Lucky me….I get to call these folks family! The long version: my mother-in-law’s husband’s son and family. The short version: My ohana! We had been planning on a photo session for weeks, but when the time finally came, the weather was not cooperating with us at all. We tried changing days, location, and time, and still our rescheduled appointment failed us again. But turns out, the third time really was the charm, as we finally made it happen. We wanted to stay near Spanish Fork, so we drove up into the Canyon right at sunset. We took a small, side dirt road up the mountain a little bit, and found a rolling hills location, with blue mountains in the backgrounds. This whole family was such a good sport for me. I had them walking through cactus, into clouds of gnats, and up and down dusty dirt roads (some of them were even in heels!). I’m not sure how, but baby Lyric even stayed asleep through some of this! When she woke up, she was a little unsure of me, but with the help of her older brothers and sisters, we were able to get her to smile at me. In fact, the sibling shot is my absolute favorite of the whole session. It is just such a sweet, simple setup, and it was such a natural pose that these children fell into on their own. It was obvious that they shared a strong bond, and I loved capturing the love between them.
After photos on the hill, we drove just a bit farther down to a small creek to get one last shot before the light faded away. Lyric was happy as long as she was with Mom or Dad, and the rest of the crew were natural models for me. I didn’t have to coax smiles out of any of them! They willingly handed them over to me.
I am so glad that the weather finally cooperated with us so we could make this happen! Their beautiful brown skin, with the pop of blue and white, against the setting sun and sandy-colored hills of Diamond Fork Canyon – These are some of my favorite Utah family portraits I have taken!