There are days when getting out of bed is just about the worst thing ever. This morning was one of those days. I had a bad night last night. Woke up around 3am thinking about all the things I need to get done, all the places we need to go, all the boxes that need to get checked off on a list that seems infinite in the extreme. I have a whole bunch of tricks for nights like these. I ask myself, “What can you do about this RIGHT NOW?” The answer is usually the same – nothing. I write down what’s worrying me. I do some deep breathing exercise I read about that is supposed to help you get back to sleep. And if all else fails, I go around and shut all the bedroom doors and spend the wee hours of morning cleaning my kitchen because it’s the one thing I can do right now. Those kind of mornings usually lead to me being tired and cranky by lunch. Awake before dawn usually doesn’t have the best connotation. Of course, there is exception to that rule. And this sunrise session of Folsom Lake Family Portraits is just that exception.
Jaimee and Brian have three very busy kids. Their oldest, Brianna, is heading off to college at the end of the month and, of course, family portraits were a must before she headed East to school. Trying to find a time that worked for all the kids schedules, my schedule and my kids schedule seemed almost impossible. Then it dawned on me – a sunrise session!! (and yes, I know that was a pun and it’s gross but I can’t help it!) This family LOVES the water and I knew we needed to get them next to some for a session. Folsom Lake was the perfect backdrop for this early morning session. We arrived to a perfectly empty beach just before the sun was about to crest the hills on the other side of the lake. You know I love sunset light, but this sunrise light was nothing short of glorious! It was a joy making these photos with this wonderful family. Watching these kids grow up has been such a pleasure and I just love every person in this family! Have a peek at this gorgeous session and next time you’re wanting to book a family portrait session, do yourself a favor and think about how lovely a sunrise session might be!