Eagerly, I entered the L.A. Arboretum with my photography equipment bag in one hand and a kid friendly treasure map in the other. I was excited to meet with Windy, Anthony, their two handsome boys, and their cute little Chihuahua dog too, who joined the portrait session at the tail end.
The Durham boys were keen to explore the grounds of the beautiful Arboretum, so we soon headed to the first of our various pre-planned garden locations. During the transitional periods of the family portrait session it was great to listen to Anthony as he reminisced on his own childhood walks at this same Arboretum with his mother and his brother. In the meantime, the boys were happily busy glancing at their map to spot the next location (I created it in preparation for our walk featuring the boys’ favorite characters Catboy & Gecko). Windy and Anthony are a very sweet couple and they were very understanding when the youngest boy was at times not readily willing to give us his full smile — even after I put on some funny cat ears! So, I used distraction as another way to get him to smile and pretended to lose my balance while on my step stool. Moreover, it’s this type of natural flowing interactions with my clients that makes it fun and interesting for me. In turn, I believe that my outgoing personality makes it fun for them too! I love seeing them feeling comfortable and at ease while I’m behind the camera capturing their unique personalities. It is important for me that my families all have a pleasant experience from beginning to end.
Indeed, it was a true pleasure to have been able to spend such a lovely Fall afternoon outdoors with the Durham family and their cute family dog, Pumpkin!