The Pageo Lavender Farm in Turlock was the perfect place to photograph the Smith family. Many times, I go into a family photo session already having some type of relationship with the family. Typically I will have a phone consultation with the member of the family who is booking the portrait session. I then meet the family in person to get to know them a little better and discuss details of the upcoming session.
But with the Smiths, I had done a model call. I very much wanted to shoot at the lavender farm, and the lavender is only in bloom for a few weeks. I put the word out to find a family that would be available during this time period. I was excited for everyone that answered the call, and selected the Smiths. They were able to be ready for their portraits in just a few days and the result was the beautiful images you see of their family at the lavender farm.
As anticipated, the session location was perfect. The Pageo Lavender Farm is a working farm that harvests its own lavender, which is used in a number of products including soaps, oils, lotions and more. It also boasts the most gorgeous fields of blue-purple loveliness every June. I knew that even though I didn’t know the Smiths well at this point, this gorgeous landscape would be ideal for their precious family photos.
It’s always important to me that clients have printed images. It’s difficult, for example, when a couple that’s been married for 10 years tells me they never printed their wedding pictures. It makes me sad that they don’t have tangible pieces of their beautiful wedding day to enjoy in an album or as a piece of artwork on the wall in their home. So one of the things I offer is to help clients select images and design a wall gallery or album to display their pictures.
As for the Smiths, whether a picture of their beautiful family of four, or a cute snap of one of the kids peeking through the lavender blooms, I fell in love with just about every image from this session. Luckily, the Smith family did too, and created a wall gallery of their portraits.
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