A Last Minute Family Session

Barbara called and said “My son is entering the Navy on Monday and I just realized I needed to have family photos done before he leaves…can you do it this weekend?”  My only day open was Sunday so she grabbed it.  This family lives up on the Eastern Shore and wanted to come over here to do the pictures, even though I tried to talk them into letting me come to them.  One thing I know and love is the light on the Eastern Shore – it’s different.  More diffused sometimes; and sometimes more brilliant.  There’s character there, too.  Character can only be built over time and the towns that populate the Eastern Shore are full of it.  Sure, there are new things up there like strip malls and fast food joints but mainly the landscape is full of things that have been there for a long time and don’t seem to be going anywhere soon.  Just my kind of place.  But, alas, it was decided to Norfolk they would come.

Sunday morning was not the kind of morning I hoped for when I woke up.  Torrential rain was coming down which had me scrambling to figure out where we could do the session inside.  Unfortunately, though Hampton Roads has many beautiful outdoor locations, when it comes to public indoor spaces that are photography-worthy, not much comes to mind for this studio-lacking photographer.  :) I drove around downtown Norfolk looking at Chrysler Hall, the Scope, and Nauticus.  They could have worked out okay….  Luckily, as the family was driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, they called me to tell me that looking east toward the oceanfront, the sky was clear.  Hooray!  First Landing State Park was the location decided upon.  Gary, the dad, is an art director at an advertising firm and Barbara told me that he had insisted on me for their photographer based on my website.  That was humbling and a little intimidating.  The pressure was on!

Family poses in shaded park setting

Three brothers in individual poses on trail boardwalk

Three brothers with oldest boy entering Navy

Three brothers posing in an old Live Oak Tree

Family of Five poses in an old Live Oak Tree

Family of 5 with three boys posing on the dunes at First Landing State Park



A call out to Eastern Shore families – if you would like to have your family photos done on the Eastern Shore, Terri Hughes would love to travel to you for your session.  Feel free to call her any time at 757.812.5322 or email her at terri@simplyhumanpictures.com.  

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