When I previewed Daphne's session a couple of weeks ago, I said that when I shared the full session on the blog, the title would be "Why you should all insist on scheduling your portrait sessions at 7:30am." As you can see, I shortened that a bit, but only because it seemed cumbersome as written. The fact of the matter is that 7:30 (or just after sunrise, which obviously changes depending on the time of the year) is the perfect time to be out making portraits of children, for a couple of reasons: first, unlike most of us, kids are almost always at their very happiest shortly after they're up and fed; second, the angle of light around sunrise and sunset creates the softest, most flattering portrait light that you can get using natural light. Of course, most of the people I suggest a 7:30am start time to look at me like I'm crazy, and we end up shooting at 9 or 10, and that's okay... a sweet baby, wild toddlers, and coy five year-olds can be captured beautifully at any time of day. But there's just no comparison to dawn if you're looking for something like this...
...and really, if you're NOT looking for something like this, you should probably go find a different photographer. This is what I do. This is what I LOVE. Doing this for people like Debbie and Kevin who love it as much as I do? Well that's just icing on the cake! Debbie & Kevin, thank you so much for working with me... and Debbie's family, thank you for kicking this all off with your gift certificate purchase! I hope these are the gift that will keep on giving for years to come!