I was getting the family in their very first pose/set-up and asking them to sit in the tall grass among this beautiful Russian olive tree grove. Everyone (even the husband and kids!) were excited and ready to start when all of a sudden the little dark-haired angel started crying. And she had blood dripping from her finger.
Were there goat-heads or thorns here that I hadn’t seen?! No, she was cut by a blade of grass. A very sharp blade of grass. This little 5 year old was just in tears and her mommy took her back to the car to get cleaned up. My heart just ached for her, but I knew I could recover this session. Mom hadn’t gotten them all dressed up and beautiful for nothing!
When she came back with a napkin wrapped tightly around that finger, her mom was afraid it was over…that we’d have to reschedule. The little darling pretty much refused to go anywhere near the grass, but I convinced her to come with me and just stand for her pictures.
Little by little she began to have more and more fun, and began to completely forget about her ouchy. A few minutes later, I actually convinced her to lay down on the bark and got this (photo below), which is probably my favorite portrait in their session! But I may be a little bit biased, knowing what a brave little girl she was to get there. And from the rest of their pictures, you’d never guess about the drama that almost ended their session before it even began.