When Your Session Doesn’t Go As Planned | Gilbert Family Photographer

Or, how to survive a photo session with a toddler!

As Moms, we’ve all been there at some point. You just want one. single. photo. One perfect pose, one great smile, one happy kiddo. So what do you do when things don’t go as planned? You roll with it! Make lemons out of lemonade. Embrace the season of life you are living in right this moment. And breathe.

It can be so frustrating when you have an amazing beautiful vision in mind for your photo session and your little one has other ideas. I will tell you, this is like 90% of the time – you are not alone! You may leave our session feeling like you just witnessed a train wreck, but I assure you, I would NOT let you leave if we didn’t have some amazing images to work with! The best thing you can do is set reasonable expectations for your experience and you will come out loving the result. Working with kids means taking a different approach, and that’s my jam right there. I am not going to pose you in 15 different perfectly arranged poses and ask you to smile. Nope. We are going to have some FUN and the photos I deliver to you will show real life love, laughter and smiles. No cheese here, baby.

So what do we actually do when kiddos don’t play along?

We have a dance party.

We sing Baby Shark. A lot.

We bribe – yup, bribe. Don’t forget to pack the gummy bears but skip the Oreos and lollipops please!

We run around.

We tickle and giggle and tickle some more.

We play with toys. Be sure to pack at least one favorite!

We explore.

We pile in for great big family bear hugs.

And all the while, I am right there stealing shots of smiles and giggles and big hugs and fancy dance moves. Because 10 or 20 or 30 years from now, those are the shots that are going to bring a flood of memories back to you. They will let you feel the moment, remember little personalities and make your heart sing.

I have been photographing this sweet little guy since he was the one in Mom’s tummy. Now he’s getting ready to be a big brother! He is full of energy and smiles and he definitely put us to work, but I am so in love with this session. Maternity photos look very different the second time around, but you know what? I think they could not be more perfect. <3 Well, minus the bump on the head. We explored a little too much! Can you spot the toddler in the shot of Mom and Dad? He’s there, hiding in the bushes!

Riparian Preserve Family Photos Gilbert AZ Asea Tremp Photography 2020
Riparian Preserve Family Photos Gilbert AZ Asea Tremp Photography 2020
Riparian Preserve Family Photos Gilbert AZ Asea Tremp Photography 2020
Riparian Preserve Family Photos Gilbert AZ Asea Tremp Photography 2020
Riparian Preserve Family Photos Gilbert AZ Asea Tremp Photography 2020
Riparian Preserve Family Photos Gilbert AZ Asea Tremp Photography 2020
Riparian Preserve Family Photos Gilbert AZ Asea Tremp Photography 2020
Riparian Preserve Family Photos Gilbert AZ Asea Tremp Photography 2020

Kaelyn | Class of 2020 | Gilbert Senior Photos

So back when things were normal… wait, who remembers what normal even is? It’s so far in the rear view mirror I can’t even find it anymore! How about you? Hanging on by a thread? Loving the stay at home and chill time? I go back and forth. Some days wish I could escape the chaos in my house and stroll around the Desert Botanical Gardens like this gorgeous senior did for her senior photo session last month. A glass of wine in one hand, a beautiful sunset, sounds like a perfect evening!

The botanical garden makes such a unique, beautiful, and fun backdrop for senior photos, families, engagements, and a stunning backdrop for a small wedding. I love the gardens so much that I purchase an annual pass each year! Sunset is absolutely stunning, so many beautiful colors and textures, but the early morning member hours are where it’s at in the summer!

Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Senior Photos Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Senior Photos Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Senior Photos Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Senior Photos Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Senior Photos Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Senior Photos Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Senior Photos Asea Tremp Photography

Samantha + Jordan | Boyce Thompson Arboretum | Gilbert Engagement Photos

Did you know, just a few miles East of the Phoenix metro area there is an incredible oasis in the desert, complete with a magical greenhouse, a suspension bridge leading into a mountainside, a lake, and the most lush and beautiful scenery around? It’s a real thing! When I exited the 60 past Globe, I wasn’t sure just what I was in store for. As the unsuspecting highway turn off leads around a bend and to the entrance to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, it all comes into view, and what a view! We spent 2 hours exploring the grounds and I don’t think we covered 1/4 of it. The arboretum is best in the early mornings in late Spring and early Summer when they open as early as 6am, and at sunset during late Fall when the trees turn to Fall colors and put on quite the show. There is a bit of walking, but it is completely stroller friendly. I can’t wait to get some perfectly coordinated families out here in the Fall and see the leaves change!

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Engagement Photos
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Engagement Photos
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Engagement Photos
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Engagement Photos

Noelle | Class of 2020 | Gilbert Senior Photos

With everything currently happening in the world, my heart breaks for our senior class of 2020 who are about to have their senior year upended. They have worked their tail feathers off for this moment, the celebrations, the memories, prom, graduation. Nobody really knows what the next few weeks will bring, but I know we will get through it and our seniors will go on to conquer the world, find the cure for cancer, become President, make the world a better place! Through them I can see great things coming, a brighter future and I am excited to watch it unfold.

This amazing senior is going to be among those making her mark and making things happen! She has already been accepted to some of the most prestigious colleges in our country, and has HUGE plans for herself. Her spirit and beauty really shined through during her senior session at Agritopia Farm in Gilbert. Agritopia is such a fun location for senior photos! There is such a nice variety of backdrops, colors and styles all wrapped up in one little local farm. It is one of the many things I love about our little town.

Senior Photos at Agritopia Gilbert | Asea Tremp Photography
Senior Photos at Agritopia Gilbert | Asea Tremp Photography
Senior Photos at Agritopia Gilbert | Asea Tremp Photography
Senior Photos at Agritopia Gilbert | Asea Tremp Photography
Senior Photos at Agritopia Gilbert | Asea Tremp Photography
Senior Photos at Agritopia Gilbert | Asea Tremp Photography

Brand Photos | Gilbert Lifestyle Photographer

What is it they say about first impressions? Any small business owner will tell you that the first few seconds after a client lands on your website are make or break. They either see what they like, or they don’t. In our fast paced digital world of instant gratification, you’ve really got to ROCK your content to draw new clients in. Amazing photos can bring your vision, your product, and your style to life on the page. Time to up your game and fill your page with beautiful content that makes your work SHINE! One session with a professional photographer can fill your content calendar for weeks, or months! It truly is an investment in your business and your brand, and sets you apart.

This week I got to work with two fantastic local small businesses run by MomBosses! The gorgeous hair bows made by Dear Livvy Kate are my little one’s current obsession. (Don’t even ask how many we have!) Not only does she have an incredible eye for the most FABULOUS fabrics, but she is a huge supporter of girls with all types of differences and abilities. She is also just an all around awesome person to be around! This little sweet pea is wearing a Dear Livvy Kate original while she plays with her Cozy Pouch paper doll set. Cozy Pouch is another local, Mom owned small business. Her paper doll sets are super cute, and a great alternative to screen time on the go. No mess, no noise, and super easy to pack, these dolls are the perfect digital free distraction for waiting rooms, car rides, and creative play time at home.

Are you in need of a stash of content, some new headshots that capture you in your element, or even product shots? Let’s chat about how to bring your online presence to the next level!