Originally the plan was to have the photo shoot for Julia’s family in the fall so that we could include the beautiful colours of the leaves. Unfortunately it was not possible due to various reasons. Finally though Julia and her family became available in January. Turns out we picked one of the coldest days of this winter (-13 Celsius) so far. Obviously we did not know that it was going to be so cold and when we agreed on the date there wasn’t much snow either. Naturally I was a little concerned that we would not have an ideal photography scenario but there was a little part of me that was excited about this uncertainty. Through my experience over the years in photography I have learned that these uncertain and unique scenarios which result in beautiful and unique photographs. This one is a perfect example.
Since it was so cold, before my wife and I left the house to go meet Julia and her family at Rotary Park in Milton, I decided to bring along a warm blanket so that Julia and her family could stay warm in between shots. This decision not only kept Julia’s girls a little warmer, but also was key to achieving this photograph, my favorite from the photo shoot. I was scouting out a good spot under an old railway bridge when Julia and her two girls came to where I was. The oldest of the two girls had monopolized the blanket, wrapped it over and around her head and stood exactly where I was hoping she would without me telling her anything at all. And if that wasn’t enough her facial expressions couldn’t have been more perfect.
This was definitely one of those magic moments.
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