I’m that mom. The one with the camera. You know, that mom who brings her camera everywhere and insists on taking dozens of pictures of anything to do with her kids. Yeah, sorry about that. Over the last year I’ve taken my camera off the automatic setting, and I feel like I’m starting to get a handle on how to actually use the manual settings. While I’ve certainly improved my skills (I hope), every once in a while I meet somebody who makes me realize just how much farther I have to go and at the same time inspires me to keep working at it. Most recently, that was Joanna from Vancouver-based Joanna Moss Photography.
We had the opportunity to meet with Joanna last month for a mini photo session. It was a beautiful day, just perfect to catch my girls playing in the sun. Joanna showed up with incredibly fluffy and colourful tutus, beautiful headbands (which the girls unfortunately refused to wear), bunny ears just in time for Easter pictures, and a miniature wooden rocking bench that would have been perfect for a sisters portrait if only my girls had cooperated. Tee took a few minutes to warm up to the idea, but Joanna took the time to get to know my girls and help them feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Anybody who’s ever tried to take pictures of kids, professionally or just for Grandma and Facebook, knows how hard it is to get kids to sit still, pose, or listen to directions in general. I’ve been known to fill up my SD card with blurry pictures of the backs of my kids’ heads and still not get the shot I want. Argh!
Instead of trying to control the situation, Joanna just went with the flow and worked with whatever my kids were doing naturally. In a few minutes she had Tee showing off her spins, climbing rocks, and hamming it up for the camera. She made suggestions, but if the girls didn’t want to cooperate that was fine too. I think the results speak for themselves.
I have to share these pics of Tee and Kay in their tutus. Oh my, are they not the cutest things you’ve ever seen?
Here’s a beautiful Easter shot of Tee!
And look, here’s one happy mama too! Typically I’m not that comfortable in front of the camera, but I’m so glad to have this lovely picture with Tee. I’m usually the one holding the camera, and I don’t want to look back one day and realize I don’t have any pictures of me with my girls. I’m going to treasure this one.
Joanna mainly does boutique weddings and lifestyle protraiture, but she’s offering some mini sessions this spring, perfect for one or two kids or a quick engagement shoot. Mini sessions are 20 minutes long, and you’ll get 3 high resolution images via online download, a print release, and a gallery of photos for your phone or iPad. Because the session itself is only 20 minutes, Joanna will do a phone consult with you before your session so you know just what to expect. My whole family enjoyed the experience of working with Joanna, and I can wholeheartedly recommend her for your next photo shoot!
Joanna will be holding spring mini sessions on Saturday, May 10th in the TriCities area (exact location to be determined). These tend to fill up fast so book yours ASAP. Book your session now via book (at) joannamoss (dot) com.
(Tutus by Kirina’s Krafts.)
Disclosure: I received a complimentary mini session package for review purposes. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.