My friend April has been wanting family portraits for a while now. It seems that family life just kept getting in the way. Any weekend that was planned for family portraits inevitably had something come up. After almost two years, we finally had our chance to take some pictures.
We drove out to the city of Montgomery and found the perfect place for our session. There are several pioneer houses and buildings near the public library, which served well for our session. It was midday which wasn’t helping with the lighting. It was sunny, chilly, and very breezy. We used the porch of one of the old houses to shade and direct the light. I did use a reflector for fill, when it wasn’t too gusty. I had to shoot in between gusts, so there wasn’t hair flying everywhere.
The adorable toddler wasn’t cooperating that well. It seemed every time she was picked up, she really wanted down and thus made for unhappy tear-filled portraits. We decided to give the toddler a break and take a few portraits of mom and dad together. I like these images of the two of them together.
The family was able to regroup and get situated and all looking at the camera. As long as the toddler had something to eat, she would sit in her mother’s lap. I had to shoot these family portraits in between goldfish bites. The last one, which is one of my favorites, was actually right after she put a handful of crackers in her mouth. I was happy that everyone was looking at the camera, at one time.
We shot some more portraits around to some other locations within the park, but these on the porch are among my favorites. That old pioneer house made up a perfect backdrop, which gives these portraits a rustic, timeless look.