I get lost a lot. If you are a client of mine, you probably know this. To break the ice, a lot of clients ask me "did you find us ok". I am honest and tell people that I got lost. This used to frustrate me, because I pride myself on being reasonably intelligent. Yet, when it comes to reading a map, I simply can't. I was excited when satnav systems were invented, because surely that would fix my problem, right? Wrong. I still get lost. The satnav will give out instructions, I will get confused "does she mean this road, or the next one", and then I will miss the turn. Or I argue with her, because she is asking me to turn right at the no right turn and then repeatedly tells me to "do a U turn".
I have learnt to accept this personality flaw. You can't be great at everything, right?
Well, one day, this personality flaw served me well. I was coming home from a photoshoot and I got lost. Suddenly, I was driving past the most amazing location. It had everything, water, trees for directional light, footpaths, a mini beach and then, I saw the most amazing hill facing west. All I could imagine was the glorious sunset that you would see there and then I had a vision of a silhouette of a family against the sunset.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and we were going out for a dinner celebration for my beautiful son, who was turning 8. It was about 5 minutes from this magical hill, so I grabbed the camera bag just in case.
The sun was setting just as we left the restaurant, so we drove to the hill. The conditions were perfect! This was such a fun session. It took 8 minutes in total and the boys had a really good time. One thing I love and was surprised with, is that their personalities shine right through in these images, even though you can't see the expression.
Never have I felt happier with my inability to follow directions.
I hope you enjoy these and I hope to shoot there again soon.
The birthday boy!
My husband, the biggest kid of all!