going to look superb regardless, thanks to Scott’s genius.  It’s amazing how many memorable moments occur in a family, in a matter of minutes.

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Our girls. They couldn’t be more different.  Scott suggested we get out of the way and set the girls apart on the log, then gave them the go to “smile!”.  They did whatever came naturally, and I wasn’t stressing over getting them to smile just so, or placing them in the right pose.  What a relief!  And look at how perfectly “them” it turned out.

What we did not want & what we got:

We didn’t want the studio family perfect photos.  Sure, we needed at least one to send to all the Grandmas, but that isn’t hard to do when everyone’s laughing.  In fact, I found that I was the one looking the wrong direction, making a goofy face, or not paying attention, when all three kids and dad were grinning at Scott.

We definitely didn’t get the studio photo.  We got a real, personality filled photo of our family, and we love that!

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See what I mean?  I look like I swallowed a bug, while everyone else looks fabulous.  But, this is still one of my favorite photos, because it’s easy to see the love that’s felt between us.


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These two are my favorite of our little man.  The close friendship he shares with his dad shines through this photo.

I’m glad Scott took the time to listen to what dad likes to do with the kids, and then suggest we try it!  And the second picture has got to be the BEST picture taken of him in a loooong time.  He usually looks angry, preoccupied, or like he’s cringing over something.  Scott actually captured his genuine, happy smile!

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These girls are 18 months apart and pretty much inseparable.  How could someone actually give you a glimpse into their world as sisters without seeing it daily for yourself?   In just a few moments, Scott captured it all just by encouraging a hug.  Enough said.

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I don’t know what Scott said to her, but she seems quite taken with him…wouldn’t you say?  She lives in a world of make-believe, usually caught daydreaming.  This picture looks like it was taken from The Secret Garden or something.  In her world, it probably was!

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The security that she feels with her daddy screams through this picture.   She knows he’ll always keep her safe, even from Scott. 😉

Scott will tell you that I’m one of those moms that’s always saying, “Girls, put your dress down.  Sit like a lady!”  And look what he does…suggests she shows off her dress and takes a picture!
Now it’s one of my favorites.  I love, love, LOVE how her baby legs and sweet, chipper personality are portrayed.  This ones going up on the wall.

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Good Golly!  I married up.  What a stud.

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This is my screen saver.  I like it because I was actually caught smiling at the right time!  And because I love seeing the individual.  I understand why Scott spends so much time on the ground.  The color, the detail, and the character just sucks me right in.  If that takes getting down and dirty, I’m glad he’s willing!


Time friendly:

I actually like the 20-40 minute shoots.  It’s just enough time to get what you’re looking for and get out.  For a mom with kids, that’s all I want.  Why do you think Wal-Mart and Target do so well?

Yes, of course there are those times when the baby just won’t cooperate, someone gets hurt, or you have a stubborn child with attitude (I’ve had all three), and it’s nice to have another go at it maybe later on in the day.  But, if that’s just not an option, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that Scott will somehow find a way to coax out a smile, or just make everyone look good anyway.

These pictures have become some of my most treasured.

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This picture was taken last year at the (2009) Charity shoot, on a day when our baby girl was more interested in playing with the grass then smiling for the camera.  Scott captured the grin we couldn’t get enough of.  Now that she’s going on two years, I can’t bring myself to take it off our wall.  This picture brings a smile to my face even on the worst days.

In my book, that’s what family photography is all about.

Try Something New:

Our oldest is five, and I’m just now getting the photos of our family that I’ve always wanted.

Photos that portray who we really are.

I think pictures like these on our walls and in our memory albums give our homes and family character.

Scott introduced us to a new kind of photography experience.  Plan some poses in advance if you like, but most importantly, just be yourself, try something new, let your kids pick up rocks and play in the dirt, don’t be afraid to act crazy, or portray raw emotion (easier said then done).  It’s okay.
He will somehow make you look awesome.

Scott’s easy to like, and although I’ve only met him twice, I feel like he’s a close friend.  Once I learned about his Charity shoots, I haven’t been able to pass up the opportunity, and couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of them.  Just when I think I’ve got Scott figured out, he does something else, either through his art, words, or actions, to AMAZE me.

