When Sandy contacted me to do a family portrait session, she told me, “I’m not interested in having a formal portrait done, or one of those popular “beach” pictures, or “pile of leaves” pictures.” That was music to my ears!
We met on a blustery morning at the Steven’s Estate in North Andover, MA. Though I’ve photographed a wedding there a couple of years ago, there was something spooky about the place in the morning, when no one else was around. It was the perfect location to get a little creative with the family portraits. We began in front of the carriage house, taking advantage of a cool overgrown fence, then we moved on to a neat old bench in a wooded clearing. With a couple of the normal settings out of the way, we went behind one of the main buildings to find a graveyard of old benches, followed by a cool jungle of high sticks, and a picnic table behind the old garage, with its bright green paint and broken out windows. After putting the kids through all of that hard work, it was fitting to end the session with a big leaf fight!