Meet Ashleigh, Jason and their adorable kids!
Ashleigh and Jason decided, late last year, that it was time for some Family Portraits…. but knew that they wanted their image to show the FUN loving style of their little family. After several chats together Ash and I decided on a gorgeous Gold Coast location for their family photos. We were both so excited about this session, as we chatted about outfit colours, backdrops and the best time of day to get together to make these images happen.
Then Mother Nature decided to have her say! On their original booking date the Gold Coast decided it would put on a torrential downpour. Thank goodness for those beach cameras, which showed me just what it was like down on the Coast before any of us set off. After a day of checking the weather we decided to postpone. The next day was sunny. One day! We were so close!!! So, we rescheduled.
After another morning of watching the weather and surf cameras (with another Storm set to hit) we decided to brave it. The cameras were clear, as was the sky here in Logan City. We all arrived a little early. I always like to be a little ahead of time …. just in case. Ash and Jason had taken the same approach….. and it was so lucky they did. We headed down to the seafront straight away, as the clouds were threatening to hit us with some seriously crazy weather.
Oh my goodness! We had so much FUN!!! The kids were in their element, playing in the sand and water… and Ashleigh and Jason were even able to cuddle up for some images which have since made the kids cringe (pure gold). We had no sooner finished playing around under the pier when the sky got really dark. Did we run and hide? Nope! We already had those guaranteed 'safe' shots, taken under cover. So, we ran over the the sand dunes, where the clouds threatened in the background. We could not have asked for more MAGICAL light if we had tried. There was another lovely photographer lady working with a family at the same time ….. but they took off as soon as it got a little dark, apparently unable to get enough light for their images. Not us! We completely EMBRACED the change in light. The kids had crazy amounts of energy by now. Most kids LOVE locations …. and rain! The lighting was SUPERB and the energy contagious!
No sooner had we shot the images we wanted on the dunes when it started to bucket down from the sky. No lightning or thunder so we knew we were pretty safe to keep playing for a while. We ran back under the pier and finished with some fun 'wet' shots. What an AWESOME way to end such a spectacular session!
The ENERGY from this location session gave my heart such a rush! I literally LOVE my job that much. Whether I'm in studio or on location, I really come to life when I have clients in front of me and a camera in my hands ….. but LOCATIONS always give that little bit more. For those who adore the outdoors, like myself (and Ashleigh's family) LOCATION PORTRAITS are the perfect answer! They give the kids a chance to run and play, and show their true personalities…. and they give me a chance to capture the 'real' them. Ashleigh & Jason have ordered several large canvases from their session because they LOVE their images that much. When I met with Ash for her image viewing she used the words "Wow! They're like wedding photos!". Yes, they are! I think that might be what I love MOST about location shots. They give us a chance to have truly creative, arty images, very similar to the stylised shots Matt & I capture during a wedding. Absolute WINNER!!!