I love it when families choose their own locations for sessions. I like to encourage them to pick a spot that reflects them as a family – the beach, the woods, a park, the cottage. Family photos are always best if they’re in a location you love and even better if you’re doing something you love to do as a family.
But (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) I often feel nervous when people choose their backyard. Over the years I’ve learned that the majority of backyards don’t photograph all that well. But (there it is again), if that’s where a family chooses because it’s special, then they did exactly what I wanted them to do. So when Maureen and Paul chose their back yard, I said sure! But secretly worried.
So imagine my relief and the pleasant surprise when I landed in Maureen & Paul’s beautiful backyard. It’s a kid’s paradise! Lots of trees for shade and climbing, an awesome swing set, lots of space to run and roam and a big driveway perfect for a game of hockey, skateboarding and scooter riding. Our shoot was so much fun. Maureen, Paul and their boys were up for anything and everything. This family rolled with the punches, laughed, played and really let their personalities shine. It was about as perfect a family session as I could ask for.
A family session will often start with a few posed photos. “For the grandparents,” I say. Or posterity. Or the Christmas card. As much as I adore and encourage the documentary-style photos, I also whole-heartedly believe that a handful of posed photos are very important. I’ll always start a session with these while everyone is still clean and their hair is in place! 10 minutes of posing for relaxed portraits is all we need!
And now it’s time to play and capture this family being exactly who they are – relaxed, active, fun-loving, full of laughs and very, very happy. We really did have the best shoot! ♥