Real Life Sessions: The What, When & Where

May 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

What is Real Life to you?

Hi all, thanks for stopping by the blog! :)
So to start off this post, I'm going to give you a little background of what really got me into photography.  Ok, not the entire reason, but a major part:  photojournalism.  I've always been drawn to "real life" photography that you see in publications such as National Geographic.  I've always really connected with and empathized for those I saw in the photos, whether human, animal, and sometimes even landscape.  I grew up at staring at oil-painted photographs of several generations of my family, and those were the other part that really started my infatuation with photographs.  They can literally last forever, and those moments are never forgotten.  Ever since childhood, that completely enamored me.  You can hold time in your hands.  Seeing the world through photographs in magazines had me hooked.  I learned so much about other countries--how people live, how different their cultures and traditions may be to mine, how they survive, even how they die--all through pictures.
This was taken in the home of one of my favorite human beings on the planet <3 Little man was intensely watching Tractor Joe go down the road on his John Deere.

This portrait was taken in the living room of this family's home, while little man intently watched their neighbor drive his tractor down the road.


I'll be the first to admit, when I started my business 4 years ago, I was clueless.  Not only from the business aspect of things, but even the photographic aspect.  I'm a spontaneous person, and I finally purchased a "good" camera (aka, what I thought was good at the time) for myself after Christmas in 2012.  Five months later, Genna Cameron Photography was born.  For nearly the first 3 years of my business, I've done what I thought I was supposed to do, and what others told me to do.  I shot posed portraits.  In-studio, outdoors, anywhere.  Everyone had to be posed, and smiling, and.....BORING.  Ugh.  I'm a pretty outgoing person and basically do whatever I want, so to hear that I "followed" the rules (rather badly, I may add) is pretty surprising, even to myself.  Within the past year, I've really started to listen to myself.  I appreciate what I've been taught by more advanced fellow photographers, but I didn't want to take anyone's advice anymore.  I was sick of people telling me "you should do this, you should do that".  So I stopped.  I listened to me.  To my heart & soul.  And I asked myself, "what portraits do you take that really make you SMILE"?  I always answered the same--the candid photos.  Every single unplanned smile, adorable giggle, or cute silly face from a little one....those always made my soul incredibly happy.  Funny enough, those were always the favorites of my clients as well--even those clients that insisted on posed portraits.
Little lady having some flashlight fun in her home :)

Having some flashlight fun outside of her bedroom :)

With all of that being said, my biggest goal for 2016 was to get back to the root of all that is Genna, and truly DO WHAT I WANT.  And what I want for my friends & clients, is to truly capture the essence of who you are.  The dirty feet, the laughter, reading time, tickle fights....your REAL LIFE.  Since I've finally listened to what I believe is my true calling in photography, I'm really seeing a change in my work, and I'm falling so hard in love with it :)  My photography is finally at a point that someone says something complimentary about it, and I believe them.  I am truly proud of where I'm at right now--and that's the first time I have ever been able to say that and mean it.
Having some fun in the yard while mom & dad looked on.

These two cuties had fun chasing the camera, while Mom & Dad looked on.
 

One thing I really try to get across when I talk about my Real Life sessions is that they are completely unposed, unplanned & totally laid back.  Mom's don't have to stress if their kids will smile and look at the camera.  If your toddler goes from smiling to crying within 30 seconds, GCP will capture that in a way you've never seen before.  You can sit at home on your couch with your family.  You can have a paint party with your preschooler.  You can bake cookies with your kids.  You can have a playdate, or have fun at the playground.  A Real Life session is literally anything you want it to be, anywhere you want.  Don't worry about messes, or if your hair isn't perfect.  Because that is you, that is your life.  Posed portraits are nice, but looking back on photos that show who your family really was when your children were small are truly unforgettable.


If you still aren't sure what to expect from a Real Life session, look below
at the example photos and read the captions.
Then go to 
http://gennacameronphotography.com/real-life-sessions to read all the info :)
​After that, get ahold of us--we want to give you a session experience like no other!


Baking cookies with the grandparents :)



Viewing the outdoors while on a trip to a historic location.


On a walk with Grandma.


Being silly on the stairs.


Best friend giggles :)


Having fun on the swing during this home Real Life session.


We even capture pets during home sessions!


​This moment was caught during a family discussion.  I will always love this pic!


We caught a moment while this beauty played in the backyard.

 

We're excited to hear from you!
Love,
Genna + Ashley
​Genna Cameron Photography

 

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