People tend to panic when the sky starts dumping rain on the day of a shoot. I personally love the rain, but it is one of the more challenging parts of being a photographer in the Northwest. Even if I can convince a client to head out into the downpour, it's pretty difficult to hold an umbrella and take pictures at the same time. I need an assistant, clearly.
On this day, I didn't mind the rain one bit. I was delighted that the family didn't want to reschedule. We'd had plans to go out and take pictures, but ended up staying in instead so no one would get soaked. I've actually been wanting to do a cozy family shoot at home for a long time, and I finally got my chance! Thank you, Washington.
I've been shooting this family for more than three years now, and they are truly some of my favorite subjects. One of the most challenging, and also most important aspects of this job is getting people to relax in front of the camera. But there are some who just do this without even thinking. They play with each other, make jokes, and just behave naturally without worrying too much about how they look or what I'm doing. It makes my job easier, and I think the results are incredibly special.