McFarland Family – Birthday & Family Lifestyle Portrait Shoot! {Jill Kirtland Photography – Mid Ohio Valley Family Lifestyle Photographer}

The McFarland Family hired me to capture their kids’ 3rd & 4th birthdays as well as their annual family photo.   I love it when a family is willing to be creative and go with the flow!  Their kids had a joint birthday party the weekend before that was the Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom (TV show) theme so they already had the props.  We pretended they were fairies and elves in a magical field!  It really helped the kids get into the mood and have fun with it!

Afterwards we took a few family photos, and then they looked at the fish in my pond and played on my playground to get some really impromptu lifestyle photos of the kids.  I usually give families about an hour to capture all the photos. That is about all the time little kids can handle.  Some may want to do it in less time, but I like to compensate for the moments when they don’t want to cooperate and just give them a chance to relax and play without the camera in their face I try to shoot from afar during those times).