Urban Family Portraits

So my friend Sandi contacted me for family portraits several months ago … Sandi is a California native and her heart lives in the desert so she wanted family portraits with “little to no green of any kind”. Say what?!?! Yes, that was the request and our initial plan was to drive out to Smith Rock with all those gorgeous rock formations BUT … she overbooked her mind and body and they had just returned from a trip overseas and were too tired to make the 3 hour drive to and from for the shoot so last minute I threw out the idea of a rooftop shoot here in Salem. I sent her a couple examples from my favorite rooftop and the plan was born!

What I love about this is the thinking outside the box and making sure that your session is true to you! When you’re spending this kind of money, you don’t want a photographer that says “let’s just go to my favorite park”. Furthermore, I know Sandi and her family well and I knew what she didn’t like and what look she was going for.

Their outfits were loosely coordinated but everyone showed up rocking their own personal style which is a big hit as the kids get older and letting them feel like they have a say in their appearance will go a long way in how they feel at the shoot!

But enough said … we had a blast, we danced, we jumped, we had a floss-off and they ROCKED this shoot!