I always love working with clients who want to surprise a loved one with a unique present. However, these surprise portrait sessions always come with two challenges.
Meeting the Challenge
The first is timing. When I received the email from Georgia’s mom, Kristin, she was hoping to receive the finished images before the Christmas. The holiday was just a month away. So, we had to coordinate schedules to quickly fit in the portrait session.
The second challenge was the toughest part—keeping it secret and figuring out a how to sneak it in without getting caught! As luck would have it, we almost did get caught when Georgia’s dad came home a little earlier than expected. Fortunately, Kristin and I were able to wrap things up, so I could make a quick escape and hopefully keep the session a secret.
What to Gift
During our pre-session discussions, Kristin and I talked about the types of products and images she was looking to have created from Georgia’s session. She was hoping for beautiful, black and white, wall art of Georgia she could display around her home. She also wanted lifestyle portraits which required that I step a little—but not too far—out of my comfort zone.
Once I started sorting and editing the images from the session, I selected images that I believed would make the best black and white images. The fall colors—and Georgia’s coat markings—looked really fantastic in color, so I decided to include some of them in the final collection to show Kristin.
A Puppy’s Wonder
The leaves fell in a shower of color as Georgia watched with wonder. She was quite curious about the objects falling from the sky!
Georgia’s 2014 Autumn Portrait Session from Karen Hocker on Vimeo.