When it comes to photography, He has a style all his own, but that style will always include yours too.  So, between the two of you, you’ll be blown away with the outcome.

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Posted by ScottJarvie at July 12, 2010

Category: (A) Reception Pictures

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From this same wedding I did a post about photographing downwards from upwards positions. Well it’s very easy when the subjects are much shorter than you.

One good consideration is that you can find cleaner backgrounds for the pictures (like on the right picture)

There’s something about having someone tilt their head upwards like this… they often come up with great expressions naturally.

Remember the things you make them do will effect the emotions coming from their face… ergo the look you get.

This was from a wedding reception in California on the 3rd of July this year and as usual taken at the lowest aperture of the lens 2.8 usually.

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So I love the concept of family lifestyle photography. I don’t often find the time to do a lot, but it’s a lot of fun and perfect for my style of shooting.

BTW, if you have ideas or events like these let me know… who knows I might be free and able to come do them. It’s worth a shot.

So the question is… Who’s totally jealous of this little kid’s birthday party?? Come on now, admit it!

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Yes they did have Jedi Training available!

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Yes I made a church cultural hall look pretty OK! I’m awesome! hahaha

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Oh and the jarvie window pictures are always fun for a little end of party.

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I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been back to the place I grew up since I went away to college.
I was lucky to have a wedding back down in San Diego so I stayed a couple extra days and went to church on sunday, back in the same building I spent countless hours while in jr. high and High School.

While roaming the halls I saw two old friends and of course they had large families by now.
So I told them lets go outside and take some pictures.

We went in the back so we wouldn’t interupt as many people and the kids could run around at ease a bit more.
We just kind of hung out for a while and watched the kids play like kids are known to do.

Why not right? It was more fun for me to chat while a camera was in my hand and while the kids ran around doing fun things.
Plus it’s nice to do nice things for old friends.
Specially the ones that keep in contact the most on facebook.

Even organized a couple of group things.

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You might think I made the poor kid cry… but I stand innocent.
I suppose sometimes kids just cry. I know that never happens to any of your kids.

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Parents aren’t supposed to have favorites… but photographers can.
This red-head is a model in the making.

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This is the year I start making time for my next push.
Family Lifestyle Photography

Last year while shooting a wedding in Southern California I stayed with the Vance family.
In addition to doing a comercial shoot for the mother’s Jewelry Business
I had a couple of short opportunities to take pictures of the family.

These pictures will serve to better help families see the vision of a Family Lifestyle Session by JarvieDigital
This being of course on a much smaller scale than a full day – many activity shoot.

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So first off the dad is very much into gardening, it’s his passion I’m told.
So of course we went out into the garden and took a bunch.
Being someone that is a bit “Shy” around the camera I think he opened up a lot when it was him in the garden.
Even still it was very quick, but as long as he was getting something done it made a lot more sense.

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Of course random portraits of everyone in the family, typical and not.

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No set up or posing usually required. This is their actual dinner, in fact a tradition around the house to make home made pizzas.
Oh the memories. “Remember when we would make Home Made Pizzas every sunday”
“Not only do I remember it, but here are the pictures of us” and the emotions of the event are included no extra charge. haha

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Detail shots gallore

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The mom owns a Jewelry company… thus her with the jewelry she’s made.

And of course lots of portrait shots and headshots.

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Love the camera or not, candid or posed… no one every has a boring time being Shot (in the face) by yours truly.

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The hand in the air just makes me laugh… lots of other good faces too.

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This type of shot has become my “Thing” for each leaving shot.

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Posted by scott at May 8, 2009

Category: (A) Reception Pictures

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Recent wedding in Portland and Bend, Oregon.

This girl had striking eyes… but she also looked like she was panicked all the time.

But even so I loved (thought it was funny) this wedding reception picture and thought i’d share.

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Highlights First Gallery

Chronological Order Gallery

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What’s better than having a babysitter so you can go have a date night with your spouse?

