Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015

I had so much fun with this sweet family during their session in a beautiful meadow. It started with, “HI RESA!!!!” as the little guys jumped out of the car and ran to me. I mean, how could it not be amazing. He had never met me but was so excited to make a new friend and let me capture his sweet face.

Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015

The sky isn’t always this amazing for me.. We pushed back a night because of crazy high heat, and I am SOOOOO glad we did.
Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design ©2015

This left shot is one of my favorite to get of young children. To capture this shot, have the child lay down. Step over them (so their body is between your feet). And shoot. If the child is little, it’s easy to gently use the sides of your feet to hold them from rolling over.

Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015 Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015

It’s so hard to get toddler to stay in one spot or even near one spot for family photo sessions. I always pack some vintage toys for shoots like this. It keeps them busy and interested, and well they still run away, but not the whole time. Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015

The end of a session is sometimes my favorite. Everyone is done trying to pose, and either tired or relaxed. These sweet moments will be cherished I am sure.


©2014 Resa Design, LLC Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design PhotographyIt is such an honor to have families ask me back year after year. I am biased, I know, but investing in photography is the gift that keeps on giving for generations to come.

Mom did such a great job with the layers of texture and “all american” color scheme. Worked perfect for the rustic location she wanted too.

©2014 Resa Design, LLC Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design PhotographyThis bright little girl was such a trooper. Poor thing was shivering but didn’t seem to let that stop her from having fun.

©2014 Resa Design, LLC Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography

Such a handsome and sweet boy.

©2014 Resa Design, LLC Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014 Resa Design, LLC Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography

Relaxed, natural images are my favorite. It’s my opinion that the more often your kids are in front of the camera, the more relaxed they are. I think families that I see often end up with the best images, like these. When they are comfortable with me, they really show their true colors.  And how about these sparkly Sperry shoes!
©2014 Resa Design, LLC Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014 Resa Design, LLC Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography

 


Family Photos by Resa Design Photography ©2014

Trying to catch up on posting sessions from this year! How is it October already?

We had such a fun time with this family in the summer. Mom had a specific look she wanted and I think we nailed it. She brought along these giant letters and I may have tried to take them home they were so cute. Loving the neutral tones and pop of color.
Family Photos by Resa Design Photography ©2014

This was one of our “Preppy” Session. One location up to one hour with a print credit. Taken at a Chesterfield, MO area park. Family Photos by Resa Design Photography ©2014 Family Photos by Resa Design Photography ©2014 Family Photos by Resa Design Photography ©2014 Family Photos by Resa Design Photography ©2014 Family Photos by Resa Design Photography ©2014 Family Photos by Resa Design Photography ©2014


Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

We (or maybe just me) had a fun time during this family photo session at Busch Wildlife in St. Charles County, MO. It was such a beautiful (although windy) evening. Dad, professional musician and song writer, brought along his guitar, and we did a little impromptu sing-a-long which photographed so beautifully. Littlest brother was so interested in the guitar he would not turn for anything, but when you are photographing a two year old, sometimes you just have to let it go.

I later found out the guitar is a family heirloom. It’s a beautiful guitar, which I was also able to photograph (I’ll share those soon). What a special way to include something important and sentimental into your family photographs. Another great way to do this subtly would be with a family quilt or blanket; or a chair. Clients, something to think about. Let’s chat if you have something you want to try to include, I bet we can make it work seamlessly, like we did here.

Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

In technical news, I recently upgraded to a Cannon 7D. Wow! I am really enjoying the versatility, added strength and detail it brings to my images. Plus now my clients can print their images on giant canvases and prints. This summer I printed a 20×30 canvas for my parents and it is amazing!

Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

My clients do such a great job styling their sessions. I love when they ask me to help and send me text pictures of what they are thinking about wearing. We sometimes go back and forth on a few items, and then I wait and see what they (we all know this is mom’s job) show up in at the location. This family did a great mix of spring colors, or as my drama teacher used to say, “ice cream colors”. Now you’re hungry. Sorry!

Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

This sweet, beautiful, girl… her eyes just suck me in every time. And maybe it’s because I only have sons, that I LOVE capturing the details like toe nails, shoes, and headbands?

Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

Two year olds make the toughest subjects (I think). And for whatever reason this spring half of my sessions have involved two year olds. I think it helps that I have had a few two year olds of my own, but it still requires a lot of patience, and movement (on my part), to get anything worth developing. This little guy gave me a run (literally) for my money, but I ended up with about 6 great images to deliver to the family. The parents are usually so concerned about how the child is behaving, but I’m totally cool with it. The more you “make” them do anything, the more they rebel. So mom’s and dad’s reading this before your session with a two year old– “JUST LET THEM BE.” These parents were surprised and excited we got anything useable out of the whole session, just because the little guy was, well, acting 2.

Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

p.s. I am annoyed with how this images uploaded on the blog. not nearly the coloring they should be. Hopefully I can figure out the problem and re-upload them soon.

 

 


Newborn by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

I know I say this a lot, but it is really a huge honor to be invited into the lives of my clients. They trusting me to capture very special moments and memories with skill and creativity. So when a client asks me back, it’s huge.

Newborn by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

This little brother was 1 month old when mom called for me to come take pictures. Unfortunately, he didn’t want to do sleepy newborn like photos, but we got some great wide awake ones.

Newborn by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014Newborn by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014Newborn by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014

This is the third time I have worked with this family (first, second). Big Brother and I are buds now. He was nearly begging to have his picture taken. It was adorable.

Newborn by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014Newborn by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography ©2014


©2014 Resa Design Photography, by Resa TroyerThe yawn. One of my FAVORITE newborn image. I love how it’s a whole body experience for them, and looking at the image brings back so many sweet memories.©2014 Resa Design, LLC by Resa TroyerI shot this session in a WARM home (mom pumped up the heat before I arrived, my suggestion), and in front of a window with great light. I always bring a heating pad and warm up any place I am going to lay the new baby. It really helps them stay asleep and relaxed. Next time I need to remember how warm the house can be, and dress accordingly.

©2014 Resa Design, LLC by Resa TroyerCapturing siblings together can sometimes be tricky depending on who close in age they are. It’s hard to get them to all look at you, and attend to the newborn safely. This time I skipped that and just had them draw their attention to baby brother. Mom was thrilled how this session turned out. A happy client, is the best client :)©2014 Resa Design, LLC by Resa Troyer©2014 Resa Design, LLC by Resa Troyer

©2014 Resa Design, LLC by Resa Troyer

Grandma was at the home taking care of mom and the family when I was there. I asked her if she would like to pose with the baby for a shot or two. She was reluctant, (since she was cooking and not really “ready” for pictures) but I love how these turned out. What special images to have for your children when they are grown. Note to photographers: Consider suggesting grandma, or other special family member be present during a in home lifestyle session. They are a great help with kid wrangling, and you might even be able to get them to step in front of the lens for you too.

 


Recently a client shared with me some projects she completed using images from our fall photo session. I LOVE THIS! Only to be topped with actually walking into a client’s home and seeing my images hanging on their walls, email’s of the next best thing.

Original images by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography

How beautiful is this calendar! I think I might need to have her make calendar’s with my pictures next year. The grandmother’s would LOVE that.Original images by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography

I haven’t yet figured out how she did it, but I think there was some glue involved. What a creative way to display family photos in just one frame. Perfect for those of you who don’t like to take last year’s photo off the wall, or are just short on space.

Thanks Beth for sharing these great final products with me. I’m so inspired to go do something with the zillion photos I have of my own family.

Have you done something fun with your photos? Or just got them out of the computer and on display? Share in the comments or on our Facebook Page.

(Photos courtesy of Beth L.) 

