How To Make A Portrait Session {Day} Happen With Your Own Kids

        I shared some of the images from our Fall portraits HERE and HERE and those are really all I had set out to capture.  It was more than enough.  🙂  After we finished a few in town, we moved on to run our errands and get our oil changed in a nearby town.  Since the boys finished their school work while we waited and ate the lunch I’d packed we weren’t in a rush to get home so we headed to a park that we discovered last year and LOVE.

        I figured I’d photograph them while they played.  But then I saw the trees and the leaves and the light and the unique surroundings and squeaked in some more portraits.  SO not necessary, but they were cooperative and I was {sort of} fast and they got to play A LOT in between.  That was the key to our day.   The first part of the portraits went super fast but then to stretch it out through the day we played A LOT.  They played, I scouted out a spot to shoot in and then would ask one of the boys to join me for just a minute.   We had the whole place to ourselves and it ended up being a fantastic day.   🙂

        And as I photographed them playing, it was confirmed for me how much I LOVE lifestyle photography.  Portraits are something I feel like I ought to do every year to clearly document my boys’ growth and current appearance, but lifestyle is what I get to do.  And I’m so grateful for that.

        This shot, cracks.me.up.  Go-big or go-home I suppose!

        After the leaves settled they started racing on these tree chunks.  We made it into a challenge and I timed each of their runs.  Over and over again.   😉

        Cooper was the winner with the fastest time and he was surprisingly agile as he leaped from chunk to chunk and back again.  😀

        The sun started to set and the temperature began to drop, and I realized we’d been playing for hours.  It was almost time for Matt to be getting off of work and we just happened to be right near where he’d be driving by on his way to the class he attends 2 nights a week.   So we met up with him… but not before Kaden found his friend Fury, who ended up coming home with us in a to-go coffee cup.  His reward for being such a cooperative model for me all day long.  😉

        And with that, more portraits to come tomorrow.  🙂

        Thank you for being here!  ♥

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        • Mom - Cooper cracks me up!! What a fun park 🙂 I’d love to go there with you and the boys sometime. I’ll have to remember to tell Tado that when I was a little girl, I would make homes in our mailbox for caterpillars just like Fury. I’m not sure what the mailman thought about the “furniture” set up with lots of grass for food!
          XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

        • Angela Watts - Where is this amazing park?? That gigantic slide looks amazing!!ReplyCancel

          • Lacey - Hi Angela! It is in Wilsonville! It is a really fun, not your typical, park. 🙂ReplyCancel

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