When I arrived at Sequiota Park for the VanZant's photo session, the sky was angrily spitting pellets of ice. My assistant and I looked at one another and wondered if this shoot was still going to happen. We all got out of our respective vehicles, bracing ourselves in the cold air. This family had been waiting a long time for this shoot, and I was disappointed that the weather wasn't cooperating.
After greeting the VanZants, I honestly asked them, "Do you guys still want to do this? It's not pretty - but I didn't want to call it off unless you did." I had scheduled the following weekend shoot-free to get caught up on editing, so I offered up the next Saturday if they didn't want to endure the cold weather.
But they were troupers! Miss Maylee, their adorable daughter, was bundled to the brim, hats and scarves were in plenty, and I was game if they were. And truly - the last bit of fall foliage was shown off to full advantage by the grey skies. (That's a pro tip - color saturation is optimum under an overcast sky.) So, armed with the beautiful even light, our camera gear, and a can-do spirit, we were off.
The key was to keep moving! We ran Maylee all over that park, and the results were my favorite family lifestyle session to date. I forgot all about the cold, and even the ice stopped within just a few minutes. One of my most admired photography mentors, Ben Sasso, says to never call off a shoot because of weather unless you absolutely have to. I learned with this session that you just might be missing out if you do.
Sometimes the unexpected things are the best things.