If I didn’t wish I had a sister even half as bad as I do, after spending just a few minutes with the Shano’s, I still would’ve be back at my parents door double checking to make sure they are absolutely positive I don’t have a missing sister somewhere out there. These girls have an absolute blast together!
Every time I looked over at them during this session, they were laughing, messing around, picking each other up, or fixing one another’s hair.
After shooting their daughter’s Sweet 16 Party, we’ve spent enough time with the Shanos to know that this wasn’t a fluke…. these sisters genuinely like each other!
It seems like living in the Shano house is 24/7 of clothes swapping, dance parties, Twilight marathons, and cheer leading practice. Even though I know there’s probably the inevitable hair pulling days… I’m SOOO jealous!
Just as I was mustering up the courage to ask if I could join their family, Scottie reminded me that their mom has just as much fun as the girls do so I still have a chance to have daughters as fun as them!
That is very true, Kathy is just one of the girls and I saw her laughing and messing around with them as much as they did with each other.
So there’s still hope for me! I guess I’m content to keep living at my house for now… but if I end up having all boys I might still give the Shano’s a call to see if they’ll have me! Ha ha.
Not to be out done, the only man in this house has his fun too!
You can tell by this beautiful car that he gets to play with!
He said he’d never really had photos taken of it, so while his daughters were practicing cheers in the yard, he saw his opportunity and grabbed Scottie to go have some fun of their own with their toys (Scottie with his camera and David with his car).
It’s funny to think of the differences between Scottie and I… if he were writing this blog it would be all about the car with a casual mention of sister time fun (sorry David, we’ll have Scottie write one for you next time! Ha ha).
So if you don’t get it by now… this is a FUN family!
They’re fun and to top it off they have a lot of cool ideas too! If you saw the photos from Morgan’s Sweet 16 party you know what I’m talking about! And they didn’t disappoint when it came to this session either. We started at their house and then they gave us the idea to go over to this big grove of trees near them.
What type of trees? I don’t know, I’m a photographer not a arborist! I’m not a detective either, but I did pick up on the clue of the pistachios shells all over the ground, so I’m guessing that might solve the case. Anyways, we were very proud of them for thinking outside the box and having the vision for something that most people would look at and think “ew that’s ugly, why would anyone ever do pictures there”?
And to answer that question, we do pictures there because of something called “juxtoposition”. That means we put beautiful people in front of ugly trees and the contrast makes the beauty stand out even more!
That’s your vocab word and photography lesson for the day all tied into one! So anyways, thank you Shano’s for understanding creative perspective and for braving the dead branches cutting your feet and the chance of hidden bugs in the dead leaves. Your eye for beauty plus your adventure seeking spirits got you the type of pictures that very few people in AZ have (and that very few photographers in Phoenix get to shoot)!
So Shano’s, if you can’t tell… we had SOOO much fun shooting your session! We love hanging out with your family and we’re so glad we had the opportunity to catch these memories for you. We always consider ourselves lucky when whenever we get the chance to witness a family who has fun together. It’s such a great example to us for when we have a family one day. Thanks for being so transparent and for sharing your fun with us.
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Oh and here’s my own personal little P.S. to readers… I’m SOOO doing my hair this color after seeing this pic!