The other day, just after a brief snowfall, I had the privilege of shooting a couples' portrait session with their 9 month old lab mix. We did an on location shoot at one of our local covered bridges. After meeting, discussing some ideas, and a few minutes of play time, it was time to get down to business. I could already tell that there was a lot of energy, love, and happiness in this family. The smiles from everyone, the puppy included, never ceased.
We started with some basic "traditional" family shots of the couple and their "fur kid". Keeping the baby entertained with intermissions of play time and snacks. From there we branched out to some more fun and out of the box "chance" shots.
One never knows how a shot will turn out unless it is tried. I don't like leaving ideas as just, well, ideas. Let's give the idea a body and a voice. Let's put it to print. How else are you going to know if you have come up with something wonderful and unique or a dud (which do happen too). Laying on the ground, shooting upwards, taking chances, and getting dirty were all part of the fun and experience.
When I am able to provide my client with a portrait that is unique and personal to them I know I have done my job as an artist.