Winter is gone, and sweet Spring has sprung! The Bradford pears have bloomed and already have given a flurry of their own snow, their white blossoms wistfully wafting down to the green grass. But as beautiful as this spring will be, winter is not far enough removed to be forgotten. It was a nasty one! With temperatures seemingly below freezing more often than above, we had freezing rain, freezing roads, and frozen toes! The winter of 2015, had it's highs and lows, but the peaks seemed overshadowed by the valleys, didn't they?
However, we all remember our one big snow, back in February. One local meteorologist predicted one inch of accumulation, another four to six inches. But we Alabamians have become quite skeptical of snow forecasts. We all have that conspiracy theory in the back of our heads that meteorologists in north Alabama have some kind of handshake agreement that leads to a sizable monetary kickback from local grocers. And still, we all pack the grocery stores and lineup for what ever bread and milk is still left in the isles, but mostly we don't expect much: a flurry here, a snowflake there.
But on February 25th, we were in for something big! The snow was predicted to arrive beginning around 10:00am., but all morning and into the early part of the afternoon, all we had was dreary, gray skies. Then at about 3:00pm the flakes started pouring. It didn't take 10 minutes to see that it wasn't going to let up anytime soon, and that it would accumulate on all surfaces--grass, concrete, and asphalt.
Immediately, I sent a 'Hail Mary' into the distant end zone that is Facebook. "Snow Shoot!!" I would post. After all, the Tennessee Valley may get a dusting of snow every once in awhile, but nothing like what I saw coming down outside my window--at least not often! "Likes" came pouring in on my long shot of a status, but no takers. A couple of people wished they could participate, who were either too far away or lived in an area that found a mountain (literally) between us. So far, nothing was feasible.
Then local model Victoria Norris chimed in, and it was on!
By the way, this is Victoria. Isn't she adorable??
Her driveway is on a slight slope, so I met her at her place, and we just shot in her backyard! Usually this would present challenges, but when it snows, your background is going to be pretty much, well, white. No obstacles there.
What we got was a lot of fun, a lot of "Gasp! I almost fell" moments, and some beautiful photographs! Sure, Victoria is past her high school days (not by much!), but these are the kind of photographs I love to make with any client of mine. And it is even more rewarding and special when we manage to strike when the iron is hot.
Or on this day, very, very cold!
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