{The Flood Family}

“There is no experience like having children.’ That’s all. There is no substitute for it… If you want the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children.”
― Mitch Albom,

My first time working with Ellen was when she contacted me to do some product shots for her business after seeing some of my work. The product shots turned out excellently, so she asked me to do a family shoot for her; Machado Photography was pleased to oblige!

We decided on the lovely Rockway Gardens as the setting, and it the overcast skies were just what a photographer hopes for to get the best shots (no squinting, no harsh reflections) of their models!

The family was full of great ideas that they wanted to incorporate into the shoot, including rows of their bare toes, a lot of natural and candid shots and making sure that we got lots of photos with specific trees. It turns out that the family has a special connection to Rockway Gardens, Ellen’s papa planted some of the trees there. It was really sentimental to see the family at the same trees generations later!

These photos actually help illustrate a great point; don’t underestimate the power of a simple prop like a chalk board or handwritten sign. It helps the viewer to see what may not be readily apparent just from looking at the photo itself. People looking at these photos may not recognize the significance of the trees without a little visual aid! Signs also come in handy for save-the-date photos, birth announcement portraits, Christmas photos, wedding thank you cards…why not use a “Happy __ Birthday” sign or a “___ Anniversary” chalkboard at your significant event?

Back to my subject matter! The photo shoot went off without a hitch and we ended up with tons of amazing pictures of this wonderful family! Thank you to Ellen and Tyrone and their awesome kids!


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