The weather was ideal for the annual Autumnal family portrait of my brother, sis-in-law, and nephew. This years request was for water in the background. That was easy to find, back home. Alas, lots of people were enjoying the weather there too. With a polite word and clever framing, we were able to situate ourselves on a small dock we ended up sharing with a family fishing. The additional challenge was to pull focus back from a five year old boy watching others with worms and bugs. He’s such a boy!
This weekend, after celebrating my brother’s milestone birthday, I took a quiet late night stroll through the Distillery District here in Toronto.
It was surprisingly void of people, considering it was a Saturday night, but then again, since the date was between Christmas and New Years, people may have been recovering/conserving their energy…which I can certainly appreciate.
Me, I was thankful for the chance to take a few photos sans crowds.
There is truly, something magical about this place in the winter. This was not lost on the one couple who was also wandering around. They asked if I could take their photo, as their attempts to take a self portrait with their phone didn’t quite capture this. I was happy to oblige. After one happy shot, they laughed and cuddled in closer. I then told them, “One more. A kissy face one!” They were suddenly shy but so smitten with each other, that they did and it was THE shot. It was one of those perfect moments.
In a prior post, I had mentioned those moments of what is important. That moment was also at the Distillery photographing this amazing family…
I want to say that roaming through those cobblestone paths, recalling this blog as of late, and planning my exit from my current job, has allowed me the insight to write a kick-ass reflective last post of the year…but nope. I think what I’m going to do is ponder, remember, and prepare, on what was 2012 and what will be 2013.
Till then, peace and have a rockin’ new year!
It is that time of year again! Family portrait time! It was also shoot that almost didn’t happen. The sun was fading fast, oh you short November days, and the little one was ill just before and just after. It is like the germs gave us a reprieve just to get the shot!
Basically, since my brother and his lovely wife have been with child, I have been taking an annual photo of them. For the past two years we have shaken up the typical white shirts and jeans in the hay-field. You may recall last years slightly inspired Vampire Diaries shot. Well, this year, with my Sis-in-Law loving the Twilight saga, and after the more conservative shooting, I took the above. I then did some tweaking in photoshop. The one thing I did not have to change, was my nephew’s expression. He has no clue about this vampire business, but damn, he was it channeling well!
I don’t see this one making the Christmas card to the Grandparents…but it was fun, nevertheless.