I was so excited when it worked out that my first shoot of 2010 was with the winners of my Giving Is Awesome giveaway. I think that means great things for 2010! When I emailed Alan on Christmas Eve to let him know he and his family were nominated and won, I was pleased to hear back that the whole family was game for a fun shoot at Paramount Ranch. I was so excited because it was my first time shooting there and Alan and Debbie were excited because they love Westerns and Alan had even visited the set of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman years ago, when it filmed on the ranch. Plus, their youngest, Willan, has a new cowboy hat that he’s currently obsessed with. Obviously, Paramount Ranch was the ideal place for this family shoot.
When we got the the ranch to meet up with the Armes’, some of the kids had fallen asleep on the drive over. Speaking from experience, getitng woken up in the middle of a nap is no fun at all, so I was preparing myself for a couple of grouchy kids, at least for the first few minutes. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth though – all four of them were smiley and happy and they blew me away with how smart and polite they were. It was obvious to me that this is a close and happy family and Alan and Debbie are great parents. I was excited to get started.
Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot. A big thank you to the Alan, Debbie, Brayden, Aubrey, Rethy and Willan for being such fun subjects. And also, thanks to their friend Natalie who nominated them!
There’s a beautiful old tree at the Ranch and I was very pleased to find that this family is a tree climbing family.
Clearly, the kids get it from their mom! :)
And here’s one of the two responsible for this lovely family.