The beauty in the following session is my daughter-in-love’s sister. We are not technically family, but we are family all the same. I think we’re all agreed that we can break the so-called family rules if we want to.
So, we made plans months and months ago to have a maternity session, and once we finally had it all mapped out and set, we were thrown a bit off-course when we arrived at our chosen location only to find they were closing before we’d even get to the golden sunset lighting of the day. A bit dismayed, I was without a clue which place we might be able to get to first before losing the light, since our location of choice was so far out (comparatively). As we slowly pulled away from our spot, I looked around and told them to pull over at the next road. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a photographer, it’s that any spot will actually do. The whole session took place on the side of a dirt road, and in my opinion? It couldn’t have been more perfect.
Now, you have to understand toddlers. They aren’t down with pictures, typically. In fact, the variety that toddlers come in is usually either very shy and I have to work VERY hard to get them to at least glance in my direction once or twice, or they have no use for pictures and I have to work VERY hard to convince them that this is the best idea ever! Typically, a toddler who has no use for pictures will not pose. However, they ARE happy to do everything else, like being a silly goose and making sure you really have to work to get those sweet moments before said toddlers totally jump back in. Even though they don’t want to be in pictures, you see.
Notice how he doesn’t really want to be in pictures. I mean, the way he avoids even looking DIRECTLY into the camera.
I like to give men and children breaks when we’re on maternity sessions so I can focus on the beauty of the expectant mom, and oh my, isn’t it worth it just for these moments?
Of course, this is usually happening nearby —
For the record, that happened because we actually asked him to pose. Which, you know, you never try to get a toddler to do. Because, well…
Anyway, he was much more into posing with his mom, dad, and sister-to-be (never mind how many shots I have to get while practically standing on my head to get him to look at me).
And then, he’s off while I catch some sweet moments -
My goodness, can you just imagine the sweet baby feet that will fill these shoes?
Mom really wanted some pictures of him kissing her belly, and let’s just say it took eleventy-katrillion shots for me to capture him doing so, since he would run and kiss way too fast for me to catch.
But then he got all movie star on me and treated me like the paparazzi. “No more pictures of my sister!” he said.
Since I’m hardly ever scared of toddlers, I just took his mom and ran with her. Simply gorgeous…
Finally the time came to begin wrapping it all up. A few more pictures and we’d call it a night. And by a few more, obviously I meant ONE more with little man before he had better things to do again.
What often happens on sessions is some need more time to warm up and relax, and I’m just so happy that happened for this guy, because for the very last pictures of the day, we ended up with these, and I couldn’t be more in love with the moment and the lighting.
Seriously gorgeous, amiright?
We laughed and had a ton of fun, and very soon after, a baby girl was born. And her newborn photos will be on the site very, very soon.