We live 5,000 kilometers from our nearest relative, and it has benefits and draw backs. There is no chance of a drop by where I am caught in my jammies past noon, but there is also no chance that my kids can have an impromptu play-date with their cousins. The holidays are a time when I wished that we lived closer to family, so when my friend Jen asked if I would like to do a photo-shoot with her family that was visiting from out of town I jumped at the chance. I appreciate that her family has never been in Victoria together before, and some photos to capture the reunion were called for.
We met at Saxe Point park which is a great spot for a photo-shoot because it is right on the ocean. Unfortunately, it had been raining on and off for days so the ground was a little soggy. The sun was out for a few minutes and I was able to capture the family together but then the sky opened and tried to drown us. We cowered in the bushes and finished the photos under cover of trees. Everyone was a good sport about the weather because it was December in Victoria, and rain is inevitable. Remarkably you can’t even tell from the photos that we were in the middle of a down pour!
For a few years, I have opened my home to my friends and their families for a Christmas themed photo session. This year I photographed 8 families in one afternoon! With families of 2-7 people, and 1-4 children per family there was a lot of variety in the shots. But even with a range of ages and stages one there was a commonality among the photos. These families are full of big personalities which shone through.
Having two kids myself is helpful when working with other families. In my experience, there aren’t any kids as difficult to photograph as my own. Remarkably other peoples’ kids listen to me, mine do not. It is so much fun to photograph kids because you never know what you are going to get. I can hardly believe that even with 19 kids there wasn’t one single tear.
I don’t know about you but when I go on vacation I always bring my camera. I take a million photos (or at least it feels that way) and when I get home life takes over. All of the photos that I took are saved and maybe never looked at again. I took this group of photos on my first trip to Alaska in 2008. I probably looked at them shortly after I took them, burned them to a disk and filed the disk away. It was a very happy surprise when I found them recently.
Today celebrates the last day of summer. I can’t think of a better way to close off an excellent season than sunsets. As the sunsets on summer 2016 tonight, I am going to keep the excellent memories of summer warmth alive until next year. So long summer, welcome fall.
I had the opportunity recently to do a fly by over Victoria, BC. It was a beautiful day even with the wind. I literally bounced around in my seat and more than once collided with the window while snapping at the landscape below. Even with the turbulence I managed to capture a few shots which I am pretty proud of. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.