Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vision schmision.

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.


stacey said...

I love each of these, but especially the last shot. What a doll she is. Of course this makes me wish even more I knew you when C was just a tot. Sigh... maybe I'll have to settle for you doing senior shots for her down the road. ;)

KClavio said...

Oh my goodness, look at her! She is such a doll--I absolutely love the girliness you went for with these photos. So fitting!

Terra said...

I am seriously giddy over these photos! It definitely shows her girly personality. I can not express how much I appreciate you and your talents, but thank you!

Linda said...

So nice, Mrs. V,so nice.

MelissaKbrew said...

OH MY!!! How ADORABLE is she? These pictures are amazing!!!

Autumn said...

I needs to get me a little girl!! Terra, your Maddie is mucho precioso!! She looks just like you. Great work, as usual, CV! I could go on and's like this is quintessential girliness at its best.

Kara said...

She is Beautiful with a capital B! That second picture made me wish I had a it!

Lory said...

Courtney your are AMAZING!!! And of course Terra, could Maddie be more adorable??? LOVE these shots, they gave me goose bumps! :)