This beautiful mama knows how to woo a photographer. Her email to me mentioned their 15 acres of land, the fields of wild flowers about to bloom, the pond, the chickens, the cute kids and her willingness to try whatever I had up my sleeve. Ahhhhhhh DREAM COME TRUE!
Years ago I walked into most of my sessions waiting to be told what to do by the family/senior/couple who hired me. Now I realize that's a disservice to the kind people who are trusting me to photograph them. You know what I do instead? I pay attention, I listen, I learn and then I take all that wonderfulness and mush it together with all the ideas I have in my head about what it means to be part of a family. The beauty in the chaos, the deep love between two parents trying to get from one nap to the next, the silliness of kids... those are the things I personally love about families. I go into a session ready to tease magical little moments out of my clients through games and activities that help people feel comfortable enough to be themselves. You may have ideas in your head about what you'd like from your session, but you definitely don't need them. I HAVE PLENTY! You can show up with nothing more than an open-mind and open-heart and I'll take the wheel from there.
This family... they were the perfect mix of silly, happy, in love and trusting. They let me do my thing and trusted me even when I made somewhat odd requests. :) It was, without a doubt, one of my most favorite evenings this summer!