Yup, more photographs of my friend Karissa's family. I'm pretty sure all of my friends wonder if I'm somehow related to them considering how regularly I post photos of the babies on my Facebook page, but it's not true haha, I just take a lot of photos of these nuggets. Karissa is a photographer in Lytle, TX who does a lot of baby and family portraits. She also does weddings - that's actually how we met. These images are totally from September, peak-cotton field time, but I’m finally getting around to sharing these images now.
Every year Karissa does cotton field mini-sessions, but you can't really photograph your own family so asked me if I was free to drive down from San Antonio for a very quick session with her family. Just in case you're reading this from my archives - it rained crazy amounts in Texas in September. Hurricane Florence was messing with the East Coast and by the time we were ready to shoot it was after a week of solid rain. Day, night, flash flooding kind of rain.
Not the best weather for a family portrait shoot. We got a break right when we were going to shoot and were so lucky the ground was as solid as it was. It had been raining for what felt like 3 straight weeks when we were shooting, and it wasn’t done yet.. My dogs were ready to murder me for not turning off the sky water and I was ready to murder them for all the mud in the house. It was time for the rain to stop, followed by many, many trips to the dog park.
Can you tell I'm a Bitter Betty about too much rain? Back to the photoshoot. Cotton is seriously so beautiful when its growing and I'm so glad Karissa has a connection with a local farmer to use the edge of his field because these photographs are stunning. I'm in love. As wet as the cotton was it still looked amazing.
When we got to the field and were getting ready to shoot Langston was still napping and wasn't really in the mood to wake up yet so I took complete advantage of that moment and made Karissa pose for a few mother/daughter photos before trying to wake to wake her up, those images are in the collage at the top of the blog post. By the way - this next photo is my absolute favorite from the session. Both babies are having so much fun and Langston was looking right at me. Plus, that pose! Only one year old and she’s already got it!
Due to the weather (and that fact that Karissa’s family is so over any and all photos before they begin, like most families) we literally spent 15 minutes quickly doing a few different groupings and then it was back into the shelter of the cars before it started pouring. I'd love to offer a really short, low cost session like this but this is kind of quick session would never work out with anyone but another photographer who understands how photoshoots go and can help make everything happen, sadly.
I absolutely love the look of these cotton field images, I'm completely in love with them and hopefully I can do something fun out here next year, *crosses fingers for better weather*.