Glory and her parents were visiting from Maryland and called to schedule a portrait session for her. I photographed Glory’s parents wedding just a few years ago so it was a thrill to see them again and meet the new addition. We chose the Phoenix Botanical Gardens for the portrait session because it offers a great variety of backdrops and environments, plus, it is just a nice walk.
Here are some of my favorites from the morning.
Glory didn’t stop moving the entire morning. She’s a very busy little girl. Fortunately, there are a lot of paths to walk and wear her out…
I loved this shot. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I have become increasingly more aware of cute little dresses. I like the fact that the flower in her hand is so subdued in comparison to the vivid print on the dress.
This is my absolute favorite shot of the day. I love the long grass, the dress, the backlight and then the treatment helps put it all together.
And this is a great companion image to the previous.
When I was taking this photograph, I was thinking about W Eugene Smith’s photograph, The Walk to Paradise Garden. It’s not the same, but it’s one of those things that makes me smile, when I see something in front of me that reminds me of something great from the past. If you have not seen photographs by W Eugene Smith, I suggest it as a great activity for the evening.
There’s nothing better than reading next to a big bear that is five times your size!
I love this one. She looks so happy tucked in with her pillow and her book. Her smile is infectious.
It was a pleasure and an honor to photograph Glory. I am glad to have caught so many images that I would love to have of my own daughter. I suppose that is my ultimate goal, to be a little jealous of my client’s photos…
Child Portraits by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: Phoenix Botanical Gardens and Home in Scottsdale, Arizona