Ok so yes... there’s something about these blooms in springtime that I find completely irresistible. There's a melancholy to their fleeting beauty. Their wet, pink scent. The way they filter light. Perhaps living in the mountains for those 13 springs, where the world is nothing but mud brown and rushing water and no green until late May makes these technicolor trees I find in Denver, particularly vibrant to my eyes. I think of Doctor Suess as the hues buoy my winter mood.
Whatever it is, I'm almost grateful their time is short so that we are urged to stop and appreciate. AND have an excuse to do something silly in their midst. To create something joyful in the name of art.
A few words on the random nature of this different kind of session. This particular series came to be quite by accident. I was taking a women’s portrait class three years ago and wanted to practice my posing and directing. My available subject? My then 16 year old son. It just so happened that the trees were in bloom and we were forecast to get hit with a winter storm which I suspected would freeze the flowers. I had a hunch my boy's sense of humor might find this idea amusing, so grabbed some fabric from my backdrop collection, promised him a pizza, and into the flowering trees we ventured.
The teasers from that first session went silly viral and a springtime tradition was born.
And so here you go... the third installment of our silly blossom with fabric series!
Always gotta let the boy be himself, too. Perhaps you can discern which poses are all his?
If you’re curious, here are our old silly blossom posts:
Before we left these trees, as is also tradition, Gabe and I traded camera positions and he got a few shots of me, too... so... yeah... that's me!!
Later this summer my boy will be college bound. I'm already anticipating flying out to Savannah (where he'll be going for his BFA in Performing Arts at SCAD!) for next year’s installment. From what I see in photos, the trees out there are spectacular. I'm quite excited!
There are a few flowers left to bloom this spring -- want to do a blossom session? Drop me a line and we may still be able to squeeze in a happy, joyful flowering session with you!
Oh... and last but not least, I've included one final parting photograph that takes me back to my landscape & flower photographer days, back when I lived in Telluride and chased sunsets and great light all across the San Juan Mountains.
That light at the end of the day in behind these spring flowering trees, even right here in the heart of Denver, is truly extraordinary.