I start the planning for model portfolio shoots by looking at the child's picture and recommending colors/clothing/a location/etc. From the moment her mom sent me her picture, I knew we'd be having lots of fun. For starters, I want Dacia's haircut. If not for myself, then for Jillian!
We shot in between buildings and the light was amazing!
After stopping for a bathroom break at Starbucks, I found this tufted velvet chair. I knew Dacia would look amazing in it...wasn't I right??
And lastly, a picture from my favorite pink ice cream store...Loards.
Best of luck to you, Dacia! I know your fun-loving spirit will go far in life!
It seems like I just saw Shannon, but babies grow fast...which means they need to update their portfolios quite frequently! This time she was walking and had a few more teeth. I was glad I brought my little white chair...it was good for keeping her in one spot. :) I recruited her big brother a few times to help me get her laughing. Big brothers are great for that!
I get to meet the rest of Shannon's family when I do their photo session next week...I can't wait! :) -Kristin
I've been busy lately with Models, Inc.- which means tons of cute kids! Dominique and her family met me at the park yesterday for a whirlwind of outfits and fun. She has such a spunky personality. :) We called this her 'funky' hair-do! And her mom brought so many cute outfits, I had a really hard time choosing which ones to photograph her in!
You were so much fun to work with, Dominique! I know you'll go far. :) -Kristin
When I do a portfolio shoot for child models, I don't get to meet them until the day of. So, over the phone and through email, I'm helping their parents decide on clothing and a location. Sometimes it just all comes together, like in the case of Caleb. Everything his mom brought for him was perfect. The lighting was great and the weather couldn't have been better. Caleb was a good sport, changing outfits many many times and running around the park with me. Here's how it all turned out...
One of the reasons I like to do sessions at Earl Warren Park is the dog park they have. Sometimes kids get a little 'over' me taking their picture, so it helps to keep the focus on something besides me and my camera. I met Paul and his mom at the park to build his portfolio. We were whizzing through the outfits...
Then, we decided to head over to the dog park. Paul was in love!! We met several dogs and I even snapped this one of Paul using his mom's camera to take a picture. The dogs owner came over to pose for him. :) The dogs helped me to get some really cute smiles out of Paul! While we were at the park, I met a few ladies who told me they follow my blog...so hello! This is what it looks like from my side of the camera. :) I had a great time with Paul. He is such a natural and we had so much fun, he invited me over for a play date! -Kristin
This morning I met Nina and her mom in downtown Danville for a little portfolio building. I love this area because it has tons of amazing shops and some gorgeous old architecture. Nina was a total natural and looked right at home in her super cute outfits!
She can make any color look amazing!
...and even though it was a chilly morning, she made it all look easy! :) -Kristin
This morning I got to meet Jake and Nicky for their modeling portfolio. They braved the chilly/windy weather and had lots of fun jumping around with me and talking power rangers. :) Jake and Nicky are twins, but not identical. When I first met them I thought I'd have trouble telling them apart, but their personalities made it quite easy! Jake is outgoing and very talkative...
Nicky is a bit more quiet and super sweet and sensitive...
By the end of our photo session, I had won them over. Their mom told me that they asked if I could come over for Christmas dinner...how sweet is that!? Best of luck to you Nicky and Jake! -Kristin
With the incentive of eating ice cream and going swimming, Lauren braved 2 hours of temperatures in the 90s on Sunday! We had lots of outfit changes and she didn't complain once. :) She was an absolute trouper walking through a dirty old field to get these shots for me! And her mom and dad were amazing...always ready with cold water and the next outfit change!
Lauren is quite stunning and has a naturally serious look, but there's nothing like an authentic smile and it didn't take much to make her laugh! Best of luck to you, Lauren! I know you'll go far. :) -Kristin
Fighting for a parking spot at the park today was well worth the trouble to photograph this cutie! I didn't realize I had chosen such a popular park...we even had someone waiting for my spot while we finished up the paperwork. This 7 month old is quite the little thinker. She was alert and interested in every passer-by, every dog...she caught it all. :) My job was to get my camera in between her and whatever fascinated her!
She has a stunning serious look, but I wanted some smiles too, so her mom was amazing in helping me get some of these...
She even put her pants on again and again so she could pull them off and get this fabulous laugh! What a little sweet potato...as her mom calls her! :) -Kristin