Well it’s May, spring is in full gear and summer is just around the corner. Of course, for me that means I am only a few weeks away from the birth of our third child. If you follow me on social media, you will have already seen that I am officially on maternity leave. While I love taking pictures, it is just getting to a point where it’s becoming too difficult for me to do full sessions and with lots to do to prepare for our little man, I’m ready for some downtime as our family prepares and transitions for this exciting time in our lives. I anticipate returning sometime in July, and will update with a more definite date as the time approaches near.
In the meantime though, I wanted to get some maternity pictures to document this time as we wait for his arrival. We shot these in front of Plain High School, right across from Veterans Park in Plain Township. I had been there two days prior and there were these beautiful dogwood trees with pretty pink flowers. So imagine my surprise when we showed up and they had all died. But it’s like I tell all my clients, you really don’t need some beautiful picture perfect background to get great pictures. Give me a big field and a gorgeous sunset and it’ll be magic.
This is the one shot I got of my two that I love. I’m still trying to decide if I like it better in color or black or white. The black and white just emphasizes that gorgeous light so much more.
Every single client I get is always nervous over whether their kids will cooperate. I always assure them every time it will be fine either way. Lo and behold at each session, kids act like kids and parents always stress over it. Let me assure you, my kids are just as bad if not worse. The second I dress them up and try to do formal pictures, as opposed to the more lifestyle ones I take throughout the day, they want nothing to do with it. They run away, refuse to cooperate, and give me a run for my money. Every single time. Case and point, this is the best family picture we could get of the night.
Taking your own family pictures is a ton of work. I have to get everything set up behind the scenes just right and then hope nothing changes when I’m on the other end on the camera. Settings, focus, composition, etc. all have to be very carefully planned since I won’t be behind the camera to see it as I’m taking the picture. If the sun suddenly ducks behind a cloud, one of the kids moves out of where I’ve focused, or anything drastically changes, the picture most likely won’t be usable. Typically I have a wireless remote, but on this particular day it decided to stop working, so we had to resort to the old fashioned set the timer and RUN. The look on my husband’s face cracks me up every time. This was the millionth time of him running back and forth only to have Abigail run into it at the very last second. Like I said, I’m pretty used to dealing with chaos during portrait sessions.
Things will be quiet around here for the next month but I’ll be updating more after our little man arrives, and of course, I’m sure I’ll have tons of pictures to share. In the meantime, if you need to contact me or are interested in a session for late summer or fall, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.