Back in the spring I had a giveaway for a free session. I always get excited when the winners of a freebie are a family or person who I really wanted to photograph anyways. This awesome family are members of our church and sweet family friends. We have known them for about 4 years, but our “getting-to-know-them” process took a little break because they had a temporary move to Tennessee. Anyhow, over the last couple years, I have really gotten to know this amazing lady better and she is as good as it gets!
Heidi and Brian and their little threesome of world changers are our small-group Bible study leaders. Every Thursday they are gracious enough to open their adorable arts-and-crafts style home to about 15 people and let us invade their space for food, fun, fellowship, and a bit of kid-craziness thrown in the mix. Brian is also an elder in our church and he and Heidi are super hands-on, creative, awesome parents who we feel blessed to be in community with.
For this mini session we scoped out an empty lot just near town that had some dogwood trees that were starting to chance colors. Since we live a bit south and east of the real mountain-y part of the state, it takes a bit longer for our trees to start showing their fall colors than it does elsewhere. I think a couple weeks from now will be splendid, as far as autumn colors goes, but right now we are just starting to see and feel the glory of fall. It was a super windy afternoon, so I had to be careful not to get the girls hair blowing all over the place. Otherwise, we had a great time, even though Miss Kate, their youngest daughter was pretty adamant about not wanting to have her pictures taken.
A word of advice before I show you pictures of this gorgeous family…..sometimes, no matter how hard we try, a kid is just not going to be in the mood for pictures. The best thing a parent can do in this situations is not stress about it and go with the flow. Kids totally catch on if you are stressing out about the “perfect” photo session and, usually, they take that opportunity to try out their stoic look. I’m definitely NOT saying that Heidi and Brian were stressed (anything but, actually), but they were great about not making it a big deal and keeping this carefree.
A couple notes about this session, and things to keep in mind when you book your session:
1) The evening we shot these pictures, it was super overcast. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but it just give the pictures a different feel than a bright sunny evening does. If you want sunflares, golden haze, and dreamy yellow light in your pictures, you might want to have a backup date just in case it’s not a sunny day. It doesn’t have to be cloudless, but when the entire sky is clouded over, it does affect the way the pictures come out. Just something to consider.
2) This was a mini session. A mini session is about 30 minutes long and includes about 15 edited images on disc. Sometimes things go way better than expected and I end up with way more than 15 images. If you just need an updated family picture, a Christmas card shot, or just want to catch some captures of a child reaching a milestone, a mini session is a great way to do that and not break the bank in the process. Mini Sessions have a $100.00 fee and can be booked at any time. I do offer special stylized mini session twice per year, in the spring and fall.