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Family Adventures – Winter 2021

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. 

Two children in red jackets building a stick bridge across a stream at the base of a large tree. The child sitting on the river bank is placing a stick on the bridge. One child is sitting on the bridge. There's snow on the ground.
Two children in red jackets building a stick bridge across a stream at the base of a large tree. The child sitting on the river bank is placing a stick on the bridge. One child is sitting on the bridge. There’s snow on the ground.

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!

Portraits of my son. On the left, a child sitting on a couch reading a book in sunlight. On the right, a close-up portrait of a child looking at the camera, face half in shadow next to a wooden sword.
Portraits of my son. On the left, a child sitting on a couch reading a book in sunlight. On the right, a close-up portrait of a child looking at the camera, face half in shadow next to a wooden sword.

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?

Left - Close up of a child's hand playing the ukelele. Right - Grown-up in red shirt and child in grey on couch playing Ukeleles together. Both are looking at each other.
Left – Close up of a child’s hand playing the ukelele. Right – Grown-up in red shirt and child in grey on couch playing Ukeleles together. Both are looking at each other.
Flatlay of snails on wooden table with plant and books.
Flatlay of snails on wooden table with plant and books.
Portrait of border collie curled up, asleep in snow with snowflakes in her fur.
Portrait of border collie curled up, asleep in snow with snowflakes in her fur.

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