I was lucky enough to meet the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. Provencal through a local neighborhood resource. (Side Note: Aaron is the president/owner of Five Star Restoration in Rancho Cordova, Check them out if you haven't already!) They are set to get married next month, and with a limited time before the wedding, we decided to make their Engagement Session a Family Session. What a wonderful idea that turned out to be! (for the most part)
We decided to set our session time during the famed "golden hour". For those of you who don't know, its the jackpot for a natural light photographer. It is the sweet spot just before the sun sets for the day that creates a beautiful glowing warmth which translates to some amazing images. (ESPECIALLY when you have a beautiful family on front of your camera!)
Needless to say the pictures from that night are beautiful. But, I'm sure you have heard it a million times "beauty is pain" ... or in our case ITCHING. I use this location all the time, and not once have I had an issue, but not long after we arrived things got interesting. At first there were only a few mosquitos, but by the end of our session they were everywhere. We were taking turns swatting them away , and laughing as they were smacking them off of each other. Luckily for me, I have some pretty awesome clients so I was forgiven (after the itching subsided, of course).
The laughter, the opportunity to bop dad on the head (for his own good), and the genuine reactions seen below = Priceless.
BUT, my reason for sharing this, aside from the obvious laugh is that; when things seem perfect, chances are they're not. Don't let that get you down! Screaming kids when you're taking family pictures? Keep smiling, let me do everything in my power to get that perfect smile! Wardrobe malfunction? I can fix it now, or in editing! Mosquito invasion? Don't worry, you'll still have beautiful pictures (and a great story). Okay, Maybe not the last one, but I'm sure that in 5, 10, 20 years, those mosquito bites that lasted a week will be well worth the itching for the custom portraits still hanging on your walls!