family inspiration session in the woods

I am so excited to take features to a whole new level and start sharing full sessions on the blog!

There are so many wildly talented photographers in our community. While our featured collections are so much fun, it’s only right to make sure you see more than just one image when a session is this good – it’s time to tell the whole story.

For our first Session Feature, we’re sharing an edgy + free spirited family session from Alexis Fitzgerald.

Enjoy our behind the scenes interview and get inspired for your next shoot!

a couple embracing

Tell me a little bit about where your inspiration for this session came from?

I was actually inspired by the dress my client wore! Normally, I feel inspired by a piece of clothing, and this dress did just that. It’s free flowing, a little bit edgy, and nearly transparent. Much like the mama who wore it. 

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

Did you help style your clients in any way?

Yes, I wanted the mama and her dress to be the main focus (besides the love this family shares). So I went ahead and had the boys go for neutral colors, and skin showing- we know how I love my skin tones. 

a couple embracing

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

How did you find your location and what do you love about it?

This location is a park just about 15 minutes from me, one that my family visits often to hike and explore. It has creeks, fields, and great light on a sunny evening. Although we shot in between storms that day, so we were left with a moody, overcast light. It was pretty awesome! I love that this location gives my clients room to move and to explore. It almost feels like we’re off on an adventure even though we are in the middle of a neighborhood.

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

What is your favorite image from the session and why?

 

I have to say that my favorite image from this session is the one cropped close to the little baby they are growing, you can see both parents smiling close, and the sleeves of the dress are swaying with the wind just a little bit. I love those intimate moments that help you to understand the amount of love shared between my subjects. A close crop and hands always do that for me. 

 

 

a couple embracing

What did you learn from shooting this session? 

This session reminded me to face my subjects towards the light on super overcast days. I have a habit of loving backlit images outdoors, and I dealt with a lot of shadows on faces that I probably could have avoided by shifting my clients in the other direction. 

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

 

Did you struggle with anything during this session?

I actually did, I struggled with the “sitting on the blanket “ portion of my session. I totally had big ideas for this part of my session, and when I instructed them into it, it was a total fail. It happens sometimes and I moved onto my next idea, but I’ll be practicing this more! 

 

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

See more of Alexis’ beautiful work on her instagram and be sure to join our facebook group and share your work with us to be featured on the next Inspiration Session!
a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

son sitting on fathers shoulders

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

a beautiful red haired mother with family in a green field

couple in a field