Session Share: SoCal Family Desert Session, from Erin Fisher of Erin Fisher Photography
Inspiration: The sweet family in these pictures lives just a few doors down from us in Southern California, and I have been drooling over their vintage pickup for two solid years. Every time I passed it heading out to run errands, I would imagine the fun that could be had with that truck, their cute little boys, and my camera. The business of life kept us from ever making that happen – until a few weeks ago. I was borrowing their truck for a best friend photo shoot for my daughter, and 30 minutes before we left I offered to take a few family shots with it since we’d have it out in the desert anyway. It was such an incredible thrill to finally use the inspiration that had been building in my heart for a couple years and turn it into snapshots for this family to treasure for a lifetime!
Favorite Element: It is no surprise that my favorite element at this shoot was the truck. What I absolutely love, however, is the way that these boys, their gorgeous parents, and the stunning desert landscape come alongside the vintage vehicle to create a rather breathtaking scene. The truck is cool, but made all the better by everything surrounding it …
Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge was that it was a rather spur of the moment thing. We tacked it on to another shoot I was using the truck for, and by the time we started, the sun was halfway gone. Because of that, we had to work quickly, and I didn’t capture as many candid shots or individual kid pictures as I normally would. At first I was disappointed, but when I got home, and loaded the images I did manage to capture onto my computer, I was relieved, thrilled, and honestly a little emotional.
Final Thoughts: There is no greater thrill for photographers than seeing the ideas in our minds come to life through our lenses. I am so incredibly grateful for this sweet family, their willingness to let me live out my dream with their truck, and this incredible desert that sets the most stunning backdrop. In two weeks my family is relocating, and while I am thrilled for a new adventure and an entirely new environment to create and capture moments in, I will miss our time in the desert. I feel so grateful to have pictures like this to serve as a continual reminder of our blessings here!
Erin Fisher is a natural light, lifestyle, family photographer specializing in family shoots, events, and military homecomings.
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