Let me introduce you to the F Family.  My intern Anna and I had the BEST TIME working and playing with them in their lovely home.  We had a lifestyle session planned – which means we would be photographing everything photojournalistically.  We would follow them around as their day unfolded and capture them living their lives.  As soon as we arrived, Big Sister gave us the grand tour of the house and we got to see all the things that were special to her.  Little Brother had a great time crawling around and showing us the lay of the land.  It was a day filled with cuddles, laughter, a couple of tears (which some good snuggling easily mended), and lots of goofballery.  Yes, I’m declaring goofballery is a word now.

This session in all its loveliness speaks for itself in the images, so let’s take a look:

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The image below has some unplanned magic in it; Little Brother was playing and somehow seemed to get hurt.  He snuggled his Mumma and I caught this sweet shot.  Which is sweet enough on its own, but then look at the framed painting on the wall in the background.  I LOVE how they’re mirror images!  So cool.Irish Eyes Photography F Family 2016-307Irish Eyes Photography F Family 2016 002Irish Eyes Photography F Family 2016-196Irish Eyes Photography F Family 2016-116Irish Eyes Photography F Family 2016-108

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We’ll end on the one posed shot of the bunch.  This little ham had to get dressed up as a princess and pose for a few before the paparazzi left the house.

The F Family came to see their gallery at their viewing session and created a few different installations of wall art for their home.  Large scale pieces for their family room, the hallway and the playroom.  The great thing about it is, each installation has a different feel; playful images for the playroom, cuddles for the family room, etc.  It’s fun to create little stories for each space.  And to tell the entire story of this session, they bought a gorgeous album that they can open and experience whenever they want.

Thanks for such a great visit, F Family!  Anna and I had a blast working with you!!

-Kerry:) (and Anna too!)

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A client sent me a message saying she has four generations of fellas on her husband’s side and could we do a session to celebrate that?  The answer was ABSOLUTELY!  We got everyone together on a beautiful day in February and went onto the back porch of their home to take these images – a special gift for Great-Grandfather’s NINETY-SEVENTH birthday.  I had each fine gentleman hold an empty frame and simply pose as they would.  I wanted them to look as natural and ‘themselves’ as possible  I played with angling a bit and that was it!  It was that simple.  When I got back to my office, I worked some Photoshop magic on it and we had an amazing heirloom image to be celebrated by many, for many generations.Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016

They used the frame in the image to frame the print making the final product look so sleek and perfect.  It was an amazing idea!  She definitely won “best gift” at the big birthday celebration.  What everyone remarked upon the most is how each personality is captured perfectly. I love that every one of them is so similar yet so different.  It’s one of those images you look at and find something new to think about it every time you look at it.

One of my favorite details that you can’t see is, we took these at my clients’ home (my clients are the youngest Dad and his wife…their son is the little boy in the image).  For this part of the story, we’ll name these guys Great-Grandad, Granddad, Dad and Boy.  So, Granddad bought this house with his wife and brought up Dad there.  Then Dad (and wife) bought the home from Granddad and now lives there with Boy (along with Wife and Girl).  So, not only is the image full of generational history, but so is the backdrop; that brick is the chimney of the home where three out of four of these fellas lived/live.  How fitting.  (Were you able to follow all of that?!?!)

Finished with our most important work, we moved on to take a few more shots of the guys together, and then went inside to play.

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Every boy wants me to take a picture of their butt.  Every boy.  And I always oblige.  It’s one of my secret weapons.  If I agree to take a butt shot, they’ll agree to give me a nice smile later. Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016-04

Works like a charm.Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016-05

Many of you might recognize this from Leap Day this year.  It was my “Happy Leap Day” social media post.  I couldn’t resist!Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016-06

Now that we were just playing around, Sis got in on the fun too! Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016-07

This next one is completely candid.  Let the kids have fun at a photo session and you’ll get magic like this.Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016-08

I seem to be revealing all my tricks today.  Here’s another: we coerced Grandmum to get into a photo with the kiddos.  How did I get the kids to have such awesome smiles?  I told them a secret.Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016-09

“Psst: Guys.  OK come in close so no one hears the secret.  Here’s what we’re going to do.  You go over there and smile nicely for the camera.  When I say ‘go,’ you GET ‘EM!”  Kids love secrets and they love evil plans.  It’s even better when the other subjects don’t know the plan.  I love the reactions of the grandparents here!Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016-10

Can’t leave without a family portrait!  Mum and Sis weren’t planning on being in any shots but I LOVE this one.  Such a fun family to work with and to know.Irish-Eyes-Photography-4-Generations-2016-11

Thanks for a great session everyone!  I’m so glad you suggested this idea to me!  It’s been such a fun journey!

-Kerry:)

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I’m excited to show you this session, friends.  I was asked to take First Communion portraits of the beautiful and lovely S.  As soon as my intern Anna and I arrived, she was all ready to go and looked absolutely stunning in her gown and veil.  It was a beautiful but chilly day, so we headed outside to take some shots while we had good light and wouldn’t get too cold.  I love that their home is the background for these images.  It becomes a character in the story of this special time.

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It was chilly but S was a trooper.  She told us absolutely hilarious stories about her and her best friend.  There was no trouble getting a smile out of this kid!

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When we had had our share of the chilly outdoors, we went inside.  There was beautiful light pouring in from upstairs.  I had S stand at the bottom and look up, hands clasped in prayer. No special equipment or techniques here, folks.  Just finding the light and knowing how to use it.Irish-Eyes-Photography-First-Communion-2016-03

The light in their home was amazing everywhere. Irish-Eyes-Photography-First-Communion-2016-04

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Once we captured some great shots of S in her gown, she changed out of it and we moved on to family shots.  Little Brother D was not interested.  His mother saw this image, laughed out loud, and immediately purchased it.  Sometimes we don’t need the images of everyone smiling directly at the camera; we need the ones that capture our loved ones’ personalities.  This image captured Little Brother in all his two-year-old glory.  The black and white not only added to the mood, but is also a mirror to a toddler’s world: black and white (I speak from currently being in the trenches of a two-year-old boy’s life). Irish-Eyes-Photography-First-Communion-2016-07

This image is beautiful to me because of the way Mum and Dad are doting on their children and the children are completely unaware. Irish-Eyes-Photography-First-Communion-2016-08Irish-Eyes-Photography-First-Communion-2016-09

Family portraits in front of their amazing dining room window.  They had white gauzy curtains hung up so it created this lovely diffused light.  It was like bringing a studio with me!Irish-Eyes-Photography-First-Communion-2016-10

I always ask if Mum and Dad want some shots together alone.  It’s nice to take a moment and celebrate the two people that brought all this love into the world and made a home and a life together. Irish-Eyes-Photography-First-Communion-2016-12

I absolutely love this last one.  So in love.  So much joy.  Life is beautiful.Irish-Eyes-Photography-First-Communion-2016-11

Thanks for allowing me into your beautiful home, D Family!  Anna and I had such a great time with all of you.  Your home and your family are full of so much joy and light.  Thanks for letting us capture it.

-Kerry:)

(and Anna too!)

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