UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
Awhile back, my good friend Sam hosted an event called High Heels and Hand Bags to raise money for FIRST (Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types) and I donated a discounted session to the raffle. I was thrilled when I found out that the winner, Rosina, wanted pictures taken at her