Meet the Walper family. They are among the happiest people I have ever met. Steven & Phyllis always, always have a smile on their faces. No matter how rowdy the kids get the Walper’s seem to have endless patience and an unwavering kindness. Every year for the past two years the Walper family has called upon me do their portraits. I really, really love working with families long term. I love seeing the kids grow up. If I could specialize in one little nook of photography it would be with child portraiture. I think that’s something I’ll try harder to break into.
The three images below are from the very first session we had. The twins are Emma and Ed. The oldest is Olivia.
Later that year the Walper’s decided to do a family portrait and thus a tradition was born.
Here’s Ed from a few weeks old to present day.
What a handsome fella. His mum was worried about his hair for the shoot. I told her to leave it, let it go wild! I’m glad she listened and didn’t cut it because the curls are so, so adorable.
These are the wins from last fall, 2012. The family was trying their best to get these two to smile. That’s what I love about children though. They don’t hide their emotions. You earn their smiles, they’re not just given. I think their expressions are hilarious. They couldn’t be more enthused to be dressed up like pumpkins for a bunch of people to ogle at them. Precious.
This fall the weather was nice enough to go outside. They seemed to like that a lot better, but getting their attention when I’m standing 20 feet away with my 135L was difficult. Next time I’ll hire someone to dress up like a clown and stand behind me. On second thought, that may or may not given them nightmares. As long as they don’t watch the movie IT they should be good. Right?
These outdoor shots were taken at the University of Toronto.