We met on an unusually warm day at the beach in Chesterton. I had expected a rather empty beach, but instead found that many were out and about enjoying the sweet sunshine and mild air. Jill, a senior at LaCrosse, has to have one of the pretties smiles I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Right off the bat I could tell she’s one of those happy-go-lucky girls. A delight to work with! The subtle colors of sunset appeared over the glasslike water, and set the mood for the session. It was a day to rejoice in one last hurrah before winters blanket decended. I think that’s one good reason to spin about, don’t you?
Avant Gardens was the perfect spring location for this family session. The tall grasses from last summer were soft and golden among all the fresh green coming in. It provided a perfect backdrop for a bit of fun with the family. The children were all so sweet and I loved seeing how they interacted with one another. Having older brothers myself, I was happy to see how affectionate the boys were to their little sister.
Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-
Both different blues. And hills row after row
Are colored blue according to how for.
You know the bluejay’s double-blur device
Shows best when there are no green leaves to show.
And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.
~ Blue Winter by Robert Francis
I can’t but help welcome a trip to the beach, even in January. The days that most people prefer not to go are my favorite – as there’s not a soul on the shore and I’ve got all the beauty to myself. Here are some images from my trip.
This Little One’s Session took place at Centennial Park in Plymouth, Indiana. Little Miss Charlotte showed up with sweet smiles and was full of curiosity. It’s always fun to see how a little one reacts to a little setting made just for them. Charlotte arranged the pumpkins several times and read storybooks upside down. It really must be the funniest story when it’s read upside down. The whole day had a bit of a Winnie the Pooh feel to it. I love how she held her little hands in the first image. After our mini set on the lawn, we went on an adventure and explored Greenway Trail. We found little green nooks in the forest, open fields, and areas of field grass with goldenrod. We ended the session in a tree, which you’ll see isn’t quite like Pooh Bears, but it still made for a perfect place to pretend.
Coming up this weekend is a post on a Little One’s Session I photographed at Springhope Farm. It’s located just outside of Galien Michigan. I felt the need to blog about the location first because of how lovely it was! We bought apples from Springhope Farm a couple years ago, but I didn’t remember how stunning that farm is. Not only are there gigantic apples, but equally gigantic peaches, and the scenery is just wonderful. To top it off, there are an amazing amount of flowers. The dahlia’s especially caught my attention, as I have been enthralled with them on pinterest. This is one place you must visit this fall. I recommend going and picking on a nice fall day so you can soak in the beauty of the place, and the wonderful scents that drift around the orchard. Check out their facebook page for details about picking seasons, and be sure to like them!
After some time debating on whether to photograph among apple or peach trees, I decided on a peach row, the sugar giant variety to be exact. The limbs were hanging heavy with so many juicy peaches, and their color was perfect for the color scheme. A big thanks to Bob and Caren Woods for allowing me to photograph on their property. Don’t forget to check back this weekend for the Little One’s Session I photographed there!