What can I say; from the looks of these last posts it probably looks like I shoot at Duke Gardens a lot. Well, very true statement. Really it is a HUGE arboretum in the middle of Durham. It is very pretty and I don’t have to maintain it which makes it even more of a bonus in my book. It is an investment that I make for my clients in that I purchase and annual pass to shoot there and then I don’t pass that cost on to my clients. It is a very popular place and another good thing about it – I seriously can and have shot 3 sessions there in a day and they all look completely different.
That is acutally a goal of mine and a challenge that I put to myself each time I shoot at a place that I have shot at before – make it look different. Go to a different place you haven’t been to in a long time or go to place you have gone to recently and look at it differently. Really – it makes the sessions more interesting than they already are and with kids involved, well, sometimes I have to get really creative at what is going to make them laugh and smile.
As is that case with this session. My Duke Gardens family photography session with the Moyse family was I think my 4th or 5th time to Duke Gardens in a few days and definately the 5th in a row where I had shot no where else but a wedding in between I think. It was a fall weekend evening and it was PACKED. I think I even ran into a few of my fellow photographer friends at this session. I mean it is such a popular place.
We headed down toward the Red Bridge (seriously we came up with the name first; that bridge was white when we picked our name) and there was easily 15 people on or walking over the bridge.
I headed up the hill away from the Red Bridge and found a cute spot I had actually never used before. The lighting is typically hit or miss so I think that was why I have avoided it but at this moment in time – it was PERFECT and it was empty!
We found a cute little rock for little to perch on and of course some pictures with mom and dad. We started walking down a path and for a brief fleeting moment we were able to get no one in the back of the frame. Then little went for a walk on the path and putting my prayers up to PLEASE send no people down this path for a few minutes – we got some of my favorites from the day!
Walking toward the teered garden I saw this perfect little bluff of trees and the light was amazing and thankfully, little man was still happy as can be. These are definately the ones that I think were the portraits from the session to make the Moyse family Christmas card. Little one was so into the camera and his connection was perfect. Even though he didn’t smile a lot – the stare he had. GAH!
We did wander over to the teered garden which is my absolute favorite place in Duke Gardens but little one fell down and he had been walking a lot so we got a few good ones and then well – we enjoyed some time not taking pictures in the gardens and just visiting with each other taking the place in.
Really – I LOVED this session. Maybe it’s not perfect but when I can get a little one to not loose connection with me and the camera and not full on melt down and the LIGHT was amazing this evening – I call it a success!
Enjoy some pictures of my time with the Moyse family at Duke Gardens and I REALLY hope to see you guys again in 2015!