December is very strange weather here in New England. Sometimes we have snow on the ground, sometimes you can leave the house without a coat. Best of all the beautiful winter light is just wonderful to take photos if your clients are willing to don their best outerwear!
My friend Kelly contacted me in November about taking some photos of her and her son. Her mother has a wall of family photos and mom was requesting an update since she hadn’t gotten them in quite some time.
The mission was: A photo of Kelly and her son Brendon and a portrait of just Brendon. One photo in portrait orientation and one landscape to fit into the frame layout her mother has on the wall. Challenge accepted! One caveat though, I told her, I don’t have studio space and would prefer to do them outside.
When she not only agreed but was enthusiastic It was game on. I got to her place in Central Mass and we used the property around her home to set the winter scene. It took Brendon a little bit to warm up in front of the camera but just a bit of running around and warming up our fingers and toes seemed to do it. The three of us laughed and had a ball taking these photos.
Since it was December I figured I’d load up the car with the holiday themed props. It was too late for the photos to make the Christmas cards but they’d be ready for Facebook by Christmas!
Before we were done I suggested we go inside, wipe our noses (that were getting a bit rosey and runny) and grab the pup, Peanut, for a couple more photos before I headed off into the sunset.
Turns out once a boy is around his dog he’s more interested in playing with the dog than taking photos (he was a champ the whole session though!) After a couple more shots it was time to go and I was just pleased as plum that I got 3 hearts and an OMG in the next text messages after I sent Kelly the photos. It can’t possibly be wrong that five words from the next text made me happy too…you made my mom cry. That’s my mission: making mom’s cry, one mom at a time. Thanks Kelly & B for such a fun session!
Location(s): Private residence Auburn, MA
Client: Kelly & Brendon
Date: December 7, 2014
Equipment: Nikon D5100, Nikkor 50mm 1.8 & Nikkor 35mm 1.8