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An Autumn Family Shoot

Waiting for the rain to pass.

It was all going so well.  The Met Office app and the forecast did not show one bit of rain. Not one bit.  Not even a slight outside minuscule chance.  Sunshine with clouds it said.  Perfect.

I’d arranged to meet Kylie, Liam and their bundle of cuteness Amelia at a local park for their shoot and just as their car pulled up, it started that sheet-spitting-mist-that’ll-soak-you-through, type affair.

We’ll wait, we agreed.  This wasn’t forecast.

Five minutes later, we ventured out the cars. Probably just a passing shower. So we started our shoot.

As we got into one of the side gardens, the rain started again.  Kylie and Liam took refuge under their massive golf brolly as there was no shelter close by.  I put my sexy rain hood up and covered my camera and gear inside my oh-so-beautiful waterproof.  They decided to feed Amelia while we’d reached a natural break.

Then it started.

The Forrest Gump: “Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.”

Oh. Sweet. Moses.

So we have a gorgeous little sleepy girl who has had a bottle and is in a snoozy milk coma but is getting cold. Everything is getting wet and quite frankly it’s miserable.  I have that sinking feeling where you just think: “This ain’t gonna happen”.  We chatter quickly through our options but are struggling on trying to reschedule, especially before Christmas.  Let’s get back to the cars.  (I have rain dripping off my nose – NICE.)

As we got there and were about to call off, someone turned the tap off. The promised sunshine with clouds appeared, lighting up the autumn colours and we worked to get their family shots.

In our house, we use the phrase “It could all turn on a sixpence” a lot.  When things aren’t going the way you thought, we just remind ourselves that in the next minute, the next hour, the next day, the next week etc. it can all change and work out for the better.  

So on this day, I’m glad we waited.  Because we did, we also got to see Amelia’s eyes open and managed a few precious shots of her looking at the camera.   I’m glad the rain pelted us.  It made me appreciate the glow and warmth of that sunshine all the more.  Because of the weather we got a variety of light: cool and even to start, finishing with bright and glistening. 

I’m glad we got our chance.  This was our only shot. So we took it. xx

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