It’s freakin’ cold here!! But at least the snow makes it pretty, right?
When I was a teen, I got a fortune cookie that read:
If you have a difficult task, give it to a lazy person and they will find an easier way.
I was raised that being lazy was about the worst thing you could be. Lying was the only worse thing than being lazy. So when I read this fortune, I realized that there was an under-appreciated super power in laziness. Being a non-lazy hard-worker, I could always find the hardest, most perfect way of doing things. But since that fortune cookie, I also ask myself “How would I do this if I were lazy?” What corners would I cut? And then I navigate the two ways depending on how much perfection is actually necessary.
And so, snowy portraits in the studio became a thing…
Over the years, I’ve had people get excited about having family portraits or some sort of shoot in the snow. For a while I kept a list of such folks to call when we’d get snow. One year I had 10 families on that list!
When it would actually snow though, not a single person wanted to dress up their family and get on the roads to meet at a park for the shoot. Honestly, I also let out a sigh or relief. I didn’t want to go out there either.
But guess what a lazy person would do?! Get some snowy woods backgrounds in the studio! We can shoot a snowy scene photo any time of year, and with climate control! Your makeup can stay perfect! Your kids can have snacks and hot cocoa. You can throw on a cute hat or scarf and call it a winter photo. You can have a “snowball fight” with wool dryer balls. We can have birds sit on your shoulder. All the wintery magic, with none of the frostbite.
Also, if there’s a place you really like… I can print a back ground for you. Any time. Snowy or otherwise. Lazy for the win.
My Solstice Gift to you is permission to be lazy this week. It’s the under-appreciated super power. 🙂