This week on the blog I'm talking about the Arend family. I met Melissa back in December through a mutual friend of ours. I did a Christmas mini session for kids Dylan & Paige, and Melissa and I talked for 20 minutes afterwards! It turns out Melissa was into photography a bit herself and so she found herself mostly taking her family's portraits. Her and her husband, Geoff, had been talking for months about getting some new family photos done and so they were on the hunt for a local Tulare photographer. I quickly volunteered my services.
We started the session just before 4:00 pm and before the sun was going to set. They asked me at the last minute if they could bring their dog Dave (because let's face it guys our pets are family too!) and of course you know I was up for it. The funniest thing about Dave and this session is how most of the time he was looking at doing his own thing but all of my favorite shots (except 1) this dog was on point! Thank you Dave!
It was so chilly this day and the kids were such troopers to lose their jackets for the full hour. This family had the best sense of humor and are such sincere people that it was such a privilege to be the person to provide them with an updated family portrait. Paige loved to take pictures and even had her own ideas for poses which I thought made the session more fun for everyone. Dylan is such a typical boy- he was more interested in the people riding ATVs in the ditch next to us but the second it's time to smile this kid knows how to work the camera.
When we were getting ready to call the shoot the sun was in such a good place I thought it would be fun to try to get a family silhouette shot. My husband actually came with me to this shoot but since it was cold he was in the car. I didn't know it at the time but he was actually taking pictures of me laying in the mud while I was taking this picture! Ha! Let me just say that as a photographer we will do whatever it takes to get a good shot! My only wish was that there wasn't the trees behind them but I couldn't move them over at all or the sun would of been showing and for this to work the sun had to be directly behind them. I love it anyways & I hope you do too! Would love to hear from you guys.
Until next time,
I had to move up their photoshoot up that day because it was something like a 60% chance of rain. Luckily we made it through the session rain-free and just as I said "I think we got it guys" We felt the rain drops start to sprinkle.
When we got started I asked Samantha and Jordan if they were taking pictures for anything in particular. Samantha told me that it was just time! That they have never had any photos done together before and that it was long overdue. I was intrigued and so I had to get their story. (And it's a good one guys!)
I absolutely adore this story and I feel very lucky they chose me as their photographer. Samantha moved a couple of months ago from Paso Robles to Visalia, in her own words, "to start her journey with Jordan." I love this statement because it shows the devotion that she has for Jordan and paints the picture that she is the type of person who is willing to sacrifice for the people she loves.
When I asked how these two met Jordan instantly starts laughing. They share that they actually had met several years prior (8 to be exact!) at the Mid State Fair through some mutual friends. The best part of the story is the light and playful way that Jordan describes how he "chased her" for those 8 years. Their serendipity-filled romance definitely made this shoot fun. After hearing all this I definitely agreed with Samantha that it was just time!
Not that you would ever guess it from looking at these pictures- but Jordan hated the idea of taking pictures! Pretty sure he teased her with the "you're lucky I love you" line a time or two- to which Samantha said "I know" (Such playful banter back and forth). Just a few of my favorites below.
The setting was perfect, it was green and simple and it played the appropriate backdrop for that extraordinary kind of love that we often find right in the middle of everyday life.
Hope you enjoyed & until next time,