Hi again, everyone!
I know I have said this before, but I will say it again! I am seriously the luckiest photographer around. My clients are always so fabulous to work with. That's true of my session with the Bergerson Family as well!
The Bergerson's consist of Mark, Breanne and adorable Connor, who just turned ONE! Mark and Breanne are also officially expecting a little lady to join their young family at the end of August. Yes! Connor is going to be a big brother! They are counting down the days until the cute little bundle is welcomed into our world!
Breanne contacted me looking for a combination Family/Maternity/1-year session. She had some concerns, as the last time she had her maternity and newborn photos done, she was less than impressed. After she filled out her family questionnaire, we talked about what she liked and what she didn't like about her last session. We chatted up to the session date about her expecations, as I wanted to make sure they were happy with their end results!
I met up with them late afternoon at Henry's Woods Park in Rogers, and the weather was perfect for photo-taking. Breanne liked the the park because it had two distinct features that give a feeling of where they both came from. The dense woods are reminiscent of Mark's upbringing in the North Woods and the red barn is reminiscent of Breanne's in Illinois's farm country.
It was a little humid (not to mention the mosquitos) but they were troopers! It was the family that made this shoot such a blast! My daughter, Baylee, came along to assist as she sometimes does. She was a big help!
I did a few family photos, then we went on to do a couple of Connor alone to celebrate his first birthday! Breanne brought a "Where the Wild Things Are" book for him to share with us! He is such a flirt, and made my job easy! So full of smiles and laughter!
Breanne wanted to get a few photos of just her and Mark, so Baylee entertained Connor for a while. He enjoyed hanging out with her while I took some couple portraits, and a few of Breanne alone.
Breanne's words of wisdom for other families preparing for a family session? "Communication is key. Let the photographer know exactly what you want. Get your partner in on the decision making. Not only can your partner provide great ideas, but being involved helps them know what to expect, from poses to props." For more tips on how to prepare for YOUR family session stress-free, check out my blog post about it here.
Both Baylee and I had so much fun with this family! I asked Breanne to relate her favorite parts of the session, and why she enjoyed it. Her response, "Sheila and her lovely assistant were easy going and friendly, making them a joy to work with. I loved that Sheila showed us some of the shots she had taken as we went along, and gave great direction during posing. And Baylee was amazing with Connor!"
Aww..Thanks, Breanne and Mark, your beautiful young family was a joy to work with, and I can't wait to work with you again! (It's going to be sooner than you think, but it's a secret - stay tuned!)