It was warm, sunny and a perfect fall day to drive out to Lake Michigan. I only had my point and shoot camera with me and no tripod. But sometimes when you are limited, cool things happen. I propped the camera up on a bench, we sat in front of it and got this great family portrait (well after a few tries of me doing the 10 second dash back and forth from the camera!) So get your camera or cell phone out and take group pictures. Your family will appreciate it!
In 2013, a group of photographers and I wrote monthly letters to our kids. It was a great way to photograph them throughout the year. The images of the kids for our holiday card were from one session. When I tried to get a photo of all of us, nothing seemed to be working. So we went with what we got! See you next year!
In 2012, I took a self portrait every single day. Some days I didn't want to take my picture and other days I took the time to create something unique. One of the best outcomes of the project is that I took so many family portraits that year.
We decided to do something different for our Christmas card this year. One, Two, Three .... Jump!
2011 was a big year for Bauerschmidt Portraits because I became a Certified Professional Photographer! I passed a written exam and submitted 20 photographs for review. For one of my certification images, I had to create depth. So I played with the Christmas lights as part of the backdrop. I used that technique for our Christmas card.
I have always loved black and white portraits. Your eyes are drawn to the faces, hands and connections. I have always loved the Walden's black and white portraits and at one of their workshops, they talked about what would happen if they cut off someone's head in the picture. Would that work? Would it be ok? So I created images of me with M and E, and Paul with E. The picture focuses on each child, but we are so connected.
As I continue down memory lane, we are now to 2008. Little E brought such warmth and love into our family. He was a happy, cubby baby. M and E were hardly jealous of him since they had each other to play with. Now we were a family of five!
I began taking photography courses at the beginning of 2007 and I started my Bauerschmidt Portraits business that summer. In the fall, I was scouting a photography location for a client at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, so I took the kids with me. They were the perfect images for our holiday card. It was also our last holiday as a family of four, since I was just pregnant with Little E for the 2007 holiday season.
I can tell it is the holiday season, because I have our holiday cards from 2004 through 2015 displayed. I love seeing how my kids have grown and honestly, how my photography skills have improved! Getting lost in the hustle and bustle is just too easy this time of year, so take a moment to look back at your previous family portraits too!
2004 was M & E's first Christmas. They were showered with gifts and love, even though they didn't quite know what was going on since they were only five months old. So little! From a photography perspective, I believe my father in law took this picture and Paul did all of the photo editing. I didn't even know how to use photoshop back then!