I love the busy fall photo season. It's a huge kick in the pants but it reminds me of "doing reps" (re: the Jon Acuff book, Start. Ah-mazing!) You learn so much by doing shoot after shoot in such a small period of time. Your photography muscles really start to buff out by December. :)
The only thing I hate, and I mean hate, is that the locations are over-run by other photographers and families just trying to do the same thing you are. "Who cares?" you say. Well, Dad cares.
It is so stinkin' hard to get Dad on board with those photos, and you know it! He hates the expense, he hates the clothing, he hates how much Mom screams at him while she's trying to make all the kids and herself look cute so it can be documented for the next year. He hates me pointing the camera at him. And most especially, he hates that other people are wandering around, watching him feel so uncomfortable.
Now, if I can get a nice, private location, I can have Dad won over within 15 minutes of him getting out of the care. The majority of my Dads will say at the end, and I quote, "That was almost fun!" or "That wasn't total torture!". But even I can't make a Dad comfortable if there are 20 other families and photographers wandering around, staring at him.
Last year I had a family that truly needed a peaceful location. And thank goodness we found it. It's private and quiet and just lovely. Within 10 minutes of walking away from your car, you feel like you're removed from life, the screaming of the last hour is gone and in it's place, children are running and giggling through wildflowers. I know it sounds hokey, but it's true!!
Now because it's private, it comes with a very small fee and it has to be reserved. Like now. Just sayin', people. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to do some reps. With my Sonic cup. hahahaha!