Rhododendron Dreaming

June 01, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

If you've been living in Michigan the past month, you've seen the rain and the clouds creeping into the sightline near daily. The morning of this photoshoot was no different.  It rained all night long before.  The weathermen were half and half on their predictions for the day and then when the evening rolled out it was a photographer's dreamland.  It was a beautiful sunset.  We haven't been graced with many beautiful sunsets in warm weather in Michigan quite yet and so this was especially yummy as our photo session's backdrop.  My daughter tells me the best ice cream is superman because it has all the colors and flavors.  Well, evenings like this are the superman ice cream for my camera!

When we arrived, I quickly sighted a beautiful fuchsia rhododendron bush in full bloom along a wonderful wood chipped path.  I knew I wanted to work there even before I saw little G's coordinating shirt or the bright and vibrant color of mom's dress.  This bush was the perfect accent for our session.  You couldn't buy a better backdrop for a studio.  It's one of the reasons I love on location photography, it's ever changing, sprucing up every session even just a month apart with different blooms.

One of the best challenges of a session is working within the energy of a little person.  They show their personalities fully.  Getting to know little people is one of my favorite parts of the job.  Little G is no exception.  He is a child who is always on the move.  This spot next to the rhododendron was ideal as we'd get one picture and then he'd run down the hill to some peonies at full speed, I'd snap an image of his sister and then he'd be back and we'd pose him again.  It was a wonderful tandem swing of energy that we just played with through out the session.  Combined with stellar outfit and and an even more fun family, I was smitten with the evening and even more with the images that came out.


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