I love to photograph families at their homes. And it doesn't hurt when their backyard looks like this either. While we had set aside plenty of time to capture this multi-generational family gathering and all the various groupings it entailed—engaged couple, newly minted toddler, parents and so on—the weather had another ideas. There is a reason the backlighting was spectacular and the colors were brilliant; an enormous, black thunderstorm was building directly behind me doing crazy things to the light. In fact, the light was changing so continuously that I had to adjust the settings on my camera between just about every shot. The pressure was on, and we all sighed with relief when we finished the session with all the groupings we'd set out for and without a drop of rain. And then the moment I got in the car and turned on the engine, a torrential downpour let loose and lasted the entire evening. I couldn't believe our luck.
Making a family feel comfortable in front of the lens is one of the biggest challenges for a portrait photographer. These lovely sisters were a bit shy at the beginning of their session. And then I asked if, perhaps, they liked to jump or run or twirl? The answer was a resounding yes. Suddenly they were very much in their own element, and I was just along for the ride. What fun.
(I didn't want to spoil any holiday cards, so I'm finally getting around to posting some fall sessions.)
I'm Julia Soplop. I've spent my life documenting the world around me in writing and photography. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.