I've been to Inniswood previously to photograph clients - you can see a previous session HERE and HERE - but I had not been during the fall. Usually I hang around Highbanks, but that park got very bare very fast. The leaves stayed yellowy orange for quite some time due to the warmer temperatures but when the first weekend of November came around, they had had enough. So Highbanks was out, Inniswood was, well, in.
Talk about Grand Central Station! There were actually lines of families waiting to get photos in the most beautiful spots. The foliage was still lovely and the leaves were still mostly on the trees and not in heaps on the ground like at Highbanks. We saw lots of high school seniors with soccer uniforms and sousaphones and various percussion instruments patiently waiting for their turn next to a certain bright orange tree.
Richard and Jessica were concerned because earlier that morning it was in the 30s. I looked outside when Jessica called me and there was frost on the ground. No way did I want 18-month-old Ari traipsing in the freezing cold. We waited until noon and it was perfect. The bright sun usually causes problems with ugly shadows on faces but I brought with favorite lighting with me. It's a bear to carry around and my arms were definitely wibbly-wobbly after our session, but it was so worth it for these beautiful family portraits.
Look at that sweet, slightly mischievous smile! Ari was exactly as I expected - 18-month-olds can't or won't sit still or even pause and smile for a second, in my experience, so this was an amazing shot. We captured some sweet peek-a-boos that made her laugh at herself.
I had a doggie photo shoot after this, so I happened to have my usual dog squeaky toys with me. I had a new one that I hadn't tried out yet. Mr. Chicken made his debut and Ari thought he was pretty neat. He squeaked and sat on my lens and tried to climb all over my head. Oh the things we do for a laugh!
Look at Daddy's Girl! Clearly they are two peas in a pod. Richard made Ari laugh and then she'd laugh and start making him laugh in return for real. It was adorable to see them interact. Of course when nap time started approaching and Ari got super tired, she needed a quiet moment with Mommy.
Richard and Jessica were wonderful to work with and I'm delighted that they love their photos! We wound up with a ton of lovely portraits and I'm glad I wasn't the one who had to choose which to keep.
I love this family portrait!! This is one to treasure, I am sure.
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