When one takes family photos one tries to think of all the obvious challenges -- "who will go in front?" and "how do I pose this family without making it look cheesy?!"
One forgets that in most cases the best shots are snaps that come between the over-thought intention and happen while one is not supposed to be looking.
Thank God the "in-between" continued to be rich as I shot photos of the McCombs.
Sure, we took more traditional shots too - ones that were, yes, adorable but maybe didn't involve as much open-mouth laughing and obvious skepticism. We'd planned to hang out by the lake but rain that morning meant that we headed to Garfield Conservatory. None of the McCombs had been to the Conservatory so that meant that in addition to photos there would be exploration of plants and the breathing of air so fresh you'd swear you weren't in Chicago.
Rain can be good.
It makes one go to places she's never been before. And also - let us not forget that place isn't as important as people.
And these people are terrific.