When we started talking about family pictures, mom wanted to do a snow-filled session before Christmas at a place that had large evergreen trees and a fence. On top of that, the ideal temperature would be close to 40 degrees so the kids would not freeze. It would be best if there was just snow on the ground and not actually falling. Oh yeah, and it would be nice if there was a lot of snow and it was sitting on the trees to make things pretty. Wait, it needs to be a weekend. Well……..I sure do my best to get things to align for clients like weather, location, temperature, etc., but this seemed like more of a dream than any type of thing that would actually happen. The conversation in October was something like this on my end, “It usually doesn’t snow a bunch in November and we need to do the pictures then if you want them before Christmas. I am happy to reschedule the session to a time we have snow, but it may not happen before the holidays. Let me think of somewhere with large trees and a fence, I can’t think of anything right now. Hopefully it will be warm enough when the snow is on the ground that the kids won’t freeze and not so much snow coming down that would make them wet. I know you want snow on the trees, but what happens sometimes is that the sun melts it during the day and it won’t stay on the trees. Since we need to do a weekend and December gets very busy, we may have to push this back to January and then you can just send a Happy New Year card instead. But OK, let’s plan for November 22nd and we will just adjust the date and plan as it gets closer.”

Fast forward to the weekend of November 22nd. Wouldn’t you know – The stars aligned and all these dreams came true! I found a great location that had the trees and the fence. We got 11 inces of snow on November 21st. The skies cleared the next day and the temperature rose enough to be about 37 degrees and not melt the snow. And somehow the snow stayed on the trees until sunset. It didn’t snow during the shoot and we had beautiful sunshine the entire time. REALLY??? What are the chances? I told them to go buy a lottery ticket after the shoot. In my wildest dreams I never thought that all this would magically happen on the exact day we wanted it to. In fact, I wasn’t so sure it would happen at all during the winter season that we both would have availbility to hold the session, have snow on the ground, and not be freezing. I loved how it all came together and this family did such a great job getting outfits that would look nice in the snow. It was so fun getting to take winter pictures and do something out of the ordinary. Consider doing a winter shoot for your next session and remember to put all your wishes out there and lets see if they come true!

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When I arrived at this home to photograph baby Declan, I told them I would get some nursery shots, crib shots, and both of them with the baby together and individually. Mom hesitated and said she wasn’t planning on being in the pictures, she just wanted to remember Declan being so tiny. I told her that I wanted to take a few of them with him anyway, because those are the pictures I don’t have of my children. They grow so fast and these pictures help remind you of just how tiny they were and what it felt like to have all that love in your heart, excitement, nervousness, a new bond, tiredness, and the list could go on and on. It worthwhile to capture a connection and a slice of time that holds so much anticipation and comes and goes faster than any parent can believe. Once I delivered the gallery, mom told me that these shots are her favorite. I just booked his 6 month milestone session, and she told me again that these are her favorite to look back on, and is thankful that I persuaded her to remember this. We all know that new moms can feel anything but pretty and ready for pictures, but it will be a future gift to your child and yourself to have something to help remember this love.
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I sure enjoyed getting the chance to photograph this family during such a pretty time of year. The baby just kept looking right at the camera and big brother was excited to get his pictures done so he could go out to Dairy Queen when we were done. Oh wait, not before he got a chance to surprise his dad with a shower of leaves!
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This family session was filled with so much fun. Mom had this contagious laughter and smile that brought the whole family together. It was easy to tell that she loved spending time with her family and wanted me to capture that connection. Mom told me before the session that Trisha doesn’t always like having her pictures taken, but that she LOVES to read and always has her nose in a book. I told her to bring a book along so we could get some shots of her reading. Not only would it give Trisha a break from the session, it would allow me to capture a memory for them of what she was like at the age of 9. I just love seeing the progression of the session from the beginning where things were more posed, to the end when all you can feel is the happiness and the moment….mixed in with some goofiness along the way!
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When I was contacted by this mom to photograph the family, she told me that she was looking for something artistic, not “super posed”, and she wanted to display the images in her home and have them tell a story. Well, my friend….those are exactly the words this photographer loves to here. Not only am I a huge fan of shots that show interaction and connection, telling a story is always fun. I also love to hear that these images will be hung and displayed and not just stored on a computer. As we proceeded through booking the session and completing the questionniare, she also told me that the vision for the session included romance, adventure, beauty, love, and family. The weather was beyond gorgeous this day, the leaves were at their prime, and we sure had a great time capturing the vision.
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