I was looking so forward to working with little Ms. M. We planned to do her shoot in a blooming apple orchard! I know, so perfect!!! On my drive up the mountain the skies started to get dark. Then it started looking pretty ominous. I arrived early and scouted the best spot for the pictures and prayed everyone would be on time, and the storm would hold off for at least a few shots. Knowing full well a two year old would not respond well to pressure, I kept my voice light and my instructions clear. I did not try to engage with Ms. M, there would be no time to gain her trust today. I relied on Mom, and Dad who she already trusted, told them what to do and where to stand so she would appear to be engaging with the camera. They were awesome. We took a few shots in one dress and quickly (seriously the fastest wardrobe change I have seen in my 20 years as a children’s photographer) put her in another and kept going. We probably got about 10-12 minutes in, all together. Only 7 or 8 before it started getting dark, and I had to push my camera’s settings to her limits. Mom and I sat in my car in the storm afterwards and I showed her what I captured. I was willing to reschedule the session and try again, but it wasn’t necessary. Ms. M is so beautiful and so happy, we got more than enough shots. Here are a few of my favorites:
At first the wind blowing the blossoms off the tree was pretty. That lasted about as long as it took to take this shot. Then it got crazy. I just love her little face in the last shot.