If there’s one thing I love, it’s sunsets. Especially in the fall.
There’s just something about glorious colors painted across the sunset sky, with fall leaves gently framing the edges, that brought me to tears as a child trying to capture the scene for others to enjoy. And as a photographer today, it was a fun evening indeed doing just that with a family we love!
With the Garnett Family’s two dogs in tow, we knew we’d need some help. My husband came armed with off-camera lighting, and some friends came along to keep the dogs’ attentions and just join in the fun. The team effort was worth it – we got incredible shots! Then again, it wasn’t hard. Check out the subjects! 🙂
We started at Prospect Park, one of my favorite places to shoot in the fall. The golden light streams perfectly through the trees, and there were plenty of dogs around to distract our subjects!
Come on, dogs, look at the camera! 😉
That’s better… good thing we had such great helpers!
After some time playing in the leaves at Prospect Park, we hurried over to Lake Michigan to catch the sunset next to Big Red. We stopped along the path to catch this one…
…and then made it to the beach at just the right moment! What a beautiful family!
The dogs wanted their turn too… 😉
…and so did the people!
As the sunset disappeared over the horizon, and the light faded away, we took a few more fun pictures by the lighthouse in front of the gorgeous fall foliage before heading together to a fun, friend-filled dinner.
One of my favorite things about photographing new friends and old is helping people to find creative ways to share their favorite photos. I worry when people “simply” buy a CD of their images after their shoot. I know people have the best intentions, but all too often the time a family takes to organize, plan, and take fun pictures at their shoot simply never gets to be enjoyed when life gets busy, the CD gets lost, and/or images never end up printed. I’m more than happy to provide the CD for families as a backup, but my goal is to do the hard work for them and help get their precious memories up on their walls in creative ways to be seen and remembered, as the family deserves. In this case, the Garnett Family decided to display their sunset artwork as a gorgeous canvas on their wall where they can see it and smile every day, along with smaller professional artwork in holiday frames around their house to enjoy. Even their dogs have a great view of the family from their cages! 😉
We were honored to help create the perfect Christmas message for them along with their gorgeous pictures to share with family and friends in a card over the holidays, as well. So fun!
Thanks again, Garnetts, for the chance to help capture part of your family – fluffy members included! And many thanks to all the fabulous behind-the-scene helpers (Morgan, Eric, Sang Mark) who made the day a success. I just hope everyone had as much fun as I did! 😉