The Lara Family

Posted in family photography, shoots by Hemant Naidu on December 18, 2011

It was Connie’s birthday, and her daughter-in-law Alison told me that she hadn’t had her photo taken in over twenty five years. The whole family decided that family photos would be the perfect gift. I met the Laras at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon a few weeks ago. This seemed like a good location for the shoot since Connie and Cesar’s two sons and their wives had attended the UofS at one time or another.

We wandered throughout the campus and stopped to make some photographs as we found interesting locations. And I can safely say that this is the first time a shoot has ever erupted into a Kung Fu match. I had a great time with Connie and Cesar, Patrick and Ashlee, and Gerald and Alison on that Sunday afternoon. It’s always a pleasure to photograph a great family in an informal setting.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the afternoon.

The Cey Family

Posted in family photography, lifestyle photography, newborn photography, shoots by Hemant Naidu on February 10, 2011

Melanie and Ryan welcomed their son Alistair into the world seven months ago. And with his personality really starting to come out they thought it was a great time to get some photographs of him. I love doing these types of shoots in the family’s home so I can create images of them in a natural setting where everyone can just be themselves.

It has become a normal thing for me to take my wife along as an assistant when the shoot involves a youngster. She proves to be invaluable in getting the kid’s attention, and has no qualms about dancing or making funny faces. We headed to their downtown Saskatoon loft on a Saturday morning which proved to be an awesome space for the shoot. A big window provided all the natural light we needed.

Alistair was a pleasure to photograph, and I just loved this crazy breakdancing wave thing he did with his arms when he started getting tired. We were able to get a good hour of shooting in before Alistair was fed up with a camera in his face. But that was long enough to get some great shots.

We ended the morning with an delicious brunch that Melanie and Ryan were kind enough to make for all of us. That was pretty awesome of them. Here are some of my favourite photographs from the morning, and be sure to also check out the high definition slideshow to see even more images of this great family.

Note: for the best quality make sure HD is set to on along the right side of the video player. Scaling should be set to off.

The Cey Family from Hemant J. Naidu on Vimeo.