Last week I had the honor of photographing one of the newest humans alive – little Ruby at just 5 days old. Even for those of us who have children of our own, we quickly forget what a newborn is like. Their eyes open occasionally and just search for all they know, their mother’s face. Their thin limbs move wildly while they are awake, simply wanting to be held tightly as they have been in the womb their entire life. They really aren’t yet of this world! Such a reminder of how fragile and beautiful life is…
In my quest to become a better photographer, I have been thinking a lot about how to capture that special something. It is often a moment between a father and child, man and woman, or nature and human that really touches something in us as relational beings. It is also in the light from the sky, whether it’s sun on the face, shining warmly on one’s back, or shimmering in the eyes. Capturing that life-giving light in a still image can inspire a feeling like nothing else… How does it make you feel?
My sister had at the great idea to do a photoshoot with the cousins as a gift for the grandparents. We had to meet mid-day, so we needed somewhere with lots of shade to create even light. My husband suggested the newly redeveloped Buda Mill & Grain. Some landowners that he knows through his work at Hill Country Conservancy played a big part in helping to restore this historic location. It created an interesting backdrop, and the kids had a blast with the balls, hats, and glitter!
Despite the sprinkles, we paid a visit to Red Bud Isle Park off Lake Austin Blvd to catch some more fall colors before they fade. The cyprus there are a beautiful honey color, and the few sycamore are also looking a lovely shade or orange. It was a bit muddy, so we’ll have to head back for a longer stay very soon!
My family made it out the park this weekend for some fun. It was a mild cool day, and the cloud cover really made the fall colors pop. We discovered a wagon structure a little ways over from the playground that also provided an interested backdrop. As usual, Cooper wouldn’t leave the house without his “cowboy hat”!