This time around, I took on a post-Christmas session with the Stathams at Willingdon Beach here in Powell River. Although the lighting was low and cool by the afternoon helping to control the contrast, it was bloody cold out! The real challenge was to keep the models comfortable despite the bone-chilling winter conditions sans snow. They were all great sports about it and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun, even though there was no hiding the discomfort that came over them when we weren’t shooting.
One of my favourite moments was seeing the family huddled together against the cold while we set up by the water. The love I sensed in this family was real and heartwarming. I discovered at that moment that although there are some real differences between landscape and portraiture photography, there is one striking similarity: it’s all about catching the pinnacle moment. Whether snapping that golden ray of light burst suddenly through the passing storm clouds, or catching that raw emotional reaction to an impromptu kiss on the cheek, it’s all about freezing the magical moment in time in hopes of enjoying it again for years to come.
I wish a very happy new year to all of my friends and clients. Here’s to freezing many more moments in 2011…and fewer freezing moments as winter presses on.