The Ballington family contacted me around the beginning of 2020 to book a newborn session. Unfortunately, the COVID lockdown inhibited my ability to photograph their newborn session. Instead, we rescheduled and turned their newborn session into a three-month session for their son. The session went wonderfully! I was thrilled to hear from them a few months later after announcing I would be closing my Tucson business. They wanted to schedule a family session before I left. They wanted a downtown backdrop and booked the first weekend of September, since I was leaving Tucson September 30th. September in Arizona is always a hard month. After 90 and 100+ temperatures in May, June, July, and August, September feels like it should be cooling off, but it doesn’t. And it certainly didn’t the day of their session, it was 106 degrees!
Their sweet son was around 6-months old, and the heat is difficult for little ones. Our session only lasted around 45-minutes, but keeping babies in that heat is not safe. About halfway through our session, their little one took an air conditioning cool-down in the car for a break from the heat. In spite of the heat, the photos turned out lovely. Sessions with littles ones are more focused on interactions with mom and dad, than they are posing. I captured loves of hugs, kisses, cuddles, family togetherness, and sweet baby smiles.
We stayed on Meyer Street in downtown Tucson walking less than a quarter of a mile in total, but downtown Tucson is a plethora of Southwest beauty. Within that short distance were so many wonderful backdrops. Southwest style, cactus, art, sunlight, and wonderful colors, downtown Tucson was one of my favorite shooting locations. Even with the heat and short amount of time we had, I think their session turned out beautifully.