This beautiful family (and close friends of ours) were definitely due for family photos. I had photographed their wedding and each of their children shortly after they were born. Babies change and grow so quickly and in my mind it’s incredibly important to capture them at different stages - and even more important to get mum and dad with them in every possible combination. Speaking of how quickly children change... James lost his first tooth the day after this photo shoot.
We chose Himeji Gardens for our setting and as with all outdoor shoots the weather plays quite a factor. The forecast the day before was for rain until 3pm. By 8pm we made the call to reschedule as no one is going to have fun if it’s wet and cold (having said that I’m sure my boys would happily put gum boots on and splash in muddy puddles 😆). By morning there was no sign of rain and we quickly chose to go ahead with the shoot. The weather was perfect for us (I love overcast for portraits) and the rain was kind enough to wait until I got home.
The shoot was fun and I let the boys make the rules and read their mood to know when it was time to stop. They all did so well and had an enjoyable time. This is one of the key things for a portrait session. We look at a photo and remember what happened on that day or how we felt at the time the photo was taken. So positive, happy memories are a must otherwise it doesn't matter how gorgeous the photo is, a negative association with the time means the person in it will never think it's a great photo. Fortunately, this family will have happy memories for a lifetime :-)