Another Fall Family

This is my cute friend Molly’s family.  These were taken the same day/place as my friend Lora’s family that I blogged a few posts back.  We had a fun friend’s shooting day!  I wanted to post these to show the wardrobe choice.  I love the red accents especially against the yellow/green background.  The first question I get asked is what to wear so I’m posting different color choices in the hopes that it will help.  I always like to see actual examples, it’s easier than trying to only go by imagination.

Fyi for other shooter’s who may care. With the children’s images I am shooting about a half hour before sunset and as you can see it’s positioned behind them and to camera right.  I am using a 5-in-1 circular collapsible reflector with the black/white panels to block the sun from hitting my lens and also to bounce light back at the kids for fill.


Ye Olde Tyme Truck(e)

It has been a long while since I have played with this old truck.  I kinda love it.  I love the color of it and the textures of the peeling paint, front grill, headlights, and broken window.  I also love how the late afternoon light comes in from the back to light the leaves and add hair/edge light.  This image just makes me happy.

The families wardrobe was based on this adorable little girl’s boots and to me that makes perfect sense!  I love the color scheme this family chose.  It works perfectly with the colors of the truck and the golden leaves.  We did this image later than the family image and you can tell how fast the light changed….sigh.

Just fyi for my fellow shooters.  The truck is still here by Eden park but the old blacksmith shop is currently under construction so it’s not available.  Plus they tore down the South half.  That was a sad, sad, day…I took a picture.

p.s. If you want to see more images from this shoot they are on my families album on my facebook business page.  Here’s the link.

Finally! I’ve always wondered about this bridge.

You know those locations that you see a million times and think “Gee, I really ought to shoot there”  but for some reason you never do?  Why is that?  Laziness maybe?  This bridge is in Ogden Canyon and I have driven by it, goll, thousands of times?  {that was me trying not to exaggerate because I was going to say a bazillion}.  It’s BRIGHT red!  Why have I not shot here before?!  I am irritated at myself.  In all fairness I didn’t know about the berries in the background until I got there and actually walked around instead of just wooshing by in my car…I’m a sucker for yellow leaves and red berries.

For anyone who cares about logistics there are little pull-offs to park in right before the bridge, if you are coming from Ogden and across the road from the bridge. Shooting there wasn’t as scary trafficy as I was afraid it would be.  We only had two cars need to cross the bridge and perhaps one wasn’t too happy with us but the other was really nice.  I still would hesitate about bringing a lot of small children here unless they were kept on an extremely tight leash, and by that I mean watched very carefully.  You have the canyon traffic and the river so you definitely can’t let little ones wander.  This is a great location if you like to shoot in open shade (which I love) though you will want to start earlier in the day than you might think because it’s darker down in the canyon.

Oh, I forgot to introduce this lovely family.  These are the Swains, one of my oldest and most favorite families.  I have lost track of how many times I have photographed them but it’s been every year for a long time.  I love watching their family grow and we always have a lot of fun.  They are all such pros that I hardly have to do anything.  The trickiest part of their shoots is finding new looks and locations…which means I get to shoot at those places that I have always wondered about….it’s a charmed life!

My Most Favorite Family Walking Picture Ever

I got to photograph a good friend of mine and her beautiful family.  We have gone to school together since, I am assuming, Kindergarten and it was lovely to see her again.  Definitely one of the best perks of my job.  The weather this year wreaked havoc with my fall sessions.  I was worried about this one because the colors weren’t quite at peak on the Valley floor and I wondered if we should wait.  Well, if we had we would have been photographing in 6-8 inches of snow.  A look I love but not what they were hoping for.  As it was I absolutely love the light.  That warm golden late afternoon light is my favorite.  For those who care about the technical we started almost exactly one hour before sunset and I am using a large collapsible 5-in-1 reflector that is being held by my lovely assistant.  It is bouncing light as well as acting as a gobo (or flag if you prefer that term).

Her kids are so much fun!

Now I have taken a lot of family walking images but I have never had someone hang upside down.  As soon as I saw it I knew I had a keeper.  I laugh every time I look at this!

‘Til next time!