The original plan was to photograph in Big Cottonwood Canyon on a Saturday afternoon. It was the only opportunity this family had to get together. Well, Mother Nature wasn’t going to cooperate. And with a baby it probably isn’t a good idea to photograph in the rain… even when there are autumn leaves on the trees.
We weren’t able to change the date to a different day so the solution was to pick a different location. There is a studio in Draper that I can use, however, there is also the Utah State Capitol. We picked the latter. The Utah State Capitol has been photographed a LOT. It is a popular location for bridals, weddings, events, and family photos. I’ve photographed there a number of times. Ryan, the father/grandfather, wanted some different photos. Everyone photographs on the grand marble staircase. He found the basement had some unique features and so we shot down there. At the very end we did go outside and get a few photographs of Drew and Ryan with their two grandkids.
Photographing children can be a challenge. Babies may not know where to look and sometimes kids can be a bit clingy to their parents. If I can get them looking in the right direction and with anything that looks like a smile then SUCCESS! And if you can get mom to look amazing… then you have amazing photographs.
We photographed the whole group and then broke down to the smaller family units and some individual photos. We also photographed mom with the kids and dad with the kids. With a little patience the boy in the family was warming up to the idea of a photographer and the best moments were his interaction with his parents and his young sister.
Kids have a short attention span and run out of patience quickly. So the faster I am the better.