Competing for Attention
Well Halloween is today and when I did this shoot at the zoo I didn't realize how many people were going to be in costume. I quickly realized that it was rather difficult competing with grim reapers, vampires, and witches for attention.Thankfully by the end of the shoot we found a spot where this 9 month old could stand and his Mama could get smiles from him. I have enjoyed working with this family and watching little J. grow. The very best to all of you
My Dear Friends
This family has become one of my family's dearest friends over the last year. When K. said that she wanted to incorporate a bit of Europe into their shoot and to also do more photographs of the kids interacting I said okay let me think. Since I was already out at the Abbey I asked them to come out there and we could include some of the older Europe. Little man B. started walking a few months ago and he did not want to be stopped; thankfully with this type of photography it still works and I was able to get some tinder moments between them all.
Thanks for all your help before the shoot and for your dear friendship - this last year would not have been nearly what it was without you.
I have had the privilege of photographing this family over the last several months as they have been going through this pregnancy. This weekend we did more of a styled shoot at one of the Abbeys in the area. (Because really this location screamed that it needed a long dress and a beautiful pregnant lady to help show it off.) We had a fun time wandering through the ancient ruins (the foundation was set down in the eleven hundreds), and both of us were excited about the red trailing leaves. I am thankful for the continued trust of this family and look forward to meeting their baby boy when he arrives in a few months.
The Fog and Transitions
When J. asked me to come look at a couple of her and her husband's favorite spots I wasn't really sure what we were going to get. Lo and behold they were lovely, and I imagined what the locations would look like with sun and based my time of day for the shoot for when it would look the best with sunshine. Well God decided that we were not going to have a beautiful sunny morning, but a gorgeous foggy morning instead. Thankfully all of us saw the potential in the fog and we went with it. I hope that these maternity pictures help this couple remember their time here as they get ready to move on to their new destination. I know that God will bless them wherever they land if they continue to seek Him. All the best to you both and I pray for a smooth transition.
Surrounded by Trees and Love
The leaves in the forest have yet to really start changing, which means that it is still a bit dark within the trees. The beautiful sun did shine though this weekend so we were still able to make it work and have a lovely maternity shoot. I was really impressed with this soon to be mother of two as she watched her son climb logs and run through puddles (it is always fun to play in the forest). It will be fun to see if she has another boy or girl and I look forward to photographing the new baby in December.
Saturday started out a bit cloudy, but thankfully the sun broke through and we were able to have a beautiful shoot (even though it was a bit later in the day than usual).
We wandered through the local streets up to the center of town (the bell tower) for some beautiful views and to count chestnuts that had fallen from the trees. I am always thankful to my clients who return and it was lovely to see this family once again.
For the past 10 months I have been visiting this family's coffee shop on a 2 to 3 (or maybe 4) times a week basis. It has become a second home to my family. Then there is also the fact that they are working at raising awareness for Human Trafficking makes my going meaningful to more than just me. I am slowly getting to know the two boys and very much enjoyed watching them interact as a whole family. I am so grateful for the time that I have been able to spend with them and if you are in the area you may want to stop by their shop for some lovely coffee and a taste of home.
Oh the weather. I watched the weather all week and it started out where it was supposed to be nice. And then it said only the morning was supposed to be nice. Then in the morning I looked outside and saw clouds - a lot of them. It wasn't supposed to rain though, and really around here clouds are generally present so no big deal. But then it started to sprinkle - there was not supposed to be any rain - and here it was misting on my parade. Thankfully this family remembered umbrellas, and really umbrellas are fun - they are something we see a lot of. The kids were able to play and have fun with the umbrellas, and I was able to get real smiles, so rain which made me so annoyed - maybe you weren't so bad after all. However, did the sun really have to come out as soon as I got home?
Melinda loves photography and hopes this love comes out through her work.