Challenging Myself….

I really wanted to challenge myself this time. Sometimes I look at my Instagram feed and I am a little bit bored…I will admit. All I see are close up head shots and a lot of laying down shots. Don’t get me wrong, I love them but I am craving more. I love looking at other people’s feeds on Instagram and love how a lot of the shots aren’t so much about the people in them, but the whole scene. From the pictures hung on the wall to the toys spilled on the floor…I love the scene that is captured in these shots. I love how the shots are about interactions and not posed (maybe there are posed, but they are fooling me at least). Okay and I kind of like all the white mid-century modern kitchens, dark wood floors, flowers, and baskets that make each photo that more appealing. I honestly think that is one reason I have shied away from stepping back and capturing more of the scene. My house is nice but the finishes are dark and the lighting is horrible. I could have floor to ceiling windows on every wall and still the light would trickle in.

Well my house is going to stay the way it is…for a while anyway so I had to find another location that was full of light and full of style. So what did I do? I researched hotels in the area that were considered modern. See what I was doing here?  I was getting the job done but also treating myself…I mean family to a luxurious night away from home..bahaha! For what seemed like hours, I scoured the internet for pictures that met the look I was going for, but honestly…hotel room photos lie!!! Some were a million dollars for one night, some weren’t available, and some were definitely not kid friendly. I finally came up with one that was moderately priced, the pictures were convincing, and was available. So on Saturday we packed up the kids for a staycation photoshoot.

When we arrived at the room I opened the door slowly, afraid that I was duped once again by the magic camera skills of most hotel photographers. To my surprise however, the room was perfect. It wasn’t white by any means but it had the coolest mid-century lounge feel. I wished we could have stayed longer than one night. The kids had a blast lounging and watching movies together on the couch, swimming, and ordering room service. I knew they needed this afternoon and night time to themselves because tomorrow I was going to bombard them with picture taking galore.

This time I let them do what they wanted instead of telling them how to sit and where to look. I stood back to capture more of my surroundings and tried to refrain from zooming in my lens. The hardest part was not telling them what to do. When you pose a shot you feel like you are getting just what you want. You see it, like it and push the button. It was definitely different and I was really worried that I would have nothing once I downloaded them to my computer. In the end though, once all of the photos were downloaded, I was happy with the results. I was able to get some natural shots as well as stay true to my style, and get some posed portraits.

These photos would not have been complete without the help of Shan and Toad.  Just a bit of history about them and their brand…Shana Laub had always been passionate about fashion.Then she had 3 little girls and shopping for children’s clothes became quite the hobby which prompted her to open a children’s boutique…Shan and Toad.

This amazing shop is definitely the go-to for the fashion forward . There is no other shop that carries such a wide range of beautiful crafted and unique pieces.The clothes we used for this shoot were pure perfection.Kaitlin is wearing amazing pieces from Paade.  Charles is wearing a super stylish line called Cavalier.  Finn is looking super cute in MSGM Kids.  And the twins…mainly Emma becasue Mila was a little under the weather is wearing beautiful designs by Popecha.   Head over to shop now and get 15% off your order with coupon code: overourwall15.