Location, location, location!! It’s true about real estate, and it’s true about photography. You can have all the right pieces to make a great photo session, but without a good location, things will just fall short. In the past, I have relied on props (chairs, benches, whatevas….) to help style photo shoots, but in the last year or so, I have really been trying to get away from prop-heavy and stylized sessions and focus more on classic and timeless family photography. I have found that without the crutch of props, it takes a lot more intentional planning on where to shoot sessions. Not to say that a simple grassy field isn’t nice, but spots like this, with the river and trees, with beautiful white fences and crisp magenta roses…..well, it just really made my photographer heart soar when I met this family at their location of choice and was greeted by an embarrassingly abundance of natural beauty. Add to that, a really awesome family with suburb personalities; well, it was a wonderful evening!