The Hagan Family

So Jason and Kelly asked me if I would consider taking some family photos of them and their beautiful daughter Ava. My first instinct was to say no, as I have never really done any sort of family photo shoot before, and because they are my best friends and I was terrified of screwing it up. Then they pointed out to me that I would never learn to photograph people if I didn’t start somewhere, and who better to start with than your best friends who will be supportive and understanding – even if it doesn’t work out. Pretty good logic right? Yeah, they’re smarter than me and they used their superior brains to talk me into it . . . and I am in their debt for doing so. They were absolutely right about my learning and they were amazingly supportive. Plus, they are loads of fun to hang out with and Ava, aside from being adorable, makes me laugh all the time (see photo # 8 – I don’t even know how she got that tree bark off so fast!).

I had an amazing time with the Hagans, and I learned a lot to boot. It was a bit challenging as I only have a wide angle lens and the bright sun kept me on my toes, but thanks to Jay and Kelly’s patience, and a lot of amazing advice from my friend and very talented inspiration Naomi, I think I made it through okay, and with some pretty decent images to show for it.

So here are just a few of the fruits of my labour. These images are a tribute to my best friends and a testament to how our friendship has helped me to grow over the last 16 years. I hope you all enjoy, but mostly  I hope Jay and Kelly like em. Thank you so much guys.

Thanks for stopping in!


©Michael D. Pereira

©Michael D. Pereira

©Michael D. Pereira

©Michael D. Pereira

©Michael D. Pereira

©Michael D. Pereira

©Michael D. Pereira

©Michael D. Pereira

©Michael D. Pereira


11 responses to “The Hagan Family

  1. Pingback: The Hagan Family | Mike Pereira Photography

  2. Mike I love the pictures that you took of them. Ava is so cute! She is growing up so much. You do a wonderful job with the pictures.

    • She sure is. She was dancing and playing all morning. I even gave her my point and shoot camera at one point and she helped me take pictures of her Mom and Dad.

  3. Lovely portraits Mike! What great friends you have:) Hilarious how the little girl grabbed that bark off the tree. hehehe…

    • Thanks Amber! They are amazing friends to have. Their daughter is so cute and so funny. It was so much fun to get down on the ground to play with her and take photos.

  4. Hey Mike, didn’t you say in a comment to me, that you have trouble photographing people. Well, I see you were either joking or kidding. These are very nice, great job. I look forward to more.

    • Thanks Lee! I wasn’t joking believe me. I have always struggled with it, but I think this was a great opportunity to get better at it. I definitely had a lot of fun, so hopefully this won’t be the last time 🙂

  5. Thanks Wayne! I always appreciate your feedback and support. This was a really great experience and I was quite surprised at how much I learned about general principles of photography in the process. Thanks for the comments!

  6. It’s great to see you venturing into unfamiliar territory Mike! It’s a perfect situation when friends are willing subjects, everyone wins in the end. Love the little girl in the second last one, that is priceless!

    I look forward to seeing more people photos from you!

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