This ended up being one of my absolute favorite sessions of the summer of 2016. Funny, because I am just now sharing it on the blog in April, but oh well! I can't even remember now if it was July or August of last year, but one of my favorite spots of the summer, just random fields on a random road.
These girls are wild ones, if you can't tell, but it kept it interesting and fun. The colors, the movement, it was all perfect.
It was one of those super hot and humid sticky nights, so I was literally drenched in sweat by the time we were done taking photos (which was after the sun went down) but it all just kind of added to the feeling. I know most Dad's aren't a huge fan of getting in front of the camera, and I get it. But Mom knows all too well just how fast life goes and how precious it is. So while I have photographed her girls and her for years now, Dad works quite a bit and hadn't been able to really make it out to a session before. This time she gave him no option ;) She knew they needed family photos, and this was the summer she was getting it done.
The biggest piece of advice I can offer parents: Don't stress. The kids might have to pee and there might not be a bathroom so they have to go out in the grass. They might not listen. They might run away from me (and you) and scream their heads off and have a meltdown. But, don't stress. I know it's easier said than done, trust me (my son did not cooperate for family photos at ALL on the beach last year!) but the more you can stay calm, the better it will be. And the more likely it will be that I can get what I need.
Just go with the flow. Expect the unexpected. Take a deep breath and buckle up for the ride. It's only 60 minutes of your time, for photos that last forever. You can do it. ;)