Some family photo sessions aren’t all smiles

We have all been there…at least I know I have.  You get ready for your family photos with your little kids and once you step foot out of the car and start shooting, things get unpredictable.  But when the unexpected happens, it is better to just roll with it because you get some great, unexpected pictures!  So at this shoot, we just kept improvising and ended up with some of the greatest, fun shots of all time!

Family Sessions with little kids are unpredictable!

So knowing that with little kids, the time window is short – I went in order of importance.  We got the all family photo done first.  The kids were all smiles

Great Family Photo

Great Family Photo © Paige Donahoe

Then we got the individual pictures done – everything was working great!  The twins went first to give the littles a break.

One twin by the lake

Big sister by the lake © Paige Donahoe

Next Big Brother

Here is big brother

Here is big brother

Next – the littles.  These guys are fun 🙂 Creativity is the key when photographing little kids

I started calling her "MIss Sassy Pants" this is why :)

I started calling her “MIss Sassy Pants” this is why 🙂

As I worked with Miss D I started getting some fun shots

Miss D.

Miss D.

Miss D. was quite the Diva…she was having a lot of fun, BIG smiles and lots of giggles, and a tiny amount of sass! I got a lot of fun pictures of her!

Here Miss D...had been mad and tired of having her pic taken...I talked her into just a few more!

Here Miss D…had been mad and tired of having her pic taken…I talked her into just a few more!

Then one last effort with the little man yielded this fun photo of the little Mr.

© Paige Donahoe

All smiles for Little B!

So we were mostly done – but we decided to try a couple more shots of the whole family …..and then ……well this happened!

Fun Family Photos

Family Photo Kid Melt Down © Paige Donahoe

THE KIDS WERE DONE!  – So we decided to go with it and this wonderful photo came out as a result.

Here is the last shot – we tried to get all 4, this was the result. Priceless 🙂

© Paige Donahoe

So then this happened

And that was a wrap ….it was a fun time actually, we got some unique photos.  As we headed back to the cars Miss D., who was a little overtired just sat down to pout…she should know better to act up when I am around with a camera 🙂

Miss Sassy Pants melt down

Miss Sassy Pants melt down

Then she noticed me and frankly I was a little scared.  Miss Sassy Pants – was no longer sassy – she was simply not happy!  But I got a hug anyways 🙂

Miss D so scary!

Miss D so scary! © Paige Donahoe

And that is it…It started out great and then as the kids grew tired or hungry and then we got different shots – but all together memorable and fun!!  You never know what you are going to get at a photo shoot with kids and at this one I think we did pretty good with some fun littles!

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Family photos by the lake

Family photos and family get together all in one!

This was taken of the family at sunset by the lake © Paige Donahoe

This was taken of the family at sunset by the lake
© Paige Donahoe

This family lives close and stays close!  They have a great story in that they all immigrated from Russia many, many years ago and with little more than perseverance and a lot of hard work, this family succeeded and actually lives the American Dream.  I LOVE how much fun they were.  They truly understand that with kids and a lot of people, you just have to go with it to get the right pictures.  Kid’s pictures can be tough, but I had no problems, Family Photos can stress some big families out, but not these guys, they wanted to have fun and enjoy the great outdoors here in Southern California whilst having family pictures taken.

Photos by the lake

A good group of people!

A good group of people! © Paige Donahoe

Being able to shoot on a sunny day by a lake is a good day! Enjoy the whole family and the individual families in this fun fall family photo shoot!

Isn't this how brothers often see their sisters? © Paige Donahoe

Isn’t this how brothers often see their sisters?
© Paige Donahoe

In this pick the girls are grossed out by Mom and Dad © Paige Donahoe

In this pick the girls are grossed out by Mom and Dad
© Paige Donahoe

Sisters at Sunset © Paige Donahoe

Sisters at Sunset
© Paige Donahoe

The Girls - a mom and her little ones © Paige Donahoe

The Girls – a mom and her little ones
© Paige Donahoe

This family is so much fun and great friends. © Paige Donahoe

This family is so much fun and great friends.
© Paige Donahoe

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