I had my heart set on the Ice Castles. Aside from a few iPhone snapshots, I had not taken photos of my children for months. This was not an oversight that I can blame on a busy life. The truth is, I didn’t feel inspired. As the guilt of this rut sunk in more and more, so did the pressure I put on myself to make up for lost time with something elaborate. The Ice Castles would be my chance, I thought. I could buy a fur shawl or dress the kids up so they looked straight out of a fairy tale. That would inspire me, surely. It had to. Right? Dusting off my camera, I went online to buy our tickets only to find them sold out for the remainder of the season. The skies were blue. The sun was shining. And I felt nothing but more discouragement.
I allowed myself to wallow for a few minutes and then it hit me. Elaborate themed photography has never been the kind of work that’s spoken to me – both in my own work and with the photographers I deeply admire. I rarely use props. I’ve never brought an upholstered antique couch into the forest. And while I do believe a well planned wardrobe is an important element of any portrait, I’m not much of a frilly princess dress kind of person anyway.
I am inspired by light. By feelings. By connections. By heart. When I look at my favorite photographs, these are the elements in tune. And these can be found in our own backyards if we are present. So while I really do want to see those Ice Castles someday, finding my inspiration to shoot again came from a little bit closer to home this time. 🙂
For more information about New Hampshire Winter Child Photography, please contact Kami Friday. Kami is a lifestyle and portrait photographer located in Nashua NH. She specializes in the photography of children, families, newborns, babies, high school seniors, couples and maternity sessions. Conveniently located on the NH/MA border, she travels to clients and shoot on location throughout NH and the Greater Boston area including Nashua, Amherst, Bedford, Merrimack, Hollis, Brookline, Londonderry and Groton MA.
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