We met down at the Burlington waterfront on what turned out to be a wickedly windy day. Johanna came laid back and friendly and clicking away as unobtrusively as if she were the tail of a kite just along for the ride. I’m a terrible subject for a photo shoot. Self conscious and annoyingly apologetic in front of the camera, I find it difficult to “be natural” which, as everyone can agree, is what makes a great photo. Nevertheless, Johanna had such a natural way about her that pretty soon we calmed down and just did our thing, allowing her to capture some beautiful shots.
When I needed some direction she made suggestions, but mostly she followed the whims and wishes of my completely uninhibited children-a good way to make the most of a photo shoot. I appreciated her flexibility as well as her ability to make the most of the short time we had together. We came with time constraints, but she constantly took pictures ensuring we had the most options for the time spent. If there was a word that combined efficiency and fluidity I would use it here-it was a perfect marriage of the two.
More than anything, we love how the photos turned out. It is a real feat to get the four of us in the same camera frame and these are pictures that will go with us a lifetime.
After what seemed like weeks of having to reschedule (all of which was my fault), my family and I finally met Johanna at Shelburne Farms for an early morning photo shoot. I had spent entirely too much time trying to figure out what we should all wear for the pictures…should we be all matchy-matchy with our clothes? Could i wear white jeans if it wasn’t yet memorial day? Why did I even own a pair of white jeans? What about the wind coming off of the lake? What about “bat in the cave” boogers hanging off my kids noses? In the end none of this mattered.
Johanna has a very casual, hands-off approach to taking photos. After we met and introduced ourselves we were off to various locations for the session. I hardly noticed Johanna was taking pictures if it weren’t for the quiet click of her camera as we wandered around the grounds of Shelburne Farms. Her style is quiet, unobtrusive, and respectful. She also didn’t request that we have too many “posed” pictures..something that I enjoy when getting my picture taken. Her photo journalistic technique captured moments that one doesn’t normally get when making everyone sit and pose for a picture. For example, my six year old has a smile that could make any grumpy person feel sweet inside…but you can only see it when he knows you’re not watching him. Johanna captured a few of those gems.
She also managed to capture some wonderful moments between Henry and Ruby. As Ruby starts to develop her own personality that is not just being “a baby” Henry is now enjoying his interactions with her more. I loved that Johanna nonchalantly swooped in to grab a few of those moments. She also didn’t try and make the kids smile when they were grumpy. I can only imagine a photographer has a big job ahead of them when the kids are cranky. I liked that she just let them be kids and didn’t try to make them out to be perfect angels.
That morning at Shelburne Farms was very special for me. Lately I find that we don’t do too many things as a family. Or rather, we do things as a family, but we’re not really experiencing them together. That morning we got to just be one little group. There wasn’t much whining, I wasn’t rushing to “do” something, and I’m pretty sure neither my husband nor I uttered the words, “don’t do that” to either child. And the best part? We got most of those moments captured on camera by Johanna. If you’re looking for a photographer who is kind, gentle in spirit, and is talented to capture the every day moments in her photo journalistic style, then Johanna is the one for you. Thanks Johanna.
beachbeachbeachbeach! We have never had professional photos done–would be great!
I’d love to have a photo session at our new house 🙂
I would love to win this! The last time we had professional pics done i was pregnant with my four year old. So we have never had a full family portrait. Would love to capture family barefoot moments by Lake Champlain.
Would love to have some pictures taken at my home and near the lake.
I would love to have family pictures in a flower garden!
these are beautiful pictures! I wouldn’t really have a preference on location; just somewhere outside on a nice day 🙂
Family pictures would be wonderful! Her work looks beautiful!
My son is 17 months and we have never had a family photo shoot. Love your style!
I would love to get photos of my 4 month old son as we have been unable to get any taken yet.
Anywhere by the lake !
I have never gotten professional photos done with my twin toddlers! Would love something really natural in the natural beauty of Vermont!
Her work is beautiful!! I would love to do a shoot with her at the waterfront!!
Yes please I would love a shoot with this talented photographer!
At our new home!!
New to the area would make a great canvas in out new home with our newborn!
I’d love to have a family session photographed down at the lake!
Would LOVE a family photo session! Thanks for offering this.
I would love to have both my children photographed together if my little one would cooperate!
I love how natural her photos are!
I would love this as she takes beautiful pictures!
I would love to have some photos done. With three little ones I feel like there’s never even time to breathe much less book a shoot. This
Would be so awesome!
Would love some summer photos or maybe fall!
I am ready for an update of family photos! We love the outdoors and I see our family photos taking place near or on the lake possibly on a rocky (but safe : ) ) area.
Family photo would be a wonderful treat for us!
I would love to have famliy photos taken at our home to capture some memories of our time here.
Maybe at a playground!
Great family photos.
Our family has NEVER had a professional picture taken together. This would be fantastic and since I am expecting our newest child in August this would be the an even better time to capture.
A photo session at Shelburne Farms or Oakledge Park would be wonderful.
Great Photos! We need a family photo session. My daughter is 9 and we just had our third. Haven’t had a family photo session yet. Tried to get one with Jordan Silverman, but he moved out of town.
I would love the chance to have a session like this with our family. We are expecting baby boy #2 in August, and it would be amazing to have some newborn photos, as well as sibling and family photos. I’d love to be on/near the waterfront, possibly North beach or by the boathouse, somewhere with some shade, and during the evening when it cools off would be nice. A sunset would be lovely too!
We haven’t had a real family photo taken in about two years- I would love the opportunity to have our family photographed near the Williston bike path where we spend lots of our time.