Sometimes I know within the first two minutes whether or not I’m going to take some great portraits from a photo session. Of course, the environment is important and I know that when I have a great backdrop (which is easy in Aspen) that I have a good chance of the photos being beautiful. But another huge factor in creating portraits that I really love and think will stand the test of time is working with people that are fun loving and playful. Of course, this can’t always be the case but the family in this portrait session were truly wonderful and so much fun to work with. The kids were so well behaved and sweet and enjoyed playing for the camera. They could switch from smiling to serious in a split second and make it look so natural! We shot around their beautiful house which helped make the children more comfortable and they could drift in and out during the session. I think access to snacks is another key to success when working with children! The textures of the wood and stone house, along with a colorful and thriving flower garden, added even more depth to the photographs. The natural light was beautiful as it reflected against the grainy wood and I only occasionally used a flash for fill as the light began to fade. When we were close to wrapping up the session we suddenly had the idea to take one of their outside benches in to the middle of the street of their quiet Aspen neighborhood and were rewarded with a few extra bonus shots that help give a sense of place … which I always like. I hope you enjoy these family photos taken during the tail end of summer. Now I’m looking forward to taking more portraits as the Aspen trees slowly start to change and we enter in to fall!