When thinking back over this session I kept remembering this swingset of dreams. And then I realized I was thinking about it all backwards. This swingset wasn't literally made of dreams it is the swings that makes dreams. How many dreams have been created while sitting inside the bird's nest, swing through monkey bars, or rocking back and forth on the swings? It might be hard to say. But one thing I know is play is the work of childhood and this playset is the place where it all can start.
Over the years I have worked really hard to take my procrastination habits and swing them into well-planned turned in on time dreams. Then for the first time in over a decade I arrived an hour early to a photo session. Okay it was a God's honest first ever. I was a full hour early by fault of inputting the session time incorrectly into my calendar (don't ask me how - that is a mystery in itself). So when I arrived and Dad was hanging in the back yard nothing looked a miss to me. I often meet my clients at their homes and they are living their lives as they normally would even after I show up. Moms sometimes ask me for advice on what outfit would look best for the shoot, and kids are eating snacks and so on. There really isn't a "showtime!' and jazz hands or curtain when it comes to a photography with me. It naturally starts at one point and comes to a conclusion naturally. So when Dad looked at me quizzically I knew I something was off then we crossed the wires and I smiled. I now had an hour to myself (without my kids) to enjoy on the opposite side of town from where I live. This was a dream. So I drove to a local lot, rolled down the windows, let the breeze in and enjoyed myself while the family went about their goings on.
When it was actually time for our shoot, we talked about what we would like to capture. What the family liked to do together outdoors (I know with my family we split and often do separate favored activities), and any other prevalent information. The evening was gorgeous. One of the best we'd had all spring. Wasn't too hot, or too cold, the sun was streaming in through tree leaves like tinsel on pine trees in December. And the family glowed. Everyone was open to showing me or talking to me about what they loved to do, and it was heartwarming to capture. I love when my clients let me see their authentic selves. Reading books, game playing, monkey bar swinging authentic selves.
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