*This post was ready to go soon after the November shoot, but I wanted to wait for the photographer to get his website up and ready before promoting how awesome he is. The husband and wife team have spring props coming in the next couple of weeks so book an Easter session while you can!
It’s been a few years since our last family photo shoot (we weren’t a family of five then) so when the opportunity popped up on Facebook, I knew it had to be. Being in Markham and just ten minutes away, I knew that was just another sign that it was time. It was the best hunch ever!
We arranged an evening appointment last fall and headed out to meet with the photographer and his wife. Jenn and I had been in Facebook contact from the start and she is AMAZING at responding to questions and concerns quickly. For myself, instant replies are important and Jenn is all over her messages so that was already a step in the right direction. She also warned us about their two big dogs and was happy to put them in the backyard when I said that my little girls wouldn’t be too thrilled. They like dogs, but not ones bigger than themselves. Jenn was happy to accommodate.
James was still setting up when we arrived so we headed downstairs first. They had just come back from a cottage photoshoot (yes, they will travel). There were so many amazing props! As Christmas is our favourite holiday, Hip Teacher Dada and I couldn’t help but oooh and ahh over their collection. Since acquiring pieces from various Winners (some as far as Hamilton) and garage sales, James was excited to show off his stash during the shoot. I’m sure we didn’t even get through half their holiday props, but it was Baby C’s bedtime.
James was very easy going and gave us directions for poses. Mostly, he spent his time coaxing Baby C into giving him some smiles to work with. It’s hard for her to just smile (she doesn’t even do it for us when she’s not in the mood and this was just an hour before bedtime) especially since she was in new environment and with a complete stranger. Big H and Middle A are quite comfortable in front of the camera so that part was easy. James was patient and broke out all the knick-knacks for C including the sled and fluffy snowballs.
His backdrops are amazing. We only used two, but there are about ten holiday backdrops including forest, holiday lights, snow, wooden door, etc. James has tons of props including a sleigh, mailboxes, giant ornaments, and fake snowballs. His instructions were easy to follow and the kids complied quickly. They also have new backdrops for Valentine’s Day and Easter if that should interest you.
We were thrilled at the results. Frankly, we were surprised that Baby C looked at the camera and even gave some smiles. We weren’t sure how she was doing as the evening went on. I highly recommend a photoshoot with James for you and your family. Jenn is a dream to work with and the turn around time took just a week. The edited pictures are amazing (please let me know what you think) and I am eager to use them all over our home.
To be honest, kids grow up way too fast these days. If you are able to get family portraits for Christmas (or any occasion), do it. It’s memories that will last forever and you can’t beat the experience. I’m so happy these pictures turned out the way they did. It’ll be Christmas all year long in our household.
Check out http://www.funkymonkeyphotography.ca or contact them on Facebook. SMILE!