It’s not very often that I photograph older kids but every time I do I have the best conversations with them. This family in particular has some pretty amazing kids, or really, young adults.
The oldest is incredibly smart and has a heart of gold. Even though she’s had some pretty major challenges in her life she has big plans for her future. On top of all her challenges and school work, she’s raising money right now to go to Kenya to help build a school.
Her brother is a skateboarding whiz. One of my son’s favourite things to do is to hang out at the skateboard park and watch the “big kids” doing tricks so I loved hearing about all the cool things this guy is doing – and how quickly he learned them all.
The youngest has a huge passion for dancing. You name a dance style, she does it. We are fellow SYTYCD (So You Think You Can Dance for the uninitiated) fans – my guilty TV pleasure.
Given the way this summer started it’s no surprise that sessions have had to be changed up because of the rain. But this is the first time ever I’ve had a session taken over by mosquitoes. When I arrived early at our planned location I went for a fairly long walk, looking at the light and choosing some great spots for our session, casually swatting the mosquitoes as I went. I wondered why I was at a gorgeous location on a beautiful sunny evening and there wasn’t another soul in sight.
I made my way back to the car deciding we’d probably need some bug spray for the session. I met up with the family and took mom and the kids back to the places I’d scouted while her boyfriend went on a bug spray run.
As we’re walking, I noticed I’m swatting mosquitoes a little more frantically then before. A few mosquito jokes and we keep walking. We get to our location, I look at the kids and their jeans are completely covered with mosquitoes. Hundreds. So we turn back and literally make a run for the cars. Never in my life have I seen bugs like that!
I wasn’t familiar with the area but mom quickly came up with a new location and we caravan-ed over there. Thank you all for a great session. I loved spending time with your family.