Shane and Kate hadn't had family photos for some time and their boys Mitchell, Benjamin and Jarrod (youngest to oldest), had grown considerably. So they asked me to photograph some fresh, updated family photos to add to the older ones hanging on their walls.
Sirromet Winery in Carbrook is a beautiful location for photos, though most would know this location as one for weddings. But for Shane and Kate, who had always wanted some photos at Sirromets, and in particular, the Barrell Room, it was the perfect location for their updated family photos.
The only thing which probably didn't materialise were the vines in the vineyard. I'm sure they, as did I, had romantic visions of a vineyard filled with beautiful, green, vines twisted around the those long wired trellises and dangling big bunches of grapes. But that was not to be. However, the family could still enjoy the beauty and tranquility, and stroll along the vineyard. And of course, the boys could still run!
Due to our limited time within the ballroom and winery, and some technical difficulties with one of my flashes, I must admit I was a little concerned about fitting in all the images we had talked about between the Barrell Room and the vineyard. But the family just went with the flow and the carefree, easygoing attitude of Shane and Kate and the family's willingness to enjoy the experience made it so much easier for me.
I've often had to remind myself and know from experience that photo shoots always go so much more smoothly and are more enjoyable for everyone if you keep things simple. Choose a few key photos or scenarios that you would like, but don't plan anything too much beyond that. The best images come when you have the time to let people relax (as well as the photographer) and just enjoy the moment, and allow those photographic moments to flow naturally.
Just as in the three photos in the series below, that was one time I definitely had to go with the flow. Unbeknownst to me, the family decided to throw in a curveball of their own when they all ran toward me at full speed. It was a job to click the shutter fast enough to catch them! But it's times like these that I really enjoy when clients decide to thrown in a few 'unexpected surprises'. It shows how much they're getting into the spirit of the experience and the Egeskovs are a family that like to have a little fun and goof off together.
And you know, at the end of the day when it comes to family photos, the most important shot of the day...that photo that you want hanging up on the wall, is usually the one of all of you together that defines who you are as a family. The rest is just cream on the top!