People often ask me what the day in the life of a photographer actually consists of…and I am here to tell you that it’s neither glamorous nor sexy, but it IS rewarding. Looking through this album with these wonderful parents to be, I can tell you that all the sweat and sunflower chasing was worth it.
This glorious moment captured between these two has a funny back story. In our initial contact, the only thing they requested was to find a sunflower field we could shoot in. As you can see here, we are neither on a farm nor surrounded with sunflowers, so let me try to explain.
South Carolina has experienced heat this summer even the devil couldn’t survive in, meaning it was going to be hard finding anything green, let alone a field of sunflowers after their season had passed. It took several calls to local farmers, different flower shops and a handful of dead numbers to finally find an angel from Yuri Hana Flower Farms who was kind enough to help. In the most honey coated southern drawl, he managed to point me in the direction of what he thought was a field we could use and the conversation went something like this:
“Yes, hun you are going to need to take a left at the highway 378 connector in the heart of Conway and go until you see a sign for Pee Dee Exchange…..yes, like P-E-E D-E-E exchange. Once you hit that store you’re going to turn right, yes honey you can’t miss it, and go until you see the trailer on the hill to the left. That’s owned by the Johnson family and they have been there for decades. Momma lives in the trailer and her son lives in the house off the main road. They have a field that is planted with sunflowers and I am sure they would have no problem with you taking some photos there.”
Well, the California girl in me was having a bless your heart, big eyed, sweaty palmed moment because not only did I NOT know what the 378 was, all I really was asking for was the address to put into my GPS. That’s not how the south operates, so I took his wonderfully kind words and scribbled it frantically onto my hand. Low and behold 378 pulled up on my GPS so off I trudged down the backroads of SC to find the Pee Dee Exchange. Once I hit the store I took the instructed right turn and started searching for this magical trailer on a hill nestled amongst my sunshine chasing friends. Now if you are from this area and know anything about the Pee Dee Exchange or the area it resides you are giggling because every house you come across is a trailer….on a hill.
This wouldn’t stop the search on my end because I knew I was just moments from driving up to a field of smiling, sun chasing, golden beauties and all of this sweating (because my truck was overheating at this point and I didn’t have ac) was going to be totally worth it. Funny thing was, I finally find the mythical tailer with the amazing field I am searching for and this is my view.
Yes, these are pictures of a giant field filled with the saddest, deadest, most unhappy looking sunflowers a girl has ever seen. At this point my pride is hurt, my car is screaming at me to add coolant and I am defeated. Insert the comical background music and the WOMP WOMP WOMPPPPPP.
But wait!! Because there is a moral and a point to this sunflower chasing story. As photographers sometimes things fall through, fields of beautiful sunflowers die, air conditioning units break and you have to rely on the wonderful help from a very kind southern neighbor. As professionals we are both ready for this and willing to make the sacrifices needed to ensure our clients leave both happy and satisfied. Without this mishap, I would never have captured the amazing images that I did and things like the pictures below would have only been a figment of my imagination.
All I am saying is get outside and chase the sunflowers already because it adds SO much joy and happiness in unexpected places. =)
From the forever hopeful photographer at Kali Klicks