If you’ve been following my work for a while now, the Rogers family are familiar faces. This was my 7th year photographing them (although we’ve numbered more than 7 sessions, at this point) and definitely one of my favorites, if not THE favorite.
What I love about Sara, Jeremy, and Nicholas, is that they want to blend more traditional family portraits with real life experiences and documentary shots. Which is how we found ourselves starting our Saturday evening off on the steps of the Capitol, strolling through Capitol Park, and then walking through downtown Sacramento to the seasonal, outdoor ice rink.
Fun fact, I used to take figure skating lessons when I was younger, and for several years. I was decent, you know, with some spins and jumps, and a good Foxtrot game, but these days standing upright is my goal when I’m on the ice thanks to my wonky pelvis and knee. That said, I did consider – for a millisecond – strapping on my white figure skates and following them around the rink. And then I realized how large the bill would be if I fell (camera equipment and personal equipment) and thought better of it, staying safely on the sidelines with a longer lens.
I’m glad I did. I totally loved the challenge of trying to capture them together as a family between the desperately clinging hands of scores of kids frightened to let go of the edge.
I will miss photographing this family every year but I feel like we went out with a bang. And now Sara and I are friends on Facebook so we’ll be able to stay connected, whatever the future brings.
Enjoy this downtown adventure with the Rogers family!