Fall! It's the busiest time of year for a photographer. I've been squeezing in as many colorful leaf-filled sessions as I can lately, and it's been so fun, crazy, and pretty! Today's senior portrait session was photographed at the lovely Maymont Park in Richmond. We lucked out because it was supposed to rain ALL weekend, but this session was just a little cloudy and didn't start sprinkling until we were finished and walking to our cars. Score. Let this session be yet another testament to the fact that cloudy days are just lovely in photographs! If you have a session scheduled and the weather is iffy, I usually recommend we go for it because I enjoy the not quite sunny, not quite rainy in between weather.
I was photographing a senior session last week and my clients noticed a family nearby who were struggling through their own portrait session. They watched the kids, who were wailing and screaming, and said "oh goodness, it must take a lot of patience to photograph babies and kids!" Sometimes, yes. But in TODAY'S session, not at all! I mean, it's obvious from the pictures, but this little boy was a complete and total champ for his one year old pictures! I've seriously never worked with a sweeter little thing than him.
I wanted to share this summer engagement session I photographed for my best friend, Kristen's little sister and her fiance! Gosh, I don't even know where to start on this one. My first memories of Nicole, I don't think she was even school age yet. I would arrive at her house every morning to meet her sister and walk to the bus stop together every morning. I remember Nicole bursting with energy when I entered and me being a zombie because mornings have never been my jam.
Yikes! I have a bit of a back log of photo shoots that I haven't shared in the past month. Whoops! Time flies like you would not believe when you have your first child. I remember the days when I updated my blog 3x a week. Now, I'm pretty satisfied if I get a weekly post in! And you know me, if it comes down to a portrait session or the latest happenings of Willow, I'll probably blog about Willow haha.
If you've been keeping up with our summer happenings, you know we took a trip to Myrtle Beach in July. Unfortunately, that trip was cut short when we realized that Erik's grandfather was too sick and we needed to go say goodbye to him in northern Virginia. We're thankful we made it to see him in time and everything worked out like it was supposed to, but with the grief and stress of that and all the additional travel involved in going there for visits and then to Pennsylvania for the memorial, the cut shortedness of our original beach trip... it felt like there was no rest this summer. And while it's true, with a baby you don't get a lot of rest on vacation anyway!, we wanted to do something fun.
Barefoot and free,
she toddles and trips along.
Milky gray skies pour in as September dawns.
She and I, we're floating between warm and cool days.
She, between crawling and stepping through the grass blades.
I hold Willow's hand as she places a little foot forward,
again and again,
and we break all the rules.
Throwing dirt, digging through mulch, splashing puddles,
yelling loud, and enjoying the cold rain drops fresh on our skin.
Some rules are stupid and
this world is ours.