Last month, I ran a little contest on my Facebook page. I asked people to answer the following question: If you could have pictures of you and your family (or pets) taken anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The answers were inspiring and left me wanting to shoot, literally, all over the world. Some of the more global answers were:
Some of my favorite ideas however were ones that were within the realm of possibilities:
There was one answer though that I could not get out of my mind. It was Lindsay's. She said:
"I would LOVE to have Gigi and the girls photographed under the crumbling viaduct by our house. Nothing says "I'm a street-smart toddler" like rusted steel, pigeon poop, and two brindled sidekicks."
I love photographing kids and dogs. That combo of subjects is one of the most challenging to photograph, but I love pet photography so much that I always look forward to the challenge.
I have known Lindsay for a few years now. She is a board member with Project Rescue, whom I've talked about on this blog before. Hers was such a great visual (pigeon poop and all) that I knew I wanted to take that picture. I had to take that picture. And after a few delays due to inclement weather, today I took that picture.
Here is Lindsay's vision come to life.
This image, though, I think more than any other, really captures what Lindsay wanted.
Are you kidding me with that!?! If I had a studio, I would print this photo to a 10x20 inch print or larger, have it matted and framed and on display for all the world to see.
And since I already had a super cute kid in front of me with gorgeous blue eyes, a few portraits (sans dogs) were in order as well.
I swear I did not doctor the color of her eyes. They are that stunning.
I really hope these photos will mean a lot to Lindsay and her family. I had so much fun taking them. It's one thing to take pretty pictures, but it's another to take someone's vision and turn it into a reality.
So to anyone who left a comment on my Facebook post a month ago, I have this to say to you: Make the photos you want to happen, happen. It can be done. All you need to do is have a vision and find a photographer who is as excited about capturing it as you are.