the livin' is easy

You don't need to be an artist to seek inspiration.

We all just have this one short life, and we need to do it right.  

Sometimes it helps to be inspired.

These guys might be just the inspiration you need. These guys will make you want to invite your friends over to sit in the backyard while children play in good old fashioned plastic yard toys, just like the ones from your own childhood.  They'll make you want to let the kids make mud pies while you thread kabobs and sip hard cider, the smell of honeysuckle eventually being overpowered by the grill. They'll make you want to listen to JJ Cale and early Springsteen and stay late into the evening so you can help your friends clean up so that they won't wake up to a dirty kitchen. 

You don't need to be an artist to be inspired by them. You just need to send the damn group text and make it happen.

This session was a part of a  giveaway that I held on Facebook a while back. The idea was that I wanted to  take pictures of families in their own spaces, living summer. I'm so happy Della won this and shared it with a group of friends, which got me thinking about how similar sessions could be orchestrated. If you and a group of friends would like to do something like this, it would be a way to get lots of candid natural photos with your friends, but we could also easily peel off individual families for a few minutes for more traditional family shots. Everyone in the group could pitch in on a two-hour session, which would make it an affordable way to get photos and a fun excuse to host a party.