In our life we make friends.
And like with any good friendship, bonds are created, memories are shared. I’ve been blessed to know the family of Garry & Mika Smith for many years now, it’s a caring, tight knit family. They truly care about each other, sacrificing and giving.
Their son Chas Smith is a young man that I have really enjoyed getting to know. He is a really good person in the world, a creative, gentle spirit.
Recently, Chas contacted me to help him with a special moment in his life. He asked me to do their, Chas & Shonnie's pregnancy shoot. The images were to be a surprise for the family.
Chas had put a lot of thought in this, he had already picked out a beautiful outdoor area, a nearby pasture with the most poetic tree. Chas and I scouted out the area the day before during the time of day that the shoot would take place. The golden hour shone a perfect amount of warm sunlight through the leaves of the tree and cast a beautiful amount of open shade for our photo shoot.
The very next day we loaded up props of big poppy flowers, a nice sized Kilim rug, pillows of teal and ruby red and headed to our soft pasture grass with the poetic tree and golden hour light.
As we arrive we see a lot of cows, everywhere! They were lovely cows, don’t get me wrong. There was even the champagne colored, very handsome bull laying off in the distance. A baby bull was a little more active, jumping around at the sight of us.
We unloaded the props and equipment, and quickly realized that there were a lot of cows resting in our perfect, open shade of the poetic tree. Now, for those of you that have never been around cows, they have a tendency to poop. Cow Patties the size of a dinner plate at every step!
And so it is for the Photographer, you never know how an outdoor shoot is going to take place, so many unknown variables, but thankfully, I am a seasoned professional and am used to side stepping a lot of SH*T!
We managed to slowly, thoughtfully step around the poop and find a clear, small area of open shade, position the poetic tree nicely in the background and capture some sweet memories.
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