It must have been the coldest day of the year. Freezing. Frigid. Brisk. The fog and rain threatened snow. When dreaming up which concept to do next for this series of personal projects, inspiration struck in the form of a Christmas tree farm. It absolutely helped that it was early December. Tree farms are special, magical places. Growing up in the Northwest, we’re surrounded by these trees everywhere we look. My family made it a tradition to always pick out our tree together. There were years we headed up to the mountains – a la Griswold – and hiked until we found the perfect one. Sometimes spending hours at the search. Other years, we supported the local boy scout troop and made our selection from their tree lot. Since we’ve moved to Seattle, Billy and I have found a middle ground and made our way to a farm, this one being our favorite, Farmer Brown’s. Christmas carols serenade you from hidden speakers, trees are perfectly sheared, and cider or cocoa waits patiently at the end of the road, rewarding you for enduring the cold in the pursuit of the perfect symbol of Christmas.
I imagine these two really love the enchantment of the season to have chosen a location like this one for their session. This is yet another example of how much variety you can glean from one simple location. Pick something that speaks to you as a couple and just let it happen between the two of you. Ultimately it’s about you and your love for each other, more than it’s about the background.
A HUGE thank you to Meaghan and Matt who were my lovely models for this session, you were so amazing! To Barbie for letting me borrow them without hesitation, and to Yessie Libby for the gorgeous hair and makeup.
This entire session was captured with a Mamiya 645AFD and an 80mm 2.8 lens using Kodak Portra 800.