Confession time – I have been a grumpy, growly person about all of this recent snowy weather. Looking out the window at the piles of snow, my poor broken snow shovel, the mounds of clothing, hats, kits, ski pants, and snow shoes taking up too much room cluttering up my entry way. The frigid temperatures have made me resist bundling my girls up to actually go outside to play, but today I realized I needed to “let it go” and “go and build a snowman” so we did it (grumbly at first), we went and built a snow man and climbed the ten to twelve foot drifts and then promptly slid down those drifts, and we enjoyed the beauty of the snow covered world, and the extra packiness of the snow that makes perfect snowmen and leaves you with those satisfyingly rosy cheeks and with clothes so sopping you can’t spend another minute outside, and leaves yours fingers with that just-can’t-wait-to-wrap-your-fingers-around-a-cup-of-hot-chocolate feeling. It reminded me of a winter walk that we took with Anna (our then two year old) who was riding on her daddy’s shoulders, she threw off her mittens, spread her arms out with each finger spread as wide as she could, and she closed her eyes and smiled up at the sky….I asked what she was doing, and in a voice that seemed surprised that I didn’t know, she said “I just needed to feel the wind.” Today was that kind of day for me…I needed to get out and feel the wind and see the ice and snow cracking off the trees and see buds on my rose bush despite it being almost immersed in icy snow and hear the persistent drips of water melt off my eaves, drumming to the quiet rhythm of the coming spring.
The temperature was beyond crisp, but somehow their love, their energy and their sense of fun defied the cold, and we were able to get these beautiful images full of warm looks, love, and laughter.
I loved everything about this shoot. I loved meeting with Nadine to go over her ideas for the session, I loved learning about how she wanted a portrait showcasing her sweet, shy little girl Celine’s serious, introspective personality, and how she wanted a image of how her son Ryan was such an attentive, loving older brother. As we showed her different styles of family photos that we have taken, she was drawn to a session at the Hillsborough train museum, in part because Ryan is a big fan of trains, and she thought it would be fun to include his interests in the shoot.
The day of the shoot, the golden hues of the sun playfully skipped over the surface of the antique trains, and the Doiron family was all smiles and dressed to perfection as we had fun exploring the grounds, stopping here and there for a portrait in front of the lovely backgrounds. The children indulged my zainy instructions, games, and silly faces and it was wonderful to see everyone open up, get comfortable and allow us to capture some truly beautiful moments.
Nadine, thank you for entrusting us with capturing this beautiful stage in your family’s life; we had an incredible time, and I truly loved every moment of the experience!