family session ideas
When things got bad at Calistoga a few weeks ago, all I could think about was this sweet anniversary family session at Castello Di Amorosa.
Last year, when one of my very dear clients purchased a membership to Ewa Samples Photography, they said they want to use one of the sessions as their anniversary celebration. They wanted to do it in a special location!
We looked at locations within or very close to the Bay Area. We brainstormed for days. Each time we found something that they were happy to consider however there was another problem: did we want to pay hundreds of dollars of shooting permits on their grounds?
Was it worth it? – we thought.
Can we find something better? – yes, we knew we can.
So… the research continued.
As the research went on the proximity from the Bay Area grew bigger and bigger. Until we found just the spot.
Castello Di Amorosa in Calistoga
(this post is mixed with some iPhone shots of our family trip I made out of this session. Because I couldn’t just leave my kiddos behind when I was going to visit a CASTLE!)
This place looked perfect. My clients thought the same thing. We knew we found the spot. They did not charge for shooting permits which was an extra plus. The only charges were to buy a ticket to get in.
I booked a cute Airbnb cabin and in March 2019 we were off for a great adventure. Our cabin was in Santa Rosa without Internet or TV and I LOVED IT! We spent the entire weekend exploring the property we stayed at, playing board games, cooking some delicious breakfasts, and visiting downtown Calistoga.
For the Castello Di Amorosa, well, the place looked a little different in person. Smaller and VERY crowded. When I say “VERY crowded” I mean like elbowing people around you while trying to pass them in the narrow castle passages. Oh… the good old days when being in a crowded place was allowed… Hahaha…
As you look through my clients’ pictures (the slideshow below) you probably won’t believe me. However, in reality, I had to use all the magic of “the right angle” during this session. I went down, and left and right and “block” people with my clients so you can’t see them in the background, and more… My back was really hurting after this session because I’d put in a lot of workout during it. But it was well worth it!
The memories are spectacular and I will always think about this session as something special. Not every day I book sessions which give me the opportunity to travel to very cool places.
Today Castello di Amorosa is recovering from 5 million dollars of loss in wine due to the recent Glass Fire and I wish them all the best in their speedy recovery.
Those 60 minutes were full of laughter, kisses, and “that’s sooooo embarrassing” phrases. For the entire time I was editing this session I had a big smile on my face. I love every single photo from this session.
I simply adore this age when kids (well I hope their won’t read this post as I think, they would’t like the fact I called them “kids”), are still kids, but they starting to act like they are not. Hugs and kisses from mom or dad in public are, oh, so embarrassing…
When they first hugged and I heard the “oh, it’s so embarrassing” and “ewwww”, I immediately though of ways to make it even more embarrassing. Just for the fun of it. So I asked them to kiss.
And that’s how the kissing marathon began. At the end I was told it felt like it was their wedding day again 🙂
Also, there is a contest to win a photo session going on my Facebook page. Read more about it here!
If you’d like to chat about your session with me, please email to ewasamples(at)gmail.com
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Hope to hear from you soon,
Ewa, your Family Photographer
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