I got a phone call when I was just two or three minutes from the park. I could hear the disappointment in Brittany's voice. My clients had already arrived at our location, and they were calling me in dismay. It seems that there was an outdoor concert getting ready to start at the park that they had chosen to hold their family photo session... and there were crowds of people forming already. I said a quick prayer and then headed on over, hoping that we could beat the crowds. My clients had a brick engraved with their family's names on it, placed down by the riverwalk. They took their little girl to this park often, and it was very special to them. And if you know me, I love to incorporate familiar and meaningful places into my family photo sessions, and I certainly didn't want to disappoint them by having to move to another park instead. I was hopeful. So I pulled out my trusty 85mm lens, and we stayed toward the edges of the crowds. Thankfully, the concert-goers were all gathering in the sunniest spots on the lawn, which I wanted to avoid anyway. I assured Jack and Brittany that all would be well, that we could stay after all, and we began shooting.
I am excited to share these images with you, not only because I adore this family (this is my fourth session with them), but because I'm excited to show them the results of our session amidst a crowd of a hundred plus people, in the middle of downtown Tampa.
What hundred extra people, you say?! Right. It's all about working with what you have, and I'd say we got dealt a beautiful hand, packed concert and all! Thanks so much, Jack, Brittany and Lena, for a lovely night at the park! I truly enjoyed every minute of it (well, except the lovebugs!), and I hope you did too. xo