Fake Fall Family Portraits

I'll tell you, the weather really can mess with us.

Sometimes it's bad - like rain on your wedding day (thank you, Alanis) or snow in the spring (no thank you).

On the flip side, sometimes it can actually work to our advantage - like when there's NO snow in December. 

I met this lovely family - TWENTY-ONE strong! - in December. There should have been snow on the ground and a sharp windchill in the air. Instead, we had what I'm calling Fake Fall. 

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Not only was it warm enough to be outside, this Fake Fall day was warm enough to be outside with NO COATS! In December! Lucky us!

So what if the weather didn't cooperate? Here are three options I offer my clients:

  1. GRIN AND BEAR IT. If it's super-windy, cold and freezing rain, this is clearly NOT an option. But cloudy and cool? No problem! 
  2. GO INSIDE While this one seems simple, it's not always a favorite choice if you've had your heart set on photos outside. I get it, but the change in scenery sometimes works out better than you'd think! Plus, depending on the size of your group, this may be a WAY EASIER choice than finding another date that works for everyone. We can use your home, my studio or another venue with permission.
  3. RESCHEDULE. While I try not to reschedule unless ABSOLUTELY necessary, sometimes it just is. 

Back to this great family.

Their fearless leader, Laura, told me ahead of time that her family can be loud and fun. I know she meant it as a warning, but all I could think is, "well, these must be my people." Yup. We were loud, we had fun and I could DEFINITELY tell they are a close-knit family. The love was absolutely palpable.

(Plus, there were dogs!)

Sometimes you just need to have fun. Sisterly love at its finest...

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Thank you Belsky family for a wonderful Saturday afternoon in December and inviting me into your little corner of the world. It was truly a pleasure to get to know you all! xo


Do you have a family reunion or a holiday gathering planned for this summer? I would love to work with your family - large or small - to coordinate family portraits. Let's talk!