Once upon a time – roughly three weeks ago – I took my automated horseless carriage to a beautiful land far, far away, very far away, almost a full thirty minutes, in fact… It was a dazzling place exemplifying both nature and manicured elegance, a scene so wondrous it might have been modeled from some old story-telling tapestries that I’ve never seen or heard of, but that I’m sure exist. Yes, that’s right: I’m talking about the mystical land of Aldie, Virginia.
…I’m joking. …But only mostly. I met this wonderful family on the border of Aldie and Leesburg , and I was taken aback with how beautiful the location was. There are certainly some beautiful landscapes in Virginia, but this especially looks like a fairy tale to me. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.
You can pretty much imagine how the story would go: two adventurous children exploring the fantastical places hidden behind some magical gated portal of some kind… or is that just Narnia? In any case, it seems appropriate here. These pictures pretty much tell a story.
And best of all, there were no unpleasant fairy tale surprises! Those flowers won’t even put you to sleep for a hundred years if you sniff them! No matter how much you look like a princess, apparently.
The magical ambiance is certainly helped when you’re photographing a family as elegant as this one. The proud parents, the playfulness of these two little girls – nothing says childhood adventure like running around outside in bare feet – not to mention everyone’s stylish, perfectly coordinated outfit choices. And the bridge. Bridges, gates, children… You need at least two of those to make a fairy tale, right?
And I know I’m not the only one who appreciated it. “A” (above) is an aspiring photographer who had some inspired suggestions for certain shots during the session. Thanks, A!
All together now! I imagine this would be the happy ending, right? But does it count as a happy ending if the whole story was happy? And if it’s not an ending…? Okay, I take it back. It’s just happy.
To this beautiful family, thank you for taking me on this adventure and for showing me this beautiful location! It was such a pleasure to meet you all, and to photograph your family portraits (in case you couldn’t tell by how much fun I had with this blog post). Have a happy rest-of-summer!