Fall Family Portraits | The Coffings

Fall Family Portraits | The Coffings

I had the perfect plan going in my head for my fall family portrait sessions in Albuquerque earlier this month. I thought to myself, hey, we’ll set up camp in the bosque and catch some pretty yellow cottonwoods! It will be so pretty! Then when I actually got home I realized that though it was the beginning of October, the weather was definitely still acting like it was summer. Scratch the beautiful fall leaves from the picture.

But it was all good, because when I went out scouting I found some gorgeous yellow chamisa blooms and one perfectly yellow tree sitting alone in the midst of some beautiful tall grass. I had a new plan.

Then God scoffed at that and decided the instant we were supposed to start shooting was the perfect time for a downpour. When it first started sprinkling I thought, hmmm, this will be fine. I’m based in Seattle now, after all! I can’t let a little rain scare me! And then it really started coming down and we were soaked and had to seek refuge in the car. Ha!

Puddle-jumping toddler.Puddle-jumping toddler.

As we sat there together—Chris, Miranda, Noah, and I—we tried to come up with a game plan for suitable alternatives if the rain didn’t let up within the next thirty minutes. I thought just how lucky I was that the clients this had to happen with were at least great friends.

You may remember Noah from a couple of other shoots I’ve done in the past couple of years. I just love getting to document his growth from tiny newborn baby to one year, to a confident two-year-old on the move. I remember the week he was born like it was yesterday. Chris, his dad and long-time best friend of Ryan’s, had just returned from duty in Afghanistan and his wife Miranda went into labor that night. I maintain that Noah knew he had to hold on just a little longer for his dad to be there. Then, not a week later, Ryan and I had our wedding. We weren’t sure if the Coffings would make it to our wedding, given that we didn’t know when Noah would make his appearance or if Chris would get home in time, but not only did they get to be there, but tiny little Noah did, too.

I’m getting way off subject here, but that’s what happens every time I get that boy in front of my lens. So even though he was much more camera-shy this year, I’ll forgive him.

Walking with dad.Puddle-jumping toddler.Fallen in a puddle.

And, I’ll forgive the rain, too, because even though nothing went according to plan, the clouds did part just in time to snag the Coffings’ photos—primarily Noah running through puddles (and yes, falling a couple times and needing a moment to cry it off)—and then the Plomers’—who I will get to next time, because I’ve rambled on here long enough!

Couples portrait for mom and dad.

I’ll just end with a little peek of the end of the Plomers’ session. Because these little ones happen to be cousins, we could not help but celebrate the happy timing of their sessions with a little cousin puddle-jumping love. Can you blame us? So cute!

Toddlers in puddles. Bachechi-Open-Space-family-portraits-14Baby cousins kissing.

I had the perfect plan going in my head for my fall family portrait sessions in Albuquerque earlier this month. I thought to myself, hey, we’ll set up camp in the bosque and catch some pretty yellow cottonwoods! It will be so pretty! Then when I actually got home I realized that though it was the beginning of October, the weather was definitely still acting like it was summer. Scratch the beautiful fall leaves from the picture.

But it was all good, because when I went out scouting I found some gorgeous yellow chamisa blooms and one perfectly yellow tree sitting alone in the midst of some beautiful tall grass. I had a new plan.

Then God scoffed at that and decided the instant we were supposed to start shooting was the perfect time for a downpour. When it first started sprinkling I thought, hmmm, this will be fine. I’m based in Seattle now, after all! I can’t let a little rain scare me! And then it really started coming down and we were soaked and had to seek refuge in the car. Ha!

Puddle-jumping toddler.Puddle-jumping toddler.

As we sat there together—Chris, Miranda, Noah, and I—we tried to come up with a game plan for suitable alternatives if the rain didn’t let up within the next thirty minutes. I thought just how lucky I was that the clients this had to happen with were at least great friends.

You may remember Noah from a couple of other shoots I’ve done in the past couple of years. I just love getting to document his growth from tiny newborn baby to one year, to a confident two-year-old on the move. I remember the week he was born like it was yesterday. Chris, his dad and long-time best friend of Ryan’s, had just returned from duty in Afghanistan and his wife Miranda went into labor that night. I maintain that Noah knew he had to hold on just a little longer for his dad to be there. Then, not a week later, Ryan and I had our wedding. We weren’t sure if the Coffings would make it to our wedding, given that we didn’t know when Noah would make his appearance or if Chris would get home in time, but not only did they get to be there, but tiny little Noah did, too.

I’m getting way off subject here, but that’s what happens every time I get that boy in front of my lens. So even though he was much more camera-shy this year, I’ll forgive him.

Walking with dad.Puddle-jumping toddler.Fallen in a puddle.

And, I’ll forgive the rain, too, because even though nothing went according to plan, the clouds did part just in time to snag the Coffings’ photos—primarily Noah running through puddles (and yes, falling a couple times and needing a moment to cry it off)—and then the Plomers’—who I will get to next time, because I’ve rambled on here long enough!

Couples portrait for mom and dad.

I’ll just end with a little peek of the end of the Plomers’ session. Because these little ones happen to be cousins, we could not help but celebrate the happy timing of their sessions with a little cousin puddle-jumping love. Can you blame us? So cute!

Toddlers in puddles. Bachechi-Open-Space-family-portraits-14Baby cousins kissing.

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