The greatest gift I’ve received as a photographer is the ability to travel around the world to photograph fascinating people. This particular family, photographed outside of the Gig Harbor area of Tacoma, Washington, have been known by me for over six years. It was both a pleasure and and honor to come photograph them in such a beautiful location.
Our luck would have it that although it was a park next to the kids’ school, it would also rain nearly the whole day. Such is the weather in the Seattle/Tacoma area, however, and the children were great sports despite soggy logs and wet shoes!
Metering, composition, ASA, Aperature, Shutter Speed, focus, composition, connection…. no matter how much there is to learn to make good professional portraiture, it really all does come down to the light. If you find the right light, everything else is academic and the result can be pure magic.
This was one of the easiest sessions to photograph. When a couple is this in love, you can see it in every move and gesture that they make. I admit I am so drawn to romance and a sweet blossoming relationship.
For the shoot, I wanted to make the most use I could of a gorgeous 1920s era farmstead in the Pacific Northwest USA. We had the use of an old barn, run down hot house, and beautifully landscaped grounds. It had rained the previous days and the residual moisture left the colors rich and vibrant for the day’s shoot.
When doing a portrait session of a couple, I want the story to be about their relationship and not about two people in a photograph. And these two were great about showing just how much they care about the other. I couldn’t ask for better than to tell the tale of their romance through the frame of my lenses, one image at a time.