I recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with Kelly Willette of Willette Designs. She is a Norfolk based children’s photographer who was named as Nickelodeon’s Parent Choice Award winner for best family photographer in 2009. Kelly also offers online workshops on children’s photography, as well as other helpful hints for the aspiring photographer.
Kelly came by my booth at the Stockley Gardens Art Show a few weeks ago, picked up a card and decided to email me about having her sons picture made into a collage. I was so excited when I received her photo because it was the most adorable shot I have seen in a long time…I looked at her email and noticed she was another local photographer, so I emailed back and asked if she would like to do a trade…Trade is a lost art in today’s culture and I find it interesting how artists seem to be the ones who are most open to it nowadays…I LOVE to do trades with other artists….9 times out of 10 I would rather have a new piece of art that someone made than a few bucks in my pocket.
We have been in desperate need of a family photo for a long time, so I asked Kelly if she would mind photographing my family. Kelly is a children’s portrait photographer and she usually does not photograph entire families…she made an exception for us and I am so grateful. We are so happy with our pictures and I know we will cherish them for a lifetime. It is really easy as a photographer to get caught up taking everyone else’s photos and neglect your own family, not to mention the fact that it is nearly impossible to get out from behind the camera to actually be in the shot!
Here are a few photos I wanted to share with you…The first shot is Kelly’s image that she emailed me of her son and the second image is of her completed collage that I made from that picture. I love the way it turned out…it shows you how important it is to start off with a really great image when you comission a collage. The rest of the pictures were taken by Kelly of my family. I could have posted many more images, but I thought this was enough to give you a general idea. Thanks again Kelly!