Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only days away? Which also means that the holiday season is a little over a month away! Yikes! Where has the time gone? While lines at the department store start to get longer and longer and store parking lots get busier and crazier, this is the time of year when my calendar gets booked solid with family sessions and holiday themed portraits. And, I couldn't be happier!
The only down side of being an on-location photographer during late autumn and winter is finding indoor locations for family portrait sessions. Some families prefer to have the portraits in the comforts of their own home. While others prefer to have a unique location for their photographs. Sometimes I luck out and have families who are willing to brave the elements to capture the perfect portrait. This past weekend I had such a family!
I had the privilege of capturing Ed and Stacy's first family portraits with their little tot, Mason. Even though we had tiny pockets of sunshine in the morning, the afternoon skies were filled with a blanket of gray clouds. The chill in the air may have caused some rosy cheeks, but it didn't prevent us from having fun.
With golden and auburn leaves still on the trees and strewn all around, the beautiful grounds of Founders Hall provided a perfect drop for our autumn themed photo session. This beautifully kept property had everything a photographer could desire: a large gazebo, walking bridges, large rocks, stone archway, a pond, red brick pathways, and beautiful fauna. As you can imagine, I was very excited to start snapping away!
While I was super excited to start taking pictures of this beautiful family, Mason wasn't quite ready for his close up. Taking pictures of kiddos certainly requires a great deal of patience, possibly a bag of goodies, maybe a little bit of bribery....but definitely their favorite toys. Ed and Stacy brought along Mason's favorite toy - mini version of Elmo! With the great assist from Elmo and the funny faces provided by his parents, I was able to capture some adorable pictures of this cute tot and his beautiful parents. Thank goodness for Elmo!
We ended our session in a pile of golden leaves. I'm not sure who had more fun throwing leaves - Ed and Stacy or Mason! I was definitely ready for a cup of hot cocoa when we were finished. But, I couldn't be happier with the way these photographs turned out. Thank you to Ed and Stacy for being such troopers! Special thanks to the almost full-time biped, Mason, for giving us the best smiles. Welcome to our session!