Winter photo shoots are unpredictable here in Northern Wisconsin. There is no telling what kind of weather might show up for a session date. Fortunately, my recent engagement session with Nick and Brittany was one of the lucky days. It was about 28 degrees when we met up at 7:30 on a Saturday morning. Practically balmy for January up here. We were even blessed with a soft snow which just added to the day. Fantastic!
This was my first session at Interstate Park. It did not disappoint. After driving through the park (with me driving behind, randomly slowing down while making mental notes of sites as we drove), we decided to start by the river. It was open in the middle, but frozen along the sides. We bumped into some guys headed out to ice fish, so decided it was frozen enough to head out. Nick is no stranger to ice fishing, so I trusted his judgement as well. After walking around a bend, we found a great spot by the rocks, away from the eyes of the fisherman, to start our session.
We had some great fun out on the ice, despite the ice making noises that made me very uncomfortable. And me almost slipping a few times. I told Nick and Brittany that if I went through, I would be throwing my camera bag first. Save the equipment! But risking our lives was worth it, because it resulted in some wonderful images.
So, it was time to warm up in the cars for a few minutes, and move on to our next location. I had an idea on where I wanted to go next, but my plans were derailed when we drove through this incredible grove of trees. I had to pull over, which thankfully my couple noticed, as I was behind them. This impromptu session yielded some of my favorite pics, as the snow started falling just a bit more. It was magical!
Next we moved on to a little open wooded area that was just off the road. We found a log, threw down the blanket, and had a little fun with some "sexy cereal". They know what I mean....
And finally, we ended the day at a little park area, getting a few more "mom" shots and one more walking series. With Brittany unable to feel her toes, and my fingers tingling, it was time to call it a day. We trekked back to the cars and headed home, after waiting for the deer which did not seem phased with us passing by (and not in a great hurry to leave the road). I can't wait for the big day for you both!
So, relaunching my business, and my brand, has made me think about what my style is. Who I want to be as an artist. I have been working through some fantastic classes online, and I feel like I have found what I was searching for....lifestyle photography.
So often, I feel a photographer is pressured to make images that are perfect. Perfect smiles, perfect hair, perfect focus. Perfect. Well, life isn't perfect. And those perfect pictures are just that, pictures. They don't evoke a feeling. I want my art to mean something, to me, to the client, to the viewer. I don't want to be afraid to make messy art. Shoot wide open, fill the frame. Lifestyle photography is just that, life. Not every shot has someone looking at the camera, but you look at it and feel something.
In the picture above, I can feel how much this momma loves her little one. She is just breathing him in, and he is so content to just be there on her chest. I look at this and feel love.
Or, the picture below. Not everyone is wanting to be in this moment. And that's ok. It's life! You can look at this, as a parent, and completely relate. And that is what I am after.
I am so excited to get back into photography! I had to make a tough decision to step away for a few years because I just didn't have the time to balance my job, my family and my passion. But 2019 started with a new career opportunity, which has allowed me more flexibility in my scheduling (weekends specifically). And I am ready!
Since I was relaunching my part-time business, I thought it would be a great time to update my branding and website. I added a gorgeous new signature logo (shout out to Photologo!), which I am busy adding to my images to share with you all. And I am working through each page of my website, cleaning it up to be easier to navigate and view my work. So keep checking back to see how things are going!
And...I will be hosting some family mini sessions soon, to take advantage of the gorgeous fall colors. Be sure to watch for more information on these! They will be on location at Hunt Hill, north of Rice Lake. A gorgeous location, full of woods, water and prairie. What more could you ask for to capture some beautiful memories? So stay tuned....
Elizabeth Ann Photography