You can't expect much scenery when scheduling an outdoor session in January, but lucky for me, John and Taylor got married in January and they dig the wintry vibes. The cloud cover also made the most perfect diffused light for this winter family and maternity session out at Lake Bryan in Bryan, Texas.
This winter family session was one of my favorites! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous, because this session was for the wonderfully talented photographer John and his family with All Heart Photography! So John if you're reading this, I hope you couldn't tell how anxious I was! I tried to keep it as cool as possible lol!
Side note: I feel like whenever you're shooting a family session of a photographer - there's a littttle more pressure on yourself because you want to do the best possible and you're like "omg they're a photographer" but they're just people too! So for anyone else out there who feels this way, don't do that to yourself! The nerves went away immediately! This family was so great and let me do my thing!
When your family involves toddlers, its always best for them to have something to do! Start with your surroundings. What would you do as a family if you visited the lake or park? Simple things like tossing rocks into the water are perfect ways to interact and allow me to capture some gems in between! Later on we made our way towards the water and fed the ducks. I still love to do this and I'm an adult! I have memories of visiting my grandparents and feeding the ducks when I was little. These little moments are what I enjoy incorporating into a lifestyle session!
(FYI I have since learned it is not good to feed the ducks bread but cooked rice, oatmeal, seedless grapes, birdseed, peas, and chopped lettuce are good choices)
I just gotta say how perfectly John styled his family for their photos - clean and simple. Texture, color, and nothing too distracting! The wardrobe colors paired so well with the trees and landscape!
I love getting up-close, pile on the quilt shots like these!
This beautiful quilt is from Katie Denton Photography Props check out her awesome quilt sales at KDP Quilts + Support
and lastly, when the random dog joins in on the shoot you have to include it in the blog post! #epicphotobomb
Thank you Mansfield family for booking your lifestyle session with me! I had such a great time getting to know yall more personally and capturing some precious memories out at the lake before your family turns into a party of four!