Posted in DIY

Family Photos in St. Louis by Resa Design Photography ©2013I have been playing with photography for years. My parents always had a camera around, and they now have thousands of photos. As a child I loved looking through my parents photo albums. There were some standard photos of people smiling, but there seemed to be a lot of “real life” photos. People singing, cooking, cleaning, playing, sleeping… Those are the ones that always kept my attention. St.Louis family photos by Resa Design Photography ©2013

St.Louis family photos by Resa Design Photography ©2013As a family photographer, I try to do this with my clients. It’s sometimes difficult in such a short time period, to capture a story of a family. This sweet family is always so much fun to photograph. They have so much love between them, and now with a new sister, even more joy.

Family Photos in St. Louis by Resa Design Photography ©2013

St.Louis family photos by Resa Design Photography ©2013The better you know a client, and the more comfortable they feel with you, the easier it might be to get the emotion you want out of a session. With this family, we had worked together before and were very comfortable together. I did bring along some props that I thought would engage the children.

St.Louis family photos by Resa Design Photography ©2013When they arrived at the location I was all set up and ready for them. After we met in the parking lot and adjusted some clothing, we got right to it, playing! Sometimes parents are concerned the children are “messing things up” but I try to assure them it’s fine. I let them explore the toys and props and actually try to get some shots right away.Family Photos in St. Louis by Resa Design Photography ©2013Family Photos in St. Louis by Resa Design Photography ©2013

St.Louis family photos by Resa Design Photography ©2013


©2013 St. Louis Family Photographer Resa Troyer of Resa DesignAfter you have chosen a photographer, what to wear, and maybe even where to take your photos, you might be wondering what will happen when that day comes.

Here’s what I share with my clients: (I wrote this with some tips from another photographer, whom I can’t remember, sorry I can’t give you proper credit.)

Some things to note about your session:
  • I’ll start by introducing myself to everyone and getting to know the participants a little better. This will help everyone get comfortable, and I’ll get a feel for each person’s personality a little bit.
  • I keep things relaxed. Sometimes kids need some time to warm up. So I’ll just go with the flow and we’ll start with whomever is the most ready. (That said, often the best photos are taken towards the middle of the session when every one is relaxed and warmed up.)
  • I’ll take A LOT of pictures (the benefit of digital photography).
  • If you have small kids, it’s a good idea to bring a non-messy snack, and/or favorite soothing item. There tends to be a lot of moving and pausing during photo shoots.©2013 St. Louis Family Photographer Resa Troyer of Resa Design
  • Small kids are usually not used to being the constant center of attention for such a focused period of time. It’s a good idea to arrive well rested and fed, and know they may be tired or cranky when the shoot is over.
  • Don’t worry about cranky kids, crying babies, spit up, etc. I do this a lot. It comes with the territory. No need to apologize.
  • My photography style, which you hopefully already know, captures people in a natural state. I’m not a portrait photographer, although we will do some posing. Feel free to be yourselves, and relax. Everyone doesn’t need to smile or be looking the same way all the time.
  • You don’t have to be the director! I’ll take charge of the shoot, so you can sit back and enjoy your time in the spot light.
  • I’ll be watching what happens in the lens, so please be sure you keep an eye on your children.
  • If you want any special props in the photos feel free to bring them along. ©2013 St. Louis Family Photographer Resa Troyer of Resa Design
  • If there are any specific poses you want (or know you don’t want) please let me know. You can send me links to images, or just describe them to me. I’ll do my best to accommodate you.
  • The screen on camera’s is not the best view of your photos, so I won’t be using it to show you the images I capture. I will do my best to send you 1 or 2 images in the week following your shoot as a sneak peek if you would like.
  • No gum chewing please.
  • With the exception of shirtless kids, or naked babies, I will not shoot anyone dressed (or undressed) inappropriately.

©2013 St. Louis Family Photographer Resa Troyer of Resa Design