So the April Showers have been BRUTAL in The Woodlands, Texas, to say the least. Gloomy, long days with only a few sunshine moments in between. They say “April showers, bring May flowers”, but there is a delicate balance and most for he flowers in this area peek in April vs. May. The Texas Bluebonnet is loved world-wide and we are especially blessed by them, but they are fickle. My favorite spot didn’t even bloom this year, while others flourished. However, there were enough to grab a sunny morning with some gorgeous little ones. Seriously, a naked baby on a vintage quilt surrounded by bluebonnets. Howdy from Texas! Swoon!
During the peek wildflower times, photographers are out in masses. My social media feeds a refolded with gorgeous families and kids all huddled together in the blooms. The downside? They are very weed-like, there are after concerns that need to be addressed and the need for respect is huge. Tromping through the blooms ruins them for others and guess where they grow best? In open fields amongst the blinding sun! It is the time of year where knowing how to manage and read light is critical. Take for example the images in the collage above. The sun was already too high to shoot openly by 7:45am. We had to use a quilt as a scrim to know down some of the light. If we hadn’t, what would have happened? Blown-out skin along one side of her face….boo! Other options? Adding fill light with off camera light stands….how does that work with a baby? Its pretty rough if they are on the move. So timing for wildflower sessions are critical. The rain kept us from the soft evening light, so make sure you hire someone who is equipped with the knowledge needed to make it work.
As I wrapped my client session, my sweet friend brought her precious littles out for a few quick shots, too. Guess where mom is? Yep, holding up a giant quilt to stop down the light. Worth some trembling arms…you bet!