Some of my favorite photographs are of the Twins when they were two years old running carefree through a field of Texas wildflowers. Unfortunately, last year I was unable to take family photographs during the peak wildflower season. It really bugged me that I let this opportunity slip by. Therefore, I made it a priority this year to make sure I was able to capture my beautiful family with the gorgeous Texas wildflowers: Texas Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, Indian Blankets, and Lanceleaf Coreopsis.
Before heading out on our family trek, Amy had dressed Audrey in a nice blue dress and William in a monogrammed shirt and plaid shorts. As we were driving northwest on Texas Highway 290, Amy and I spotted a field covered in bluebonnets with many families enjoying the wondrous backdrop. As we pulled up, we paid our $10 and quickly unpacked. I tried to get some quick photographs while the clouds were covering and diffusing the 2 pm bright overhead sun. Unfortunately, the Twins' demeanor quickly waned and the thistles that were very prevalent throughout the field didn't help matters. Tears formed and it didn't look like I was going to be very successful in capturing many beautiful family portraits and good memories. Thankfully, Amy had packed some snacks that helped to boost the twins' mood.
After taking the Keck family portraits, we headed up to College Station to enjoy an awesome Philadelphia Cheese Steak sandwich at Hullabaloo Diner. The food and service were really good and I think the highlight of the meal was the "Cheddar Cheese Fries" that were topped with cheese and bacon. Ummm, bacon! You should have seen Audrey's upset face when the waitress thought we had finished with the cheese fries and took the basket. Didn't she see there was still cheese that Audrey was wiping up with the fries from her corndog meal?
As we headed home on Highway 6, Amy and I spotted a large hill on the side of the road covered by a multitude of colors: blues, oranges, and yellows. I quickly cut over three lanes of traffic to park on the side of the road. We carefully unpacked and I put on my 180mm f/3.5L lens on my Canon 5D Mark II dSLR camera. Sure, it is a macro lens but it also makes a very nice portrait lens.
Can you tell from the children portraits that the twins were in a much better mood after they had enjoyed a late lunch?
Which photograph is your favorite?
Have you taken your family portraits with the Texas wildflowers yet? The multitude of wildflowers will be gone in a couple of weeks. If you want some professional artwork of your family that you can hang on your wall, please contact me and we can setup a fun family session.
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