While I have flown to many locations like Mexico, St Lucia, and Hawaii for weddings, I have never flown before for a family portrait session.
Lindsay & Clayton hired me to capture their baby daughter’s first year with a maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 12 month session. They were living in Portland when their daughter was born, but since moved to beautiful sunny San Mateo, CA. So, when they asked if I would fly down to CA for the day to capture their daughter’s 6 month session, I emphatically said “YES”!
I packed all my camera equipment and portrait gear and grabbed an early flight down to CA. I landed around 9:30am and Clayton picked me up at the airport while Jenny and the kids made their way to a local park. We fought through a bit of traffic (I know surprise, surprise), and made our way to the park. Within just a few short minutes, I was already behind the camera snapping away. I knew my time with them was finite with a flight out at 5pm later that day and enough time for lunch and a decent sized nap (for the kids, not me). And it all worked out perfectly. We photographed at the park until the 6 month old showed signs of being sleepy. We wrapped things up and headed back to the house for lunch and nap time. When the two little ones awoke from their nap, I had already setup a backdrop for another round of photos. This gave us the flexibility of creating work that felt like it was captured in a studio (the black backdrop), as well as images that were captured outdoors at a park and in the setting of the home. We were able to create 3 different looks.
I broke down the background kit, packed up my bags, and made my way back to the airport for my flight. I landed, headed back home, and was eating dinner that night by 7:30pm. It felt like the perfect work day mixed in with a little mini-vaca.
Here are some of our favorites from the family portrait session in CA: