A Super Family Session in Automobile Alley
I first photographed Jennifer and Charlie for an engagement session in 2010. Somehow I convinced them to let me photograph one of the most important days of their lives and captured their wedding day a month later. They have made me a part of numerous important occasions in their lives over the last seven years. We now schedule a date each spring to commemorate their son Kendall’s birthday.
This year, when I talked with Jennifer about current interests and loves, superheroes topped the list. Kendal’s mom tells me “Some days all he plays with are his superheroes! Sometimes they even go into timeout for pushing and hitting their friends!”
I always say family photo sessions require planning, preparation and packing and this session involved all three. Jennifer ordered some new superhero masks and capes and anxiously awaited their delivery – hoping they would arrive in time for the shoot. On the session day we toted a bucket of superheroes and costumes around downtown Oklahoma City. The extra luggage was totally worth it! When we first arrived, a group of women making senior portraits expressed their jealousy of all our cool superhero gear. They wanted to borrow it!
Even the best planning needs flexibility, so when I saw thunderstorms in the forecast for our scheduled session in Automobile Alley, I texted Jennifer asking if they wanted to try to head out earlier and avoid the storms. We were able to beat that weather without any worries, by just making a small change to our plan!
As Jennifer and I very carefully lined up Spiderman, Captain America and their buddies for one of the shots, Kendall shrieked, “Are they playing with my superheroes??” Of course we were! Everybody gets a chance to have fun making photographs with Crackerjack Photography!
A couple weeks after their session, Jennifer and I met up to review their final edited images and place a print order. She stated that so many of the images showed Kendall’s personality and different parts of it. This is one of the things I always strive for. "I loved them! They brought tears to my eyes because you captured Kendall's personality perfectly," replied Jennifer in a follow up survey.
I can't wait to see how this family changes in the next year and I hope they continue to include me in capturing each new stage of their lives!
Welcome to the blog of Crackerjack Photography Studio and photographer, Jamie Kirschner. I'm a portrait photographer based in Traverse City, Michigan who loves learning and retelling the stories of others. I practice this through birth photography, family portraits, headshots and event photography.
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