I’ve taken pictures in many a different place.. on many farms in Virginia.. in a field with a couple of Oxen.. in barns in Tennessee.. golf courses… wineries… homes large and small.. parks.. beaches.. plantations..
I’ve encountered Copperhead snakes.. enormous spiders.. alligators.. mean toddlers..
never in my life have I been more on edge than at the beginning of this session with the wonderful Barnes family..
ya see.. I met Heather a little over a week before our session when I drove out to their property to see the land and get some ideas for our session.. instantly loved Heather and Sadie-Anne. The boys hung back at the house while we took off in Chris’ truck.. we got it stuck only once and Heather expertly got it unstuck and almost didn’t get the truck dirty at all.. (lies).. As we were driving she’s telling me little stories.. i mean.. really we hit it off and it was like hanging out with a friend and her kid.. but the stories.. MY GOODNESS this family has some great stories.. great.. ya know in a jaw dropping “NO WAY” kinda way.. and I only spent an hour or so with them..
the ONE story that stuck with me was that Chris had been recently bitten by a rattlesnake.. I told Miss Sadie-Anne that hence-forth we would not mention rattlesnakes anymore or I was OUT.. well, then she mentions something about alligators.. and Heather dismisses it with “oh.. but that’s down the creek”.. sure.. ok.. sure..
So the day of the session came.. The family was ready.. I was greeted by their oldest, Christopher – incredibly polite and kind.. We were all ready and we jumped in the trucks.. Dog and all!
Our first spot was deep in the woods.. A spot Chris had in mind..
okay.. isn’t this just a magical spot?
do you see the creek to the right?.. yeah.. we all climbed over it.. them in their nice dress shoes, me in the most wonderful boots ever..
we grabbed the pup for a few shots.. the whole woods part of the session was really unique.. I’ve never shot anywhere like this before.. cypress stumps trying to trip me every step.. didn’t phase this crew..
On the way out to the – well, it was kind of a forest.. on the way out there, Chris slows down and points to the spot in the ditch where the second largest RATTLESNAKE he’d encountered was found.. I realize quickly I had not gone over the ground rules with Chris… No mentioning Rattlesnakes, Alligators or any other animal I am not properly dressed to defend myself against..
THANKFULLY, Chris jokingly offered to let me wear his size 12 boots.. they went up to my knees.. y’all, I took my tiny cute boots off immediately.. I wore his boots ALL night.. and.. am totally going to buy a pair..
I took a few pics of the kids.. before we headed back over the creek..
honestly.. the kids are amazingly polite..
Mr. Christopher.. I had a quick second to discuss school with him.. it’s going to be cool to see where he ends up.. I’m personally hoping to be able to see him in a Georgia hat someday..
serious and handsome.. quiet spoken, but conversational.. a great role model for his younger brother and sister.
I grabbed Colby next.. He has this little smile that is kinda always there.. like he’s always up to something.. maybe I’m wrong..
oh.. and then I got this little one of the three of them.. i had to tell Colby – no smile.. Christopher and Sadie-Anne had it down immediately..
and then got I took a few with Sadie-Anne.. oh.. she’s just great..
she is tough and can handle herself.. but still, you can tell she enjoys being the only girl.. she is an absolute joy to talk to.. she thinks about what you are asking – not like a normal 9 year old.. much more like an old friend..
back over the creek, we stopped for a few pictures… the poor kids were DONE by this point!
but I wasn’t done!
when i saw the farm the week before, there were these pretty open green fields.. of cabbage or cauliflower.. on the way to the woods.. anyway IT WAS GREEN and low and I wanted to take pictures in it… but NO.. life on the farm does not wait for pictures.. and wouldn’t you know.. it was DIRT with corn planted.. I kind of mentioned it to Chris and we were totally on the same page and we headed out to the fields..
I’m so glad we did.. it’s almost like we had two photo sessions.. the locations are SO COMPLETELY different..
the picture below is in a field of cauliflower.. literally as far as the eye can see..
i love this one of just Sadie-Anne..
and then the whole fam squished for a few pics.. it was LATE by this point!
and getting a bit chilly.. so i’m so glad they stuck it out with me..
a last one of the whole crew! the sun was setting.. the sky was so pink
we then headed over to this little field (an acre and a half if I remember correctly) that Chris had planted with Brussels Sprouts
for his girls.. because they like them.. Okay.. I love the little things.. and this was just so dang sweet… the girls were super happy to see little brussels growing – Sadie-Anne pulled a couple off and we snacked a bit..
and of course, I had my camera out with me..
after we were done there, they took me to see where the cabbage and cauliflower were kept and gave us a huge box of each.. we have been eating every type of cauliflower and cabbage I could think of!
We got a picture of me with Miss Sadie-Anne – please do note my – errr.. um.. Chris’ boots..
i really had THE best time…
it .. was.. COLD in there!!! but amazing to see and hear and really try to get an idea of the whole process.. i really could spend a whole morning documenting their operation.. it really amazes me to see the people and the hard work that go in to what feeds us all.. (photo credit to Chris)
I hope you love the peek.. I know I talked a lot! both during the session and the post – thanks for trusting me to hang out with your family for the night!! I have many more to finish editing!