We’ve been spending a lot of time over this pandemic on family adventures outside. I think we’ve been to more county and state parks over this last year than we’ve ever been. It’s been really fun to explore some of the tinier nooks and crannies of the state. My kids, and my husband are adventurous tree climbers, their confidence in scaling trees amazes me. These long days at home have definitely allowed for a slowing down and taking our time with certain things, like building stick things in nature.
The kids love to build in nature so snow forts and stick forts have been the seasonal love of the moment. They have worked hard on the epic winter snow fort at the end of the driveway. Adding to it each snowfall and loving how high the plow makes the pile.
The thing I love about photographing children is their ability to just get lost in what their doing. To be completely absorbed in their work and take complete joy what they can accomplish. Whether that’s finding bugs, climbing trees, building a stick bridge, or jumping in mud puddles, it’s so beautiful to follow. Mud puddles or those giant puddles after a summer rain might be my favorite thing to photograph. It’s messy, but those smiles!
Winter in photography is always a time that I explore and experiment with indoor light. I play around with that soft light that spills in before early sunsets, experiment with darker, dramatic light portraits, with details, flatlays. There’s a sweet, stillness to it. I’m so loving this start of warmer weather though! I can’t wait for those sunshiny spring days to fully arrive!
What sorts of adventures has your family been up to?