My friend Jessie has such great and fun ideas. I always get to excited to document her family because
she truly thinks and dreams about what kind of session she wants. This was one of those fun shoots.
She wanted fancy and outfits in a winter and mountain settings. The perfect combo for a family session
with small children right? Not exactly...but we improvised. The babies were asleep in the car so we took
full advantage of that time to get some sweet couples photos of Jessie and Matt because let's be honest
when you have two little ones, you hardly have the time or energy to take photos of yourself plus you are
too busy taking photos of your little ones doing all the fun and amazing things they do everyday. I always
suggest my families to have a least 5 minutes dedicated to getting a few couple sessions in and if you are really lucky
bring along a babysitter/helper to give you even more stress free time with your spouse. So this session wasn't
exactly what we envisioned, because Penny was not happy about the cold. She wanted to be in the car where it was
warm. Jessie is such a champ and still loved the photos and I honestly can say I do too. Remember, not every
photo of your family and children will be "picture perfect." Sometimes, you have to improvise and make it appear
like we are having a great time on that cold little mountain top. Sometimes, a photo with a crying toddler is just
what it is, and that is REAL life. I love Jessie for that because she even said "please, I don't mind if she is not happy
because this is a memory, this is what Penny was doing this day and it's just real life." Baby Ralph was very content though
and I have captured Penny in her element (which is eating something yummy, playing and exploring).
Here is one of my favorite sessions with Penny because it was like I wasn't even there, I was just following her around
doing what she wanted to do. Which has inspired me to offer in home family documentary lifestyle sessions. More to come on those!
Lake Family | Outdoor Family Session
Medford, Oregon | Olivia Leigh Photography