I had this crazy idea pop into my head to have a tea party in the dry lake bed, because I love juxtaposition and images that stop and make you think. First I needed people for the tea party and since I didn’t want the usual princess tea party, I chose a father and daughter combo. It’s mostly mothers who come to me for family portraits, but fathers are just as important for children to be photographed with. So, I had an idea and willing participants, but nothing to stage a proper tea party. I scoured a few thrift stores and found the PERFECT tea pot, some cute plates, cups and saucers – even crystal candle holders!
The day of the session the wind was blowing incredibly hard and didn’t let up, I had some reservations but decided to give it a go. It took three adults at least 20 minutes to put a couple of table cloths on a table. Setting a table in gusty conditions isn’t something I recommend but I can add it to my list of skills now. By the time everything was set up, the sun was disappearing behind the mountain and we were losing light fast!
We captured some great images and the lighting was gorgeous showcasing the pastel colors of the desert. The relationship between this father and daughter really shines through. She was so excited about the tea party, and she referred to it as “the most special tea party”. We partied until the sun went down and packed up in the dark.