We just love families on vacation. They’re out of the normal routine of work and demands and responsibilities. Their kids run free. Mom and Dad are relaxed. And everyone is travel-happy. That pretty much describes this Sunriver family portrait session that we photographed on our trip to Bend, Oregon last month. The session took place at our client’s mountain home just outside of Sunriver. Her sister’s family was coming for the weekend and they wanted some portraits of their two boys. As I waited for the boys to get ready, I stood in the back yard with my client-turned-friend chatting when her son came outside crying. She scooped him up and asked him what was wrong. Through tears, I articulated that he was sad because I was here. But I wasn’t taking photos of him. So I grabbed his hand and walked a few feet to the tall, natural grass, and told him that my camera was all his until his cousins came out. I have never seen despair turn to joy so quickly!
When his cousins were ready, it was time to warm the boys up to me. To convince them that having their photograph taken was, indeed, fun. So we raced. And went to the pond to see if we could catch some frogs. And hid in the tall grass, pretending that they were the tiger and I was the prey. They practiced their best roars and I came up with the silliest animal I could think of to be. And we told secrets and giggled at fart jokes and did everything that boys that age love to do.
And it all happened to be right at the time when the setting sun was the most golden and beautiful. Dear Central Oregon summer evening light: I love you.