I am so excited to share these photos with you because, well, the main subject of this shoot is just so stinkin’ cute!!
This session took place at the end of May during that series of consecutive weeks when all it did was rain. Non-stop. I had to reschedule so many photo shoots (some up to four times) due to the rain that I was spending more time watching water fall outside the window that I was taking photos. If my memory serves me, Dylan’s session was rescheduled more than once due to unforgiving weather, so by the time his mom, Emily, and I and were on our third reschedule, we were bound and determined to make it happen come hell or high water. Literally. On the day of this shoot, it hailed like I have never seen before (I still have one thousand dings in my car roof and hood to prove it) and I kept checking in with Emily to see how things were looking in their neck of the woods. With the go-ahead that thei corner of the Capital District was dry, I set out to meet them at our location. On my drive there, the storm clouds formed into a thick ominous mass and before I knew it my wipers were on full blast and I was hydroplaning my way down I-90. I called Emily again to check in and she reported that things were still dry where they were, so I pushed forward. Upon arrival, I was relieved to find that the ground wasn’t a muddy mess, but I worried that the storm I had driven through would press on in our direction, so we didn’t waste a second getting started.
In just a little over an hour we got all the shots you see here and another 150 more. Every single time I lifted my camera, Dylan was all smiles and giggles and bright eyes. I could have photographed him all day and hugged him and squeezed him and tickled him until the cows came home, but the skies were darkening so we called it a wrap and began packing it in. Just as I was zipping my camera bag, a heavy gust of wind blew through, followed by one of those pre-storm silences that echoes a hint of an electric buzz through the atmosphere. And then the skies opened up.
I drove home that night under a sky of green in a torrential downpour, only to learn later that the new stations had been broadcasting tornado warnings across during the exact 45 minutes I was in the car. But nothing could phase me at that point – I was still enjoying the after-glow that accompanies a fun shoot with amazing people.
I hope you enjoy Dylan’s smile as much as I do. If you want to revisit his newborn session to see how much he’s grown, just go ahead and click here.