When mom Rachel came to my office to chat about their session, I learned pretty quickly that little Isabelle had a tendency to be shy around new people. As she cuddled close to mom on the couch, checking out her surroundings, Rachel informed me that they had never had family photos taken and they really wanted something that was casual and genuine.
She expressed interest in maybe a gallery wall in the living room or in a space over their bed to display the images. By the end of our meeting, I managed to squeeze out Isabelle's favorite color - pink - but resigned to break out that sweet and goofy personality her mom said she exudes at home during out shoot.
The day of our session, the forecast called for scattered rain on and off all day so we were on the fence about whether to go for it or reschedule. I am SO glad the Santiago's were willing to brave the looming clouds and meet as planned, because what resulted was a unique and cozy, nature filled session that left no one sweating profusely or drenched in rain.
The Santiago's session is a perfect example of how a longer session time can benefit little ones...especially for kids who are a little shy at first, like 2.5 year old Isabelle. She was quiet, reserved, and clung close to mom and dad for the first 30 minutes of our time. But with a little space and some time to warm up, by the end of the shoot, she was skipping and running and twirling around the field like she owned the place.
Rachel said at the end of our shoot,
"I'm so glad we did this! She just needed some time to warm up and to be fair, so did we!"