For me, the creative process for photography begins with the location. It only takes on stone wall or one set of stairs to get the creative wheels turning. However finding new places that invoke inspiration is tough! What I enjoy most about on-location photography is finding those new gems that spark my creativity. Luckily this past weekend I was introduced to a beautiful new gem - Kings Gap Park and Mansion.
This 2,531 acre park is located on top of the South mountain and has beautiful views of Cumberland County. With 16 miles of hiking trails, this is a playground for the outdoorsy types. The crown jewel of the park is the Kings Gap Mansion. Built in 1908, this 32-room Italian style mansion was built as a summer home by James McCormick Cameron. It must be nice to have such a lovely home to summer in!!
This location was not only chosen for its aesthetic quality, but also for sentimentality. Angi and her husband Jason were married at the Kings Gap Mansion and have taken annual family portraits with their now 3 year old daughter at this location. It's a charming tradition and I was honored to be a part of it. We had a gorgeous, albeit windy, day to take family portraits. Personally I would take windy to cold and rainy any day!!
We started our photo session at the Kings Mansion and worked our way to the gardens where Kenzie learned the joy of throwing leaves. Even though it took a little bit of time for this shy one to warm up to me, I knew I would get some joyful smiles eventually! Thanks so much to Angi, Jason, and their adorable tike Kenzie for braving the wind. See more from our day below!