The Coberly’s were in town to visit family for the week of July 4th and wanted to have their family portraits done while they were here. We had a lot of rain that week, but we were able to fit this session into a beautiful morning! (Yes, morning!)
When scheduling a family session, there are two things to keep in mind: 1. The sun’s position (I usually aim to start a session about 2 hours before the sun sets) and 2. When the children are the best mood. In July, the peek of summer, the sun doesn’t set till about 10 pm here in Michigan. Most little ones cannot stay up (and happy) that late into the evening — but the summer afternoon/early evening sun is too harsh to capture that magical light that is so important in creating beautiful pictures. This can create a bit of a predicament. Unless…. you’re willing to get up early in the morning. In my 9+ years as a working photographer, I can’t remember a single family who has been willing to get up and ready early enough for a morning session — until now! The Coberly’s have an 18 month old little girl who they knew would be much more agreeable in the early morning hours than in the evening, so we all got up bright and early for this session. We got started at about 7:30 am and, though the sun had been up for an hour already, the light was still lovely. If anyone else is interested in doing an early morning (or even sunrise) session, I’m totally game!