Things don’t always go as planned. Actually, things rarely go as planned. As a professional photographer, I’ve learned that flexibility must be the rule not the exception when it comes to shooting any scheduled session.
So, on a beautiful Wednesday evening when my client was an hour late for a session, I knew I was going to have to shoot fast and loose in order to get the images she had in mind. We were losing daylight, land, and protection against the mosquitoes who dominate the southern coast from the end of February to the end of November.
And because I know this client and have worked with her and her family before (I shot her wedding, her maternity photos, her children’s one year portraits, etc), I knew there was a good reason she was running late. Enter the unknown quantity- children. Pamela and Kyle, the married couple featured here, have two adorable kids. Their six year old daughter is sweet and smart and loves everyone she meets. Their almost three year old son is pretty typical of all almost three year old boys…wild, wonderful, and full of positive energy. It was the latter of these two offspring that caused the delay by smearing brown waterproof eyeliner into his angel blonde hair just minutes before Pamela was leaving to get to their session with me. You can probably imagine the time and effort it took for Pamela to remove her son’s last minute decorations from his hair! To her credit, she and the kids arrived at the beach with huge smiles on their faces, ready to go.
In the midst of all this, I managed to fall backwards over a rock- I wish I had video to show you as I’m sure it was hilarious. Then not 10 minutes later I nearly broke my toe stepping down from another rock into what I thought was soft sand. It was not. It was a rock hiding under sand. The rocks totally had it in for me.
While getting some new family photos was part of what Pamela had asked me to do, the higher priority was to get some moody, romantic, dramatic photos of her and Kyle together. It had been a while since they had images made of just the two of them so she reached out to me to see if I would be interested. Let’s see now…moody, romantic, dramatic photos. Yes, please!!!
Never mind all the set backs- when a creative challenge presents itself and clients are willing to get right in there and make things work along side me, magic just seems to happen. OH- and I cannot forget one HUGE important part of this session was an assistant who was totally up for this photo adventure. My photography student/assistant Audrey didn’t miss a beat holding the light and corralling the children (sometimes doing both at the same time) throughout the shoot. Sometimes the unplanned events just give the right amount of excitement to make it all come together.