I was so happy to get a message from Will’s mom, Dana, saying that she’d like to make some Missoula children’s portraits of Will at this stage in his life (he’s 5-years-old) and that she’d like to document him in one of his favorite places. I just adore sessions like this because they’re less about posed images and more about capturing Will just as he is. Which is exactly what we did. And, just as I suspected, we had a blast!
We had our session in a place that Will visits often, and he led the way, dashing off excitedly to show me some of his favorite nooks and crannies in the woods. He shared with me his love of pretty autumn leaves (red and yellow! big and small!), demonstrated the best way to turn a stick into a broom (that flies really, really fast!), proved just how far he could throw rocks into the creek (the bigger the better!), promised me that moss indeed is soft (he cheek-tested it for me), showed me how quickly he can run (really, really quickly!), tossed piles of leaves into the air like confetti (giggling all the while), informed me of the most perfect kind of sticks one should play with (big, tall sticks are the coolest), and climbed as high as he could climb on some pretty stellar playground equipment (he’s taller than everybody!).
Will (and Dana!) – what a treat this was to see the world through Will’s eyes. I loved getting to meet you both and hearing all about Will’s favorite things. I’m so glad you’ve documented your sweet boy at this lively, vivacious stage in his life, and I hope these images bring you joy and fond memories for years to come!
On the docket: weddings and portraits and more weddings and portraits! Stay tuned!