Taking pictures is easy. Everyone does it. What not everyone can do, though, is capture the spirit of a child's personality. I've thought about this many times as I look through our (mostly digital) photos of summers spent at the beach. Sure, we take tons of pictures, and yes, lots go into photo albums or on the fridge to remember a great trip with cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. But there are rarely any pictures that I would want to have blown up and framed, as a keepsake, to hang in our hallway. Which is sad, because some of my fondest childhood memories are from family beach trips when I was growing up. I want to immportalize our kids when they're at their best - relaxed, having fun and (dare I say it) with a tan! This is better left to the professionals. But at the beach? Come on!
Elizabeth Galecke realizes that some of a family's best moments happen when they're on vacation at the beach, and she sets out each summer for several weeks to capture those moments. She books her shoots months in advance (call her to see if she can squeeze your family in!) around the North Carolina shores. Then she gets to work. Elizabeth has a real way with kids. She is like the child-whisperer when it comes to connecting with kids, and she is able to coax out the very spirit of each child (adults, too!). I've seen it happen many times. She does her best shooting when the kids are at play, just being kids, and she knows when to press the button to immortalize that look, that gesture, that special something you want to remember about your kids at such a sweet age.
Elizabeth Galecke Photography also offers what they call, A Day In the Life, where she comes to your house early in the morning and follows your kids around with a camera all day. Take a peek at her portfolio and you'll see how she's captured sleepy kids in the morning, having breakfast, playing in the yard, having dinner, and the bedtime ritual. It's nice to have such mundane events immortalized because in 10 years, you'll have forgotten about how much fun it was making bubble beards at bathtime.
So if you're looking to capture your kids in the way you want to remember best, give Elizabeth a call. She'll schedule you for beach photos, or she'll travel to your destination. And believe me, she's worth it!