I’d have to say that one of my favourite things about being a family photographer is the location scouting. No, really! Sure it can be a challenge to fit it onto the calendar, but everyone loves exploring, right? Well, I do, and ever since my kids were little we’ve been heading out on scouting “adventures” together. We all get some fresh air, I get to prepare for upcoming sessions, and as an added bonus, sometimes I capture some nice photos of… *gasp*… my own kids! It’s even better when I head out with another photographer… someone who sees the landscape and light from a different perspective than my own.
Yesterday I went up to Mt. Seymour with fellow North Shore family photographer Sarah (Sarah Jane Photography). The sun is setting at 4:15 this week, so we took off right after picking the kids up from school. The unsaid rule about location scouting is to always dress your kids nicely just in case your shots end up portfolio-worthy, and I had to laugh when our girls coordinated so well together… great minds think alike?! Anyways, the kids hadn’t seen each other for a long time and were a bit timid with each other at first (check out the first image where Sarah asked them to hold hands), but they warmed up pretty quickly. We packed in lots of climbing, jumping, sliding, and twirling before my little guy, the youngest of the group, couldn’t handle the cold feet anymore and had to be carried back to the car crying his eyes out.
Anyways, I had to share these shots. Although the actual sessions planned for this location were rained out today, I’m hoping to do some snowy family sessions this upcoming winter. Just imagine how pretty it’ll be on a sunny day. Or in the snow! Because, full disclosure: the gently falling snow in these images is fake fake fake… thank you photoshop for taking away the dreariness.