Outdoor fall family photos captured in the country outside Quincy, Illinois. I met this beautiful family when Jessica contacted me about a photo event I was holding. Chatting with her beforehand, I heard the concern of a mother with beautiful children that might not respond well to the camera, but loved exploring and adventure. Feeling like these concerns could be felt across the spectrum of Mini Session clients (all of which had small children for this event), I decided to model the design for this session more around what the main subjects wanted to do: move. I'd change my course to follow the main subjects, curious feet that liked to see what was around every corner. Designing the session location with four or five photo op locations in a row spaced along a winding path (instead of just one), we simply let the children direct the location of the photographs, had mom and dad follow along, and took breaks whenever we came to a strategically planned blanket or place to sit. The results of this plan were absolutely fantastic and kept the children engaged every step of the way, producing many more beautiful photographs than a typical 15-minute one-location sitting would have. A new family to the Mini Session event this year, I particularly enjoyed watching this family interact and, I'm not sure if it was a poem or a book, but there was a story they could all say together that was just priceless and made everyone smile. Thanks Aaron & Jessica for coming out and letting me capture such beautiful photographs. Below are a few of my favorite from the session.