This past April I decided to move to Los Angeles, California to focus on my photography career. To be honest, up until a few months ago it's really just been a hobby. Since moving here though I've met countless photographers who have shown me that it can be a sustainable and fulfilling career. Which has always been a huge fear of mine. Through a mutual friend I've been afforded the opportunity to have an incredible mentor who I've had the pleasure of shadowing since April. At first I was having trouble with finding new clients to shoot. So in July decided I would make it a goal of mine to shoot a different subject every week. Regardless if it was paid or not. Around the end of July, my mentor introduced me to The McKay Family. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I adore shooting families, couples, and children. I can of course shoot anything, but my heart simply smiles when it comes to these subjects.
When I saw Jennifer and Justin's kids I knew I wanted to shoot them as a family. So I asked Jennifer if she would be down to shoot while they were in town visiting LA. A few weeks later we were at Exposition Park Rose Garden (my absolute favorite place in all of Los Angeles). It was just going to be simple shoot to add to my portfolio, but when I saw their outfits I knew it would turn out to be something much more. Jennifer definitely did her thing styling the entire family! Shooting young children can honestly be a full time job. I've been told that I have the patience of an elephant to be able to shoot kids and trust me, they're not lying. Mason is the youngest of the two, and I knew he wouldn't be the most excited for this shoot. Most young kids (especially little boys) can't stand taking pictures. Simply saying "cheese" is not enough. You must be engaged and you must have props and plenty of distractions. Hell snacks are definitely a must as well and the first on the list of things I ask clients to bring to family shoots. Needless to say Mason finally warmed up to me and I have to say this shoot was definitely my favorite of the year! We caught the best natural light at the perfect hour. After it was all said and done Jennifer's reaction to the photos helped me understand that I'm exactly where I need to be.
Check em out below and if you're in the LA area, hit me up!