Bluebonnet photos are BIG here in Texas.
It doesn’t matter if you are a wedding photographer, newborn photographer, food photographer, or just a guy with an iPhone… you WILL end up taking bluebonnet photos of someone or have them taken of yourself every spring!
I really wanted to take the traditional “matching-outfit-side-of-the-highway-sit-in-the-bluebonnets-and-smile” photos and spin it to inspire an intimate session with this mother and daughter. The moments with this sweet babe and her mama were genuine, the laughter was real, and the tears came. I love to encourage moments of happiness or silliness and allow them to show the camera their love in the most genuine way. I’m just the medium that captures it.
I love to encourage moments of happiness or silliness and allow them to show the camera their love in the most genuine way. I’m just the medium that captures it.
Synonymous with springtime in Texas, is Texas weather, and this day storms were rolling in. I typically love working with bright sunlight but the windswept, telling skies added beautiful unexpected drama to the scene.
It is captured all on film which is my medium of choice. Many feel that with children it is best to shoot digital, as it is faster to use and more forgiving when children quickly move and change. However, I believe film has such an incomparable dynamic depth and often an imperfect “blur” of a quickly moving child gives a sense of momentary whimsical movement.
Baby Kennedy has her mama’s same sweet personality even though she is just about 2 years old. She had such a wonderful time playing in the flowers and picking (shhhh!) the bluebonnets.
Despite the weather, they were such troopers but as you might imagine, as with many two year olds, we did have a few tears when Kennedy smacked herself with her bow while attempting to take it off!
A few of these photographs are Mama comforting her tears unseen by the camera and finally, she got to sit in mom’s lap and have a snack. Not many things can’t be cured by mama and some Cheerios.
In the end, Mary and Kennedy’s session was as perfect and sweet as they are together.
Words and photos by Lauren Brandon.
Portra 400 film