It’s so easy to find comfort in habit. I’ll be the first to admit that I loooove my iced coffee routine – the same way, every morning. And I would rather go back to a restaurant that I love than try a new place. But when it comes to photography, I have to force myself to climb out of the safe blanket of habit in order to keep pushing my creativity. I think that’s where the magic happens!
On this particular day, I decided to take my clients away from the spots that I usually visit in the Arnold Arboretum, and we ended up in a little grove off the beaten path, filled with climbing ivy, little September flowers, and the most beautiful sunlight. I had no idea what was in store for us, until all of the sudden, the trees started filling with FOG! I would usually never schedule a session for a foggy morning (not because of the fog, but because of the overcast clouds that usually come with it – I love working with sunshine if possible!) So this was an extra special treat to see fog along with SUN filtering through! How beautiful are those individual rays peeking through the mist?
It turns out that the fog was part of an art exhibit called Fog x FLO, made possible by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. If you’d like to see it for yourself, I would definitely recommend checking it out before the end of October!
Anyway, the second we saw the fog appear, I dropped my bag and yelled, “run!!!” Thankfully I have the world’s most awesome/flexible/patient clients, and they didn’t hesitate for a second before disappearing into the mist along with me! It felt a bit like photographing blind, since I could barely see them or my camera settings as the fog rolled in and out, but with a bit of luck, we ended up with one of my favorite family images of all time.
I’m taking this session as a reminder that change is good. New experiences open up a new perspective and (literally) new light. And seeing things with fresh eyes helps me create truly original work for my clients. ♥