I could have sworn I posted these portraits last winter. I have memories of writing whitty banter about the snow and cold temperatures. But I can’t find the post and have to admit to myself that somehow I missed getting these up on the blog last winter. I feel horribly about that because I absolutely loved doing these senior portraits and loved the final images. We really got some beautiful stuff and because it was a winter session, the images were different from much of my more “normal” spring/summer/fall portrait work.
So a little back story. I was contacted by Audrey, the mother of this senior girl, last December about doing outdoor senior portraits of her daughter. This was December of 2013. For those of you who might have forgotten (since we had such a balmy December this year), it was COLD in December of 2013. Like single digits and teens cold. I initially thought, “Has she been outside lately? Does this mom get me mixed up with the Kim Johnson Photography in Arizona?” Yes, there is a Kim Johnson Photography in Arizona and yes I have had clients from Arizona thinking that they are contacting the Arizona Kim Johnson Photography! Once we established that her daughter is in Illinois, and did, in fact, love winter and snow, we started planning. Like I said, it was pretty cold last winter and we had a lot of snow, so when we met to do our planning session about a week before her portraits, there was probably 12 inches of snow on the ground, minimum. Of course, early the week of her photographer session, it warmed up for a couple of days and rained (I know, you don’t believe me. I hardly believ myself. It was probably the two days from Thanksgiving through the end of February last winter when it got above freezing). The snow started melting and I started getting nervous. Since we had over 12 inches, we ended up being fine. In fact by the day of the session, the temperatures had dropped down below freezing again (I think it was 17 degrees!) and in the middle of Sarah’s session it started to snow. The light snow was a PERFECT addition to her portrait session! The cold was a little challenging. We played it safe and did the session at Northside Park, where we were able to have plenty of woodsy and rustic landscape but still be very close to our cars. We go out for 15 or 20 minutes and then take a quick break back in the cars to warm up.
This was Sarah and her mother’s favorite from the session. This is hanging as a 24″ canvas in their home. As you can see, a lot of snow had melted, but we still had plenty of snow around. I actually think it worked in our favor — the extra green of the grass, along with the brown oak leaves, added some beautiful additional interest in the foreground.
Vertical (“Portrait”) orientated pieces work nicely to accent a smaller wall, like this one just outside of this Kitchen.
Sarah ended up with many of her favorites in an album:
Once again, sorry Sarah and Audrey that these images didn’t get up on the blog sooner! Thankfully I know you’ve been enjoying your wall artwork and album since late last winter!