Chicago Family Photographer | Gigi and The Brindles

August 14, 2013  •  6 Comments

Last month, I ran a little contest on my Facebook page. I asked people to answer the following question: If you could have pictures of you and your family (or pets) taken anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

The answers were inspiring and left me wanting to shoot, literally, all over the world. Some of the more global answers were:

  • Patagonia with my people and pup - the glaciers, mountains, and colors are amazing. Best trip ever!
  • My family taken in Havana, Cuba. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to visit my mother's county of origin.
  • Anywhere in the world?? Wow....maybe Paris? The girls would love to have shots with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
  • I would love a shoot done on our family's land in Ireland.
  • I would have pics taken at 7 mile beach on Grand Caymen! Beautiful beach and hopefully, I could get my 3 kids/families along with the 5 grandchildren there too!
  • Pictures of my daughter and dogs (since they are also my family) on a tulip farm in holland would be amazing! I love all those bright colors.
  • A market in India, with all of the vibrant colors. And with Mika (formerly Effie) if course!!
  • Capri because it is fabulous!

Some of my favorite ideas however were ones that were within the realm of possibilities:

  • Would love to see my kiddos in a field of flowers or playing in the sand
  • My husband Dave and our PRC rescue dog, Winston, would love some pictures taken during the fall in Massachusetts where we're originally from!
  • I would love pictures in my house....all of our most cherished memories are created in our home.
  • I would love to go to a train yard or somewhere industrial like that because Nick and Matt are so in to that kind of stuff.
  • Would love a formal photo session for my kids and my sister's kids, in the backyard at my parents' house in Michigan. It is beautifully landscaped and sentimental for all of us!
  • I would want pictures of my mom and her rescue dog Luke at Beck Lake, a dog friendly forest preserve that they walk at almost every day. It has a lake, tall grass, a small wooded area. And it's where my mom and Luke have their own time to be who they dream to be - strong, untethered, in nature.
  • Pictures with my boyfriend and our dogs when he proposes! (You need to talk to him about the timing on that one!) (SIDENOTE: I am really hoping to make that one happen someday.)
  • My favorite pictures, years later, are the ones taken at our home.

There was one answer though that I could not get out of my mind. It was Lindsay's. She said:

"I would LOVE to have Gigi and the girls photographed under the crumbling viaduct by our house. Nothing says "I'm a street-smart toddler" like rusted steel, pigeon poop, and two brindled sidekicks."

I love photographing kids and dogs. That combo of subjects is one of the most challenging to photograph, but I love pet photography so much that I always look forward to the challenge.

I have known Lindsay for a few years now. She is a board member with Project Rescue, whom I've talked about on this blog before. Hers was such a great visual (pigeon poop and all) that I knew I wanted to take that picture. I had to take that picture. And after a few delays due to inclement weather, today I took that picture.

Here is Lindsay's vision come to life.

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chicago pet photographer, chicago family photographer Are you kidding me with that!?! If I had a studio, I would print this photo to a 10x20 inch print or larger, have it matted and framed and on display for all the world to see.

And since I already had a super cute kid in front of me with gorgeous blue eyes, a few portraits (sans dogs) were in order as well.

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I swear I did not doctor the color of her eyes. They are that stunning.

I really hope these photos will mean a lot to Lindsay and her family. I had so much fun taking them. It's one thing to take pretty pictures, but it's another to take someone's vision and turn it into a reality.

So to anyone who left a comment on my Facebook post a month ago, I have this to say to you: Make the photos you want to happen, happen. It can be done. All you need to do is have a vision and find a photographer who is as excited about capturing it as you are.


Comments

6.Jane and Bob(non-registered)
What a happy little girl... so friendly and inviting! Could get lost in those big blue eyes! The black and white photo with her head down is quite artistic and could be used for advertising any children's cause. The b & wh photo of Gigi under the viaduct is a keepsake!
5.Sarah and Bob(non-registered)
AND, you can see who is REALLY is charge of those two brindles!!! Such a sweet little face, so confident in her future!
4.Julie Sielaff(non-registered)
These are fantastic, Amy! I love that this was Lindsay's vision for Gigi so much! You absolutely nailed it!! I can't wait for our grandson to visit next summer so you can work your magic with him.
3.Joan Reynolds(non-registered)
What absolutely wonderful photos! Gigi is so very adorable....and you have captured her charm! You are a terrific photographer!!
2.Vikki(non-registered)
She is adorable and so are the 4 legged babies. I love the 'ttude you captured on her little face and body language. I am always amazed at how some B & Ws can be so powerful and this is one of them. Great job!
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