It happens like clockwork (quite literally) every year: we set our clocks back, and outdoor family sessions dry up. I certainly can’t blame anyone- the weather gets colder and nastier, there are fewer hours of daylight available, and everyone gets busy with holiday preparations. Still, it’s always a little sad to me to think about how long it might be before I get to be outside creating gorgeous family portraits again. Luckily this year, I got a big treat- a beautiful (and even a little warm!) outdoor family session in late December!
Jen and her family wanted to get in some family portraits to ring in the New Year, and this year the weather cooperated in a big way. On the day of her shoot the sun was shining and the temperature hung out in the pleasantly crisp high 40s - not bad at all for nearly-January! We met at Tinker Park Nature Preserve, which offered so much variety for a laid-back family portrait session: winding paths, peaceful woods, fragrant pines and grassy fields.
Jen’s little boy had a great time exploring all the Nature Preserve had to offer, and she and her husband were so fun and willing to try all of my suggestions- even when they involved wading into a somewhat-mucky field. A little bit of mud was so worth it though! The photos we captured in this field were some of my favorites, and Jen’s too- they ended up with a canvas of one of the family shots. I love knowing that years from now Jen and her family will be able to look up at their canvas and remember that beautiful winter morning in the field.