I will be the first to admit that this post goes a *leeeetle overboard* on the pictures! We actually did this session in two separate installments, as we lost light a lot faster than anticipated the first night, and our little two year old wasn’t digging the whole portrait session for the most part. However, I was VERY happy we decided to give it another try, because we ended up with a ton of beautiful photos!
We started out the night downtown Santa Fe, where I knew of some really pretty places for portraits; what I hadn’t counted on was how BUSY those pretty places would be on a Friday night! :) We had lots of walk-throughs, even more walk-arounds, and several times we had to wait for a little opening to just quick get her set up and take a few quick ones!
I thought a basket of red and green apples would make a super cute prop, tying in with the colors in her dress and everything; and I think it did make a cute prop, but I didn’t realize her mouth would be full of apple the entire time! ;)
She did love being “in charge of” the basket though. :)
Sending some love daddy’s way :)
Downtown Santa Fe is full of little pops of color in unexpected places, like a bright blue door here, or a turquoise (or brilliant green, or deep red) bench there…
I’m telling you, the apples were both a blessing and a curse…. ;)
Anyway, we tried again a couple nights later, in a different (much less crowded) location, and everything went much more smoothly and quickly. Different night, different hair, different outfit, different location… It made all the difference! :)
I just loved this poofy white tutu! She had a lot of fun wearing it, and it was a nice switch from the feel of her other outfit. (And who doesn’t love twin french braids on a little girl?!) :)
She was full of cute faces and games, MORE than willing to smile for the camera. :) (Maybe because there were no apples nearby, tempting her??)
I just loved that squishy peekaboo face!! :)
One of my biggest “problems” or issues to deal with regarding photography since moving to Santa Fe, has been the radical change of scenery from what I was used to. I could take any grassy field, or thickly wooded area, or white beach, and use it for a great portrait location. But when we moved out here, the overall brown landscape and dry scenes were just not sparking my imagination. I really like the second part of this session because we used a simple dry riverbed near sunset to contrast with her “girly girl” outfit. It was a setting I would not have imagined liking so much, but I thought it worked really well.
Learning to find inspiration where I am has taken longer than I might have wished; but one thing that has never disappointed is our gorgeous Santa Fe sky! Looking forward to lots more beautiful backdrops like this one in sessions to come! :)