Kait and Winter

Mother and Child

I never approach a session that I am not wanting to be at my best. I start preparing hours (days really) before the time that we actually meet, thinking through poses and working out how to keep things moving smoothly and creating a rough shot list in my head. I troubleshoot and contemplate things like where the sun is going to be when in relation to where we will be. And I think about you. What angles will be most flattering, how to catch the light just right, the best ways to capture your connection with each other and how to make you comfortable in front of my camera.

Every. Single. Session.

But when you are photographing another photographer you really want to be at the top of your game. Even if you’re friends with the other photographer and have known them for practically half of their life. Even if you have done their senior pictures, hidden in bushes to capture the moment their love proposed, photographed their engagement pictures, bridal portraits and their wedding.

It helps on the other hand though because they really get what you’re doing. They understand the process and are pretty much up for anything, even letting their baby sit in a creek.

All that is to say I loved doing a mother and child session with Kait and her baby girl a couple of weeks ago! They were great and relaxed, there was cloud cover so we had fabulous light, and it was early in the day so the temps were bearable. You really couldn’t have asked for more out of a session.

There is just something so precious about the bond between a parent and child.

Our time together was really clicking along and Winter was about as adorable as can be. Her sweet little cheeks are so stinkin’ adorable, don’t you think? And she was so happy to be in the water!

Like really really happy.

Kait and I both knew as we stepped into the creek that the pictures were going to be phenomenal and after I got home I realised just how right we were. They are just about some of the best portraits I have ever taken. I mean, just look at her sweet little profile. How could they not be?

Kait, how special it was to do these pictures of you and Winnie! Thank you for the opportunity and please can we do it again sometime?

Practically Perfect

Mother and Child

It is not unusual for a photographer to see a random spot and daydream about doing a shoot at that location. It’s how I have ended up in drainage ditches and such. (The pictures were fabulous from those sessions, btw.)

This session is a culmination of months of looking all starry eyed at the way light filtered through overgrown trees and brush around an old stone house that is next door to the home of some friends. The house actually belongs to a family member of our friends and they had let me shoot there before with one of my daughters. But there was something different in the way I was seeing the spot this year and I just couldn’t stop thinking about what kind of session I could do there.

But I also had this idea of taking the opportunity of Mother’s Day this month to do something specific that would focus on mothers and daughters. It all clicked together and since Heather just happens to live next door to the stone house and she has a precious baby girl who just happens to be the only girl with three older brothers I thought my chances were pretty good that my daydream would become a reality. I was excited when Heather agreed and it was as close to what I imagined and practically as perfect as it could be.

The light…the lovely green of spring…the beautiful mama and the most adorable little girl. This is how people get hooked on photography, y’all. Baby girl was a little hesitant at first but even that made for a sweet picture.

She warmed up to me though. Isn’t she just the cutest?

The whole thing from start to finish lasted maybe forty minutes but things just kept getting better and better and I probably could have kept shooting. It was so hard to stop.

I mean, just look at that glorious light spilling over these two!

But then we walked around back of the little stone house and even though the light gave us a completely different look I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite from either side. We went from light and airy to rich and creamy smooth.

All in all it was incredibly satisfying and I was so dang happy with the results! A great big thank you to Heather and little Miss R for being in front of my camera.