I've know Kevin, the Grandpa of this grand famiy, for a while due to my connection with the Falmouth Art Center. We are both members. He and his wife were celebrating their 50th anniversary and knew it was time to have a big gathering, celebrate and have family portraits taken by a professional. We got together at 7 AM on a Saturday in July. Why so early? Because the light was in the right place that time of day for the background they wanted. The location was right across the street from their home. It's the view they see every day when they are enjoying their summer home on The Cape. We were lucky when a few clouds came out. People don't realize how bright it can be that time of day. I gave them the option of 7 PM but we would have had to change the location due to the lighting conditions. They were game for the early session and it really worked out! We had a great time and they had the whole day ahead of them to be together, go to the beach, and enjoy each other.
I love what I do! I get to work with families who want to be together and capture that closeness. We were supposed to get together on a Tuesday night, an hour before sunset, but it poured rain. We could only reschedule the next morning because one family member had to go back home. I arrived at 6:15 am and the light was lovely. The very youngest family member, a very busy two year old, was great to work with. It was his time of day! The adults had their coffee and everyone loved the quiet, calm beach.
Here's what they had to say-"I just wanted to thank you for the pictures. They look terrific! How you got all 15 of us smiling at once - especially at 6:30 am, I will never know! As I had told you when I booked the session, Grandma has been talking about having a family picture done on that beach for the past 17 years. This was really the perfect way to celebrate her 90th birthday. She is thrilled with the way everything came out. Thanks again for capturing a wonderful family memory!"
Back at the beach photographing families. It was a full weekend of family portraits. This session was Friday at a private beach in Waquoit Bay. The Dad was celebrating his 70th birthday and they were thrilled to have their family together for the first time in over a year. It was a little breezy and cool but we found a spot in the lee of the wind and the light was lovely.
It's ironic to be posting about the rain when we (Cape Cod) are about to get another 12-14"s of snow again on top of the exsiting foot of snow. This is why I only do outdoor family sessions May through October.
I wanted to show that sometimes the session must go on. It started out as a rainy day but this family reunion was determind to have their portraits taken, regardless of the weather. It was the only time they would all be together. Some lived on the West Coast, some overseas. The rain let up and the light was very soft. They were real troopers.