Topic: Pix of Week
It is funny how things work out. The images for this week come from a family portrait session that was originally scheduled for one week earlier. The baby was only a few weeks old and the family wanted some of the images to have a foliage / fall colors background. We watched the foliage forecaster sites and called around to keep tabs on the developing color. It is a bit tricky because we live on the shores of Malletts Bay and the foliage always seems to lag here. So, while we are still surrounded in various shades of greens, we can be completely oblivious to peak color happening only a few miles away from the lake or up a hill.
We had heard of some great color developing out in the Calais area, but the couple were not able to coordinate schedules to make it then. The next week, peak color was moving west, so we scouted out some spots in the Essex / Westford / Fairfax area, but as the appointed hour approached, so did the rain. So, we rescheduled out yet another week. By then we were actually getting some peak color here in Colchester, and as luck would have it - beautiful weather as well.
Again, we employed off-camera speedlites, but this time enjoyed a background of well sun lit foliage in the background. This one had a nice mix of reds, yellows and oranges all conveniently person height rather than only at the tops of very tall trees. And several spots were available to choose from.
They were a delightful couple and the baby was great! They kept telling me how she would fall asleep after she was fed, but apparently she did not want to miss anything. She was wide awake, looking around and responsive the whole time, both outside and later for the inside shots.
I loved how we were able to layer the light with the different colors depending on what was shaded and what was in the sunlight. We even found a spot where the multi-colored leaves were all heavily backlit.
I think it created a "cool" effect! You will notice that the newborn baby is still smiling and happy - responding so well to me that the couple asked if I was available for babysitting?
From here, we headed back into the studio for a round of inside shots of mostly the baby. We did the classical feet, hands, ears, etc. and a creative shot with the baby on the dad's guitar while he played. These images may all be seen in the couple's password-protected gallery.
Of course, one of the nicest things about this couple was the fact that we had also photographed their wedding a couple years ago, and it was now great to see how their family was beginning to grow.
Would you like a family portrait? They make great gifts for the holidays, or any time of the year! Give us a call or send an email, we would love to include you in the Ayer Photography family.
Posted by Warren