If we've ever spoken about what is the best time to shoot a photography session, you probably know that depends on the time of the year in Michigan. I'll hands down tell you I love shooting at sunrise or sunset. The sun rises and sets anywhere from 5am to 8:30AM depending on the season. The way the light flares behind you at these golden hours creating contrasting shadows really makes for striking images. It adds a drama and flare that you simply cannot get in the middle of the day. That is why when I suggested an sunrise slot for their October mini session, I was super happy when the C Family agreed. I have two kids and I know how hard it can be to get everyone around on a day you aren't being photographed. I give the C's an A+ in preparation for an early session.
The C family is one of those groups of people who move and laugh. They move with the energy of life, are constantly busy, and bring joy to everything they do. When I come to a session, I like to go with the energy and flow of a family. With the C's, that meant letting J kick a soccer ball all over a big yard in between or during shots, letting P wear her coat as much as possible, giving dad a job to move coats, and listening to the girl's amazing stories while we found our next setting. It was a blast! I enjoyed every single moment of our session. Especially when I surprised mom and dad with asking them to let me take images of just them. I do this with every family session. So many times, as parents it is super easy to put ourselves a couple by the wayside as we watch, help, and grow our children. I make sure parents don't get left out. May people f are very surprised, and quickly get comfortable. For those it isn't natural to take front stage, I have so many tricks to ease the tension from my days of documenting weddings. I usually get a few laughs like I did with the C's.
The latest images hot off of the PLP editing screen.