The J Family introduced me to an amazing new location that I am sure I will frequent for shoots going forward: The Mansfield Hollow Dam. The place was breathtaking. So serene, and seriously no end to the settings/backgrounds! We walked down a little path until we came to a body of water that I'm told is excellent for kayaking on. Their little guy threw a stone at the water and when he saw it land on some ice, thought it was a great idea to run in after it! The edges of the water were not frozen, so he took a nice, brisk, mid-afternoon, mid-December dip! He was the epitome of a trooper though, and with a little love from mom & dad, and some distraction, continued the shoot without any problem! (luckily his clothing really didn't soak up the water, so don't worry he was not dripping wet the whole time!!) We had an awesome stroll around the place, and I cannot wait to get back to this location for my next shoot!
The next family feature is the G family. We shot on location at the family’s home in Vernon, CT - where, in an effort to give their images a warm holiday vibe, the family had put up their tree and holiday decorations nice and early for the shoot! It was awesome! The decor and holiday outfits (and jammies) truly worked like magic – I left the shoot singing Christmas carols and even more excited for the holidays this year!
I know my posts lately have been all about my mini sessions. However, I wanted to write today about my full private photography sessions. I enjoy these sessions most, because the pressure is off, and it gives me a chance to step back and capture the family in a very relaxed environment. Most of these sessions are shot at a client's home, or at a park, or another location of their choice. Regardless of where we end up, by the time we are halfway through the hour long session, you can really see each family fall into their "own" and become more comfortable with the fact that I'm there, with a camera, capturing everything.
Up until a few weeks ago (when I decided to offer minis this year), this was all I knew. Don’t get me wrong, the mini sessions have been amazing – I have been very pleased with the amount of beautiful, quality images I’ve been able to capture of some gorgeous subjects :). I do, however, want to let you all know just how much more relaxed full sessions are - and how with these sessions, I am able to capture some “in-between” moments that most of the time just do not happen in the amount of time that minis allow. For the rest of this week, I will feature a different family a day from these full sessions :)
Today's feature is the J Family. We started the session at their beautiful home in Madison, CT. They have a river running through the woods in their backyard (awesome) - and a quintessential tire swing! We also had plenty of time to take a drive down to the local beach. Because it was a super chilly, crisp, fall day, we had the beach to ourselves - the perfect ending location to add some variety to our shoot!