Tumbleweed Ranch Family Photos
Getting a perfect natural smile out of kiddos for family photos can be a challenge, but I do love a challenge! I love to use silly smile words that end just right so that the smile looks effortless and not forced – no cheese here!! Sometimes I use fish, or pizza, or candy, and sometimes I just chat with them about something they love so much they cannot help but smile. This little guy had his own perfect smile word for our session at Tumbleweed Ranch last weekend, beans and weenies. BEANS AND WEENIES!! Oh my word we must have said it 100 times and it cracked me up every time! It certainly did work though, and I even got a few giggles in there, too. This probably goes against everything you think should be true of a photo session, but I think it is great when the kids are a little silly. When we let their adorable little personalities shine through, and catch those sweet faces that you want to remember forever. It also helps throw them off a little, letting them get comfortable with me and my big old camera, and shows them that this will be fun, not torture! So next time you head out for family photos, let those kiddos get the wiggles out. I think you’ll love what happens next ❤
I’m kind of crushing on Tumbleweed Ranch right now. This place is amazing, there are huge fruit trees, Cherry Blossoms ( I think? they are beautiful anyways!), a small field of corn stalks, adorable and colorful old buildings, and rustic (rusty!) old farm vehicles. Everything looks so green and fresh and Spring-like… you wouldn’t even know it was 100 degrees outside! And what I love most, is that there is not a cactus in sight. I love the desert landscape, but I’m a sucker for a gorgeous blooming tree.