It has always been a dream of mine to do sessions that have a story to them.
The term “story” tends to get kicked around a lot these days by photographers, and rightly so, since wedding and family photos really can be about telling the story of a wedding day, or the bond a family has.
This just might be me with my head in the clouds (where it belongs as far as I’m concerned), but when I say that I dream of telling a story, sometimes I literally want to tell a story of fiction, with every photo being a “panel” from a comic book or still-frame from a romantic comedy, and the characters are you and your loved ones. A story with a moral or a theme — maybe one that is important to you. Or something that’ll just make everyone laugh!
So when Tara and Al contacted me about doing a family session, and I found out that Al is an avid hunter and he wanted a few photos to feature his self-made bows, my brain went into overdrive coming up with the context of why a family would need to carry a bow and a quiver of arrows in the first place.
My immediate conclusion was that the world had been turned upside down and that Al, Tara and their daughter Anna had to brave the wilds of the wasteland. YES.
Oh. But I also felt it most important to get the more “standard” family photos, and to get them well. Our location, at about 6,000 ft on Saddle Road, made for a great atmosphere.
And of course, big thanks to Tara, Al and Anna for an amazing session!