There are so many awesome things about my job that sometimes it seems perfect. But one of the tough things is balancing my vision for a session with what actually goes down. See, even if I have never met a family before, I try to get enough of an idea about them to sort of start dreaming up what we may do. Sometimes I hit it right on the noggin. Other times, especailly when I know the children well, it doesn't exactly happen like I think it will. A friend commented to me today "it sure is good your kids will let you take their picture!" My response "they don't always. I just have more time to make them."
So it is with this family. You saw a little sneak peek of Mr. Mason last week, and today I wanted to share some of his baby sister, Maddie. As I said, their mom is my dearest friend, and I hold these two as close to my heart as if they were my own flesh and blood. For Maddie's session recently, I had a vision. I saw bright colors, lots of shoes, her sitting patiently trying them on. And I got some of that.
But by about the 14th time she started to run away from my set up toward a nearby fountain, I realized that I was going to have to roll with it a bit. And I am soooo glad I did, because these are my 2 favorite of her. You'll notice, no bright colors. I favored black and white. No shoes, they were long forgotten. Just Maddie, being her usual gorgeous spunky little self.
I love the motion of the pearls in this one.
Editing these tonight was a good reminder that no matter what my plans may be, I might find unexpected surprises in the unscripted. And that, after all, is why I do what I do.