We had some dismal weather yesterday, but there was a definite bright spot — the Schwartz family portrait in Prospect Park. Robin had organized this family portrait to celebrate her mother’s birthday, and we were not going to let a little rain get in our way.
The weather is always unpredictable here in NYC. Case in point, I went to bed on Saturday with weather reports saying that Sunday afternoon would be dry, and the morning would be wet. I woke up in the morning with forecasters saying just the opposite. Our plans changed quick, and I made it to Brooklyn in just an hour and a half despite this weekend’s subway construction.
We started off at the entrance to Prospect Park with a few shots in front of a giant, curlicue iron sculpture. From there we moved just inside the park to a tree-covered area to the right of park entrance. I always like to get my ‘official’ portraits (i.e., with everyone looking into the camera) done at the beginning of a photo session. This gives clients a sense that we already have a few good images in the camera, and allows them to loosen up for later shots. It builds trust with the client, and gives you greater artistic leeway later in the portrait session. I should note, however, that the Schwartz family is a fun lot, and they didn’t need any excuse to loosen up!
After these shots under the trees were done, we made friends with a Brooklynite who kindly let the kids pet his dog, Lola. Everyone took a shine to Lola, and she clearly likes to make friends (who appreciate her love of the chase). As a photojournalistic family photographer, I loved having an activity to document during the shoot. Lola definitely came to the rescue, especially since we had originally planned to play baseball during the shoot, but the rain got in the way.
Then the rain started to fall. We ducked into a playground area — again, covered by trees — for a few interactive shots including big brother Jonathan picking up his sister, Robin. With the rain pouring down harder, we slogged to the nearest archway in the park, where we found several fellow park goers hiding out. Of course it is then that the rain stopped. Still, it was a fun adventure, and the Schwartz family made it a great day — despite the rain. Enjoy the photos!
If you would like to see more images from Prospect Park family photographer, Kelly Williams, please visit her website — www.KellyWilliamsPortraits.com