Today I'm so pleased to highlight the stunning photography of Kandise Brown, who was named as one of the 30 most inspiring wedding photographers in Canada. Luckily for us, Kandise also does family photography. Prepare to be blown away.
They all look so at ease! I love how they're doing their own thing….yet were still captured together as a family. Genius, no? This idea easily translates into other scenarios. For example, a family cooking in the kitchen (someone's chopping, someone's cooking, maybe someone's doing homework?) this kind of everyday scene would be amazing to have years later.
I love how they dressed up…but not overly so. The photos look styled, yet comfortable.
Instead of worrying about matching clothing (black? navy? both!), they chose clothing tones that complemented the room. Having Dad wear black (which ties into the design of the room) was a really smart choice, giving Mom a bit more freedom to wear what she wanted.
Playing a board game is a perfect idea for a family with older kids. Such a great way to get everyone to relax, right? (Or, uh, as I think about it, "relax" may not be the right word. Growing up, my family had some pretty intense game nights….which, I guess, is part of our story. I'd now give my left arm for a picture of my Dad's smirk as he cheated at Trivial Pursuit.)
Q: Kandise, what was your favorite part about this session? Is there any one reason this session worked so well?
Well, this session was really authentic to THEM. They have a beautiful home and wanted their photo session to capture their lives within it – the games they play, reading books or playing guitar, etc. It's their regular lives, just condensed quickly into an hour.
Q: How can another family re-create this shoot (without the gorgeous house)?
Rather than doing a shoot that tries to force you into unusual situations, find the simple beauty of the life you share with each other.
Kandise, a huge thank you for sharing your thoughts and these gorgeous photos. I am so inspired!
Find more from Kandise on her website, Kandise Brown "photography for awesome people".
(Yup. She sure is.)
Want to participate? Family Photo Inspiration is a recurring series, so if you've recently had a family photo session that knocked your socks off, or you are a family photographer with an eye for something fresh or unique, I'd love to hear from you. Email me: aintnomomjeans (at) gmail (dot) com