I have been humming and practically skipping around my house for the last week or so - my whole family has noticed it.
That's what happens when you make someone who gets so much joy out of her work *not* do it at all for two months... and then she gets going doing it again.
It's been a good week, guys.
These outdoor minishoots with little kiddos in their yards are going so well! I have another long post about them with more general info here, but I'll give you a little background here, too, though. I'm calling them
Social Distancing Outdoor Minishoots
And they're the most creatively fabulous thing I've introduced into my world in years. I am just ADORING them.
Because I've gone back to my roots. Backyard photoshoots, complete with dirt-in-mouth!
I was explaining it to my kids at dinner tonight with this example and they got laughing so hard.
I said, guys, these backyard social distancing minishoots are so awesome! Babies can eat the dirt in their own backyards! I'd forgotten how great backyards are because I do so many location sessions in places like the Public Garden... but we can't let babies eat the dirt in the Public Garden! The dirt there is gross! Backyard dirt is a whole different story. It's soooo much better.
My kids laughed at me.
But I stand by it.
Not to mention, these moments?
These not-yet-walking, but walking moments?
These mama cuddles with squishy little legs moments?
So incredible to have documented.
And next summer those legs will look different, they really will.
And I can be FAR away.
That's really the coolest thing. I'm shooting these really differently than I normally do.
I stay AT LEAST 6+ feet away at all times.
For example - see these photos?
Look where I was when I shot that set of photos...
Far away, right? My zoom lens is goooooood.
I can still do the beautiful portraits you love, even from far away.
My area of expertise. And we find ways to do it outside. I love a challenge.
To keep myself safe, I not only stay far away, I also wear a mask, and gloves.
I pay attention to the way the wind is blowing. Before I go back to my car I remove my gloves so they're inside out so I can throw them away before I touch the door of my car. I don't eat in my car anymore. I have a spot where I keep my mask when I carefully remove it after shooting.
It's crazy complicated, all the things I'm thinking about.
But it's working.
I feel like I'm learning a whole new skill set: "coronavirus-aware location shooting".
It's a lot, honestly. These sessions are complex and they have a lot of moving parts. But my years of experience make me uniquely qualified to do these and do them well.
I have a lot on my mind as I'm doing these, not to mention all the complexities of taking photographs of young children. This is a lot more than just having me show up and snap some photos.
But I'm ready for it!
But I really do feel like I was made for this.
It's a wild new world, but it's creatively absolutely thrilling, honestly.
I'd love to see you in your outdoor space this spring or summer.
Time to eat some dirt!
Ready to book? Check out my schedule here.
(From years of shooting outdoors in New England, I say GO FOR IT sooner than later, guys. Summer can get hot. Fall can get cold. We're in a sweet spot. Grab it.)
Curious about pricing, etc.?
These are priced the same as my Public Garden Minishoots. They're 20 minutes, and the bonus is that instead of having you come see me in downtown Boston, instead, now I come to you, to your outdoor space.
I charge $275 as my minishoot session fee and if you want to own all the high-res JPGs afterwards (lots of my clients like to do that) that's an additional $500 after my minishoots. There are usually 25-40 final images after a minishoot.
I'm Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.
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