As part of my personal work series of mother and child fairytale/spirit animal portraits, I ran a contest teamed up with Ally to offer one fairytale session on the house. The winner was Jaime and she was inspired by sparrows.
I love asking my fairytale clients which animal they feel inspired by because it's SO interesting to hear their responses. Sometimes it seems like you could guess but then they announce a surprise animal and you get all creatively juiced up! Sparrows were a challenge for Ally & I but we were excited to jump in.
We decided to go with a Mary Cassatt type feel; motherly and warm with a focus on nesting. We were thrilled when the weather looked wonderful that afternoon as we got the girls ready in hair and make up.
Of course, by the time we arrived at our location it had literally turned to freezing rain and gusting ICY wind. We worked only for about 20 minutes before poor little Gracie had had enough and even us grown ups were starting to really feel the pain.
Both Jaime & Gracie were total troopers and their intense connection shone through the crazy weather to make for some truly breathtaking images.