Our Journey Begins… | Bay Area Childrens & Family Photographer

It’s about time, as they say (whoever "they" is). I have begun putting together the pieces of our dream careers. Both "T" and I have always had a passion for photography. I often tell people that it was inevitable that we would get together. He was the only guy I knew that took more pictures than I did.  😉

I believe I have finally found a part of photography that drives me. More than the cool perspectives and exotic locations I have been lucky to capture on film (now cards) over the years, I’ve found that photographing people feels "right," particularly children. I credit this newfound desire to my own children.

Why children’s and family photography? I get a real kick out of photographing children. If you have the patience, children give so much to a photographer. Their actions and expressions are spontaneous, true, and infinitely precious. Whether they’re laughing and smiling, serious and contemplative, or angry and crying – there is so much to remember and capture about their early years. The minute changes in expressions mean something to the parents. And it’s this deep feeling of connection that I want to give each family.

Why families? Families are all about connections. Relationships. The ability to capture the depth of feelings in every image is something I strive to do. It gives me great personal gratification to hear that a moment I captured brought tears of sweetness to a client’s face.

But what made me think that I have any talent, an "eye" for photography (besides everyone else telling me so)? Basically, I became a mother. Shooting pictures of my own girls and their playmates at playdates, I created images that brought smiles to my fellow mommy friends’ faces. There are images I remember that convinced me that I have a place in this industry. And then there’s my husband and partner. His own photography work in his life rivals that of many professional photographers in the business – at least, *I* think so.  😉

Anyway, the following images are ones that are precious to me that have made me believe in myself and this new career.

– In this photo, "L"’s expression, especially her eyes, made me snap forward to her grown-up years. It was a conflict of emotions when I first saw this picture.

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– Here, I see so much of "K"’s personality…

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– Very, very busy are my girls at the beach. This is such a typical scene. We head to the beach quite often. I’m particularly happy with this composition and how the colors on my girls stand out.

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Original Solheim Photography blog post by Linda D.

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