The Heslop Family // Mattawa Family Photography

Last fall, I was able to take the Heslop family’s photos in my hometown of Mattawa. It was a glorious, sunny, day and unusually warm for October. We went to a new (to me) park down by the river. It was so strange to see this nice park in the area where my cousins and I would run through the sagebrush and jump in the river. There are still a lot of sagebrush, but there are also nice trails, picnic tables, and a parking lot. It’s the little things in life! :)

The day before, we left Spokane pretty early to get to Mattawa and see my family. I packed my lighter portrait session kit, but didn’t do my standard double check. At 9pm that night, I realized that I had put Camera “A” in the spot where Camera “B” was supposed to live. And because I thought I grabbed Camera “B”, I had grabbed the batteries for Camera “B”. You know what I’m going to say right now, don’t you? The batteries don’t work together. And I didn’t know anyone in the area who would have them. So just after 9pm that night, I hopped back in my car and drove back to Spokane. I got home around midnight and put the correct battery on the charger…and fell into bed. I woke up five hours later and hopped in my car and drove back to Mattawa. I shot the session (it was amazing!), my mom fed my breakfast (thanks mom!), and then I took a two hour nap.

And until now, this sweet family had no clue I almost had to reschedule. Because yes, I could have done that, but I know the work that goes into preparing for your photography session. You’re trying to find an outfit. You’re trying to psych yourself up to get your photo taken, and then to have your photographer reschedule? Yeah, I don’t do that.

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Mattawa area residents: if you’re interested in getting more information about portrait sessions and my travel schedule, you can add yourself to this list. I’ll send you an email whenever I’ve got plans to be in the area, along with details on portrait pricing. You can also email me directly at emily@emilywenzel.com and I’ll send you details. :)

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