I had a vision. In my mind’s eye, I saw a beautiful woodland princess…wandering in an enchanted forest. I saw warm light falling through bare branches and illuminating this princess in a golden aura of wonderment.
Then, it snowed.
And a new vision was born and it was even more enchanting.
This isn’t the first time the snow has thwarted a magical and mystical scene I had imagined. It seems as though winter, as much as I try to escape it, is always trying to woo me. Like a persistent would be suitor. Charming, unexpected, and a little dangerous.
My princess arrived full of excitement and wonder. Just as I had pictured. She was absolutely amazing. It was so incredibly cold to me, but aside from the flush of her rosy cheeks, she didn’t seem to be phased at all by the brisk air. She frolicked and twirled and tossed snow in the air as though it was fine glitter raining back down on her. And that’s when the true story came alive. A sweet child discovering the magic in the woods around her.
Back before Thanksgiving, I made a trip back home to Arkansas. While I was there, I took the opportunity to photograph some of my friends. This family is the sister, et al, of one of my dearest friends. She also had her third baby recently and was so excited to have photos done of their new family of five.
Due to scheduling conflicts, weather, and illnesses, we didn’t get together until right before I was leaving to return to New Jersey. Unfortunately, this meant…weeknight. The dad didn’t get off work until 4:30 and it’s about a half hour to the tree farm from his house, so we were pretty much looking at shooting in the dark. But, not to fear, we forged ahead armed with a speedlight and high ISO settings and made beautiful memories for this beautiful family.
I absolutely love the amazing color and texture that the christmas trees add to these images. Late fall/early winter can feel so drab and lifeless, but this was really a magical spot. We can’t thank Motley’s Tree Farm enough for allowing us to do this quick dusk session as not only were they not even open for the season, but they were getting ready to head home! So, special shout out and thanks to them. If you live in the Central Arkansas area, be sure to check them out for their Christmas trees this year, and check out their pumpkin patch! We used to get our trees and pumpkins from them when we lived in Arkansas and they have an amazing selection!
I met this sweet mama through one of my mom groups about a year ago. She was selling my unicorn Tula and I was bound and determined to make it mine. We met up in the Target parking lot and immediately hit it off. She was so sweet and funny! Fast forward to the fall, we finally got her amazing family in front of the camera!
She chose Jacobsburg Park in Easton as the backdrop for her fall family photos and I fell IN LOVE. This is an amazing location! There are pathways, creeks, old historical structures. A photographer’s paradise, for sure. We crossed over the bridge and in an instant, we were transported from a parking lot into a colorful forest.
We strolled along the path admiring the scenery and chit chatting until we came upon the best little wading hole. I can’t wait to come back here in the summer when the weather is warmer.
As much as I loved this place, it is pretty special to them too. They were so excited to show me the way to the water and that’s obviously their favorite spot. They were being so cautious not to get their adorable outfits wet and muddy, but I could tell they wanted nothing more than to splash around and have a ball.