What does your family do for fun together? Are you the board game family that spends evenings around the table? Do you hike together or hit the waves? Maybe you all like to curl up on the couch and read a book together? This family rides bikes together. When they aren't training for another triathlon, they are riding the trails in the woods.
Mountain Biking has fast become a fabulous sport taking over the trails in woods all over the country. I realize often people don't associate Florida and Mountain Bikes, but there are some premiere places right here in the Tampa Bay area. Alafia River State Park according to The SWAMP Club "is one of the most favored off-road biking choices in Florida. Skilled riders are traveling from all over the state to ride this collection of scary drops, off-camber hillside ledges, high speed banked turns and intimidating ridge top trails. This single-track is built on the rugged terrain of what was once a phosphate mining site. Currently, there are about 20 miles of trails at Alafia." If you are into biking it a must ride location!
When I first met with this homeschool family to talk about a session it was hard to narrow down a great way to tell their whole story. I asked her what kind of session would mean the most to them and her response was "Natural, Unposed, Unrehearsed, Random, and Spur of the Moment. We hit all of those points right on the head! They are incredibly active, travel often and are not exactly routine based (one of the reasons I love them so much). They live life to the fullest teaching their children not only that important school stuff but the even more important life lessons like kindness, how to talk to people, how to the make most out of any situation, and how to always have fun.
Having long sessions like this with a family gives plenty of time for everyone to settle in and for the kids to let their guards down. This makes getting an environmental portrait so natural easy. It also allows me to steal moments that otherwise would go unnoticed. When I hang out for so long, my camera just becomes part of the environment.
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