Happy New Year!
You can plan all you want (and yes, I am a meticulous planner) for how a session or a wedding is going to go, but I’ve learned that it never goes entirely as planned and the best way is to roll with it.
You may, for instance, come across a city wide soccer wind-up barbecue in the middle of your planned family photos, or a boy scout convention at the styled shoot out in the country.
You may have a baby awake when you want them sleeping, and sleeping when you want them awake. You may have rain when you want sun, or glorious sun when you packed your collection of 20+ umbrellas.
Sometimes you have to just go for it and park the sports car at the exact angle where it needs to be (forgiveness instead of permission, right?)
I’ve learned to always wear my tall boots in the fields… I’ve seen mice, rats and snakes, baby. This isn’t for the faint of heart.
It’s not a bad idea to carry my mini first aid kit (band-aids, dental floss, gum and more to the rescue of kids and bridesmaids alike!) Restocking the puppet and bubble supply is essential.
We like to have fun and expect the unexpected.
Behind the scenes is a glimpse into the unplanned, unscripted, and come-as-you-are moments of 2012.
Ballet moves with little brother running through the shot.
Tie straightening, button fixing before family photos. The finished shot: First time I’ve had action figure posing. Not always full participation immediately from my own kids. Spontaneous family hugs. Creating Christmas in June for a promotional shoot. The finished product: My trusty assistant running out a prop, posing a group, guarding the bouquet, and creating magic windy-veil look. Video and photographer behind the scenes…These are the finished ones captured: A quiet and sneaky, cute ring-bearer just before the ceremony!Family laughs. My other trusty assistant/light stand-in/reflector holder in training: A slightly deflated balloon that we threw in the air to get the next shot. Wedding party fun. The actual shot:The right after shot:Butterflies that were supposed to fly away, but didn’t. Makeup artist at the park before grad photos.The finished shot:Instructions for posing and dress arranging. My favourite camera bag/purse in the whole wide world! Sweet baby girl only to be consoled by her Mommy.A golden retriever photo bombs the family portrait: That’s a wrap! Cheers, Steph