Wendy Laurel: The Mallet Family

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I'm so excited to be starting this week off with this amazing family session by Maui photography Wendy Laurel.  This session is near and dear to my heart, as the Mallets are friends of mine!  Christina Mallet (a.k.a Mommy Mallet) is the lady behind Katrinka's Secret, Seattle's premier boudoir studio.  Her work is amazing and empowering and I love everything she does.  She is also one of my closest friends.  So when I heard that she was going to Maui and had booked a session with Wendy Laurel (who she found through Little Bellows) I was excited beyond words!

Wendy did such a great job capturing the personality of this family.  As always, her work is vibrant and playful and makes me smile when I look at it.  Such a treasure!

Thank you Wendy for once again sharing your beautiful work with all of us!  And thank you Mallet family for being so darn adorable!

From Wendy:

"It is a huge honor to another photographer to ask me to take their family photos.  Christina is a very talented photographer herself in Washington.  I love that so many people visit Maui and have their family photographs done here.  So glad to have met this wonderful family."

-Sandra Coan

About Wendy: based in Maui / website / contact / facebook

Scroll down to the end for Cat’s take.

Cat's take:

This session is such classic Wendy Laurel work. And we love it! Christina's family is captured amidst color, activity, and loads of spontaneity. Wendy uses as much texture in her environment as she can find, turning her environment into a plethora of studio backdrops. Shooting exclusively with film, Wendy maximizes the color in every shot in-camera, right on the film surface, as the film itself recognizes the depth of the light hitting it and interprets that light as rich and vibrant.

I especially love the shots of the two parents smooching and holding hands! So often in family photography we focus exclusively on the children…but where do these children come from? They come from the love and connection between two people who adore each other. That's where it all begins, and so often we ignore that in family portraiture, deciding to focus on the new additions, the children, in their growing years. Yes, the children are incredibly important, but let's not forget that the genesis of every family is the bond between two people who are in love!

- Cat Thrasher