When it Rains on Family Picture Day!

Wouldn’t you rather be running through those fountains than getting your picture taken?

Situation: an extended family portrait with grandparents from out of town that had to take place on that day. Four little kids in their formal finery posing as the rain dripped around them.

Despite the weather, we managed to get some cute family pics under cover of awnings and porches.  But those fountains kept calling to them…

Then, to make the torture worse for these kids – their parents got to take their pictures in the fountain…

They could resist no more. And boy do I LOVE a family that just decides to let go and have fun being wet! A photographer’s dream!

I don’t know who had more fun at this shoot – the family playing in the fountains, or the photographer who got to photograph the joy!

A Unique and Fun Family Portrait Session

I love it when my client has a specific vision and idea for their session; part of my passion in photography is helping that vision come to life.

This extended family portrait was part of a very special weekend that was booked as a “Dad and Daughters” weekend at the absolutely majestic Air BnB, http://retreatatcoolspring.com/ out in Virginia’s wine country. The adult daughters were allowing their brothers to come over for dinner and family portrait session on the Saturday night of the weekend and they were expecting great things! Everything, from the dresses and the men’s jackets and khakis, to the croquet and champagne, were carefully styled for a family portrait session and I was so excited to help with the creation.

The direction given to me – which I LOVED – was “cocktail party, not stiffly posed…as if I was a fly on the wall of a wonderful party.”  And that’s just what it turned out to be (by the end of the night, I was asking if I could be adopted into this fun family).  All were great sports in the stifling heat of August in Virginia and I had a chance to explore a new beautiful setting, and try out my best “Vanity Fair” style of staging a group. They even pretended to do their “Dynasty” style pose, but then quickly relaxed into with their true fun and very unstuffy style.