I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of many of the neighborhoods in and around Washington, DC, a beauty that truly comes to life with all the colors of the Fall. And the colors just scream “fun” and childhood to me, like in this picture here, of these twins.
When I’m planning a session, talking to the [usually] Mom ahead of time, and starting to organize my thoughts, I’m fighting all kinds of unknowns. What will the weather be like? What are the children going to be like? How will the parents handle the kids if they’re not cooperating (as they say in West Side Story, “just play it cool..real cool”). Often, I’ve never been to the location before, and can only take a client’s word for it that there are angles that won’t show cars. Etc.
But I usually have one image planted in my mind that I am determined to get. This is the one I’ll get stubborn about. Luckily, with the “S” family, I caught this one very early in the session, before Sister stepped into the stream, and the kids needed a snack and bathroom breaks and…
I knew while on the phone with Mom before the session, that this was the image I wanted. The one that showed joy and love and just plain, good, old-fashioned fun.
So, I left happy! And I hope, “S” family, that you love these and the rest of the pictures to come shortly! Thank you for sharing that beautiful afternoon with me.
- Danie Smallwood, Bethesda, MD child photography