Having a babysitter that the kids love!

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And what could you ask for more? Well one thing…
that the babysitter would take awesome pictures of them while you’re away.

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BACKGROUND

So one of my really really good friends was searching desperatley for a babysitter so she could go out with her husband on a double date with another of our friends.
She couldn’t find anyone… so i called and volunteered.

Of course i brought my camera.
I didn’t always have it out… in fact most of the time I didn’t have it out.
The thing you’ve got to realize is that you don’t want to force their hand.
Don’t want to push them… and you certainly don’t want them to not want you to take pictures.
Sometimes just put it away and play and come back to it later.

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If you have kids you know that their emotions and feelings can change.

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I must admit that it helps when the kids like you. I think i had it covered for this one.

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But it’s not always that way I’m sure.

What a fun suprise for the parents to have when they come back. Because they’re not there for the whole event watching every move.
But they’re not influencing the situation and forcing the kids to do stuff they don’t want to do either.

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This might not be the best picture to you… but this is sky and this is her expressions somtimes.
And the parents know it and it’s special to them at least… and that’s what these pictures are about sometimes.
Not just about being perfect and every hair in place and doing exactly what is planned… sometimes it’s about documenting.

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Portraits
We go out and pose kids and get them looking their best… and that’s cool.

Sometimes the mom goes crazy when they goof off during the shoots… sometimes she doesn’t.
Sometimes the kids behave… sometimes they don’t.
That’s just the way it is.

People get a photographer to come and do the portraits that they don’t feel comfortable doing themselves, or perhaps they want to be in it too.

MORE THAN PORTRAITS

But what about a photographer to just be there to Document life sometimes.

This visit

Like for instance I went and visited a friend.
I went out to the car and pulled out my camera.
Nothing changed… they did exactly what they would have done that hour had I not been there.

What the little girl did

The girl finished her math homework. I got them while she was seriously studying… before she even knew what was happening.
Of course she noticed too… then She made faces at me and joked around.
The mom told her to stop making faces… but you know what it’s fine it’s her.

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What the little boy did

He was playing with his airplane and showing it to me… so i had him pose with it.

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He was playing Wii so i just took some candids.

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What the mom did

The mom was working on the computer on top of the washer. She didn’t know… but that’s what life is like that’s what she does, that’s what we do. That’s truly documenting life.

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I’m not saying there’s no interaction from the photographer, that there’s no posing… I suppose it’s a mix of everything… it’s going with the flow, doing whatever happens.

It’s different than a portrait shoot

But with paid shoots this can be harder… because sometimes we have to let go of wanting everything to be exactly the way we planned it.

Just let things happen and trust that I’ll take totally awesome pictures that testify to who your family really is, but maybe a little biased towards making you look good anyway 😉

Sometimes the best things happened unplanned

Sometimes some of the best possible pictures happen unplanned and unposed and they mean the most because it speaks to what life was really really really like.
And that day this is what life was like for that hour. See all

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Every month there is a group of photographers or aspiring photographers in Utah that get together and do a photoshoot. This is the location and event for october. My favorite 60 

More of my pictures located here:

The rest of the photographers put their pictures here on flickr

A couple of Notes
I walked up and down the route of the parade with my new fun lens.

Let me just tell you it’s much better than standing (or sitting) in the same spot for the whole parade.
It’s also nice to only live 3 blocks from the parade route.

ALSO… having a 70-200 2.8 makes a parade much more enjoyable.

I took a ton… but I’ll just post a couple of them here.
If you think I took a picture of you I can get you a link to the full gallery online.

I took my second camera with the wide/medium zoom but I hardly used it… I suppose it was still useful to make me look semi-important. haha

I also hung out with a friend Gordon who was shooting pictures for the Freedom Festival magazine.

Now for the FUN part… Let me tell you a STORY


Let’s start this off on a patriotic note!


Not as many flags but still as cool.


But don’t worry these kids had flags to spare.


These things were all over the place
… I meant the snapper things.
But yeah kids too!


More kids… some sat, some stood, others… they were more squatters.


And they liked to point at stuff

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