Moving to Duluth was a dream come true for our family (to find out why read my post, “Follow Your Heart and Your Life Will Follow“) so when Daley’s school had a silent auction, we bid on an outdoor photo shoot in order to capture our strong sense of place.
We won. Little did we know it would require getting up before dawn.
I emailed the photographer, Juileta Saurez, who had generously donated the gift certificate to the school, and explained that we wanted to have photos taken along the lake with the lift bridge in the background, both defining aspects of the Duluth landscape.
She responded that the best times to shoot outside are in the early morning or late evening.
Naively, I wrote back and said a morning shoot would be best — less likely to have tired and cranky kids (and parents) – and offered that anytime after 7 a.m. would be great.
She kindly replied that we should start at 5:45 a.m. before the summer sun comes over the horizon causing glare off the water and squinting.
5:45 a.m.? Seriously?!
That would mean getting up before 5 a.m. to get everyone fed, cleaned, dressed, and down to the lakeshore.
We started by taking “posed” pictures. Here are a few examples (see more on the blog’s “About” page).
Then, Julieta said, “Go. Play. Be yourselves.”
So we did what we normally do at the lake – climbed rocks, dug for sea glass, jumped from boulders, and examined stones – and she used a telephoto lens to capture our play (see photos at top).
Not only did we get fabulous photos of all four of us outside being active (usually I am behind the camera), we also enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness along the shore at the break of day. Getting up before the summer sun was worth it!
Have you ever gotten up as a family before the sun and enjoyed the outdoors? Share your experiences in the comments box below. Thanks!