Atypical Family Portraits - capturing your traditions

dos hermanosNo one says you need to break out matching wardrobes and head to the beach for a sunset photo shoot if it isn't your thing - particularly if the idea makes you cringe. Personalized photo shoots are the way to go! Family portraits are important but what I feel is most important is capturing what you love doing together because it's that tradition that is most important, right? Not necessarily a staged, unnatural photo shoot.

To drive home this point, I'm including photos of two brothers from a photo shoot last year. Going to the park and playing soccer (correction:  fĂștbol) together brought out their personalities. The afternoon was beautiful - Florida always has a way of making photo shoot days a little brighter and happier. Don't you think?

dos hermanosIf you are looking to do a photo shoot with friends, family, siblings, etc., and aren't looking for a cookie-cutter photo shoot, let me know. If your traditions are built upon playing sports together, cooking together, going to a particular place, reading together, writing together, painting, surfing ... I'd like to capture you doing that. It's great to have photos to share with our newest generations but it's even more special when the photo is of us doing that tradition that means the most to us (and our families).

dos hermanos Here are a few quotes about brothers, families, friends and our traditions:

A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams. -Author Unknown

It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea. -Dylan Thomas

A brother is a friend given by Nature. -Jean Baptiste Legouve

There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will.
- Unknown

All for one and one for all
My brother and my friend
What fun we have
The time we share
Brothers 'til the end.
dos hermanos-Author Unknown

The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other. - Mario Puzo

There is an interconnectedness among members that bonds the family, much like mountain climbers who rope themselves together when climbing a mountain, so that if someone should slip or need support, he's held up by the others until he regains his footing. -Phil McGraw

dos hermanosI love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. -Claude Debussy

Old friends, like old wines, don't lose their flavor. -Jewish Proverb

A stranger stabs you in the front; a friend stabs you in the back; a boyfriend stabs you in the heart, but best friends only poke each other with straws. - Unknown

When we first talked to each other
I knew we would always be friends.
Our friendship has kept on growing
And I'll be here for you to the end.

You listen when I have a problem
And help dry the tears from my face.
You take away my sorrow
And put happiness in its place.

We can't forget the fun we've had
dos hermanosLaughing 'til our faces turn blue.
Talking of things only we find funny
People think we're insane-If they only knew!

I guess this is my way of saying thanks
For catching me when I fall.
Thanks once again for being such a good friend
And being here with me through it all.
- Rachel Ellis

It's the times we're so crazy,
that people think we're high.
It's the times we laugh so hard,
we can't help but cry.
It's all the inside jokes
and "remember whens".
those are all the reasons
that we're best friends!
- Unknown

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. - Bill Cosby

My family is really boring. They have a coffee table book called “Pictures We Took Just to Use Up the Rest of the Film”. - Penelope Lombard 

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of. You know whatever you do, they'll still be there. -Unknown

Remember when you couldn't imagine yourself with kids....and now you can't imagine yourself without them? - Linda Poindexter

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. - Marion C. Garretty

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. - Ogden Nash

You spend years wishing your parents would get off your back, only to realize they're the only ones who ever really had your back. - Susan Gale

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.  -Author Unknown

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.  - Jane Howard

Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven't thought of yet.  - Gene Perret

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Father and Daughter
Creative family portraits by Liesl Marelli of Girona Consulting

So just when you think that photo shoots are only for those standard - everyone together and smile kind of pictures - remember that whatever is most important to you is the kind of shoot you should get. If you spend afternoons in the park playing futbol with family or friends and want to always have this as a piece of memory - this is what I recommend you select for your photo shoot.

Here's to all the beautiful memories made and all those yet to come!

To schedule a photo shoot please contact Liesl Marelli through Girona Consulting's website at

Genuine Smiles
Creative Portraits by Liesl Marelli of Girona Consulting

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