A few weeks ago, I got a Facebook message from the wife of our church's youth minister. She had an idea for a Christmas photo of her kids and wanted to know if I thought I could make it happen. Once I heard the idea, I was all-in. She had the bed, she just didn't have the location. After a quick call, I secured a location, and the shoot was on.
We'd had a bit of winter weather that weekend, which left a nice thin blanket of what looked like snow on the ground (in actuality, it was ice). It wasn't as cold as it looks, but it certainly wasn't warm. The challenge, obviously, was to keep the kids warm (and happy) while we made photographs.
We tried to keep the kids in the car while we set up the bed, and got the light and exposure where I needed it to be photographically. Once I had everything dialed in, we
released the hounds brought out the kids.
That worked pretty well at keeping them warm enough for a quick shoot. The part about keeping them happy was handled by their Mom, who I swear had Hermione's purse. Every time the kids lost interest, she'd withdraw another delectable delight for their amusement. I was amazed at how many goodies she was carrying.
According to the metadata, we shot the images with the bed in exactly 11 minutes. Here are a few of my favorites:
After we got these images, the kids were ushered back to the car for a quick warm-up and change of clothes so we could do a family portrait. Here's the best of the bunch:
It was a quick shoot (we were out a little less than an hour), but it was an absolute blast! The family is beautiful, inside an out. Well, Mom and the kids are beautiful. Dad? Let's just say he's got a great personality. ;-) I'm kidding! They're a fantastic family, and Brady is as fine a youth minister as I've ever known with a great heart and a gift for working with teenagers. It was an honor to be able to make these images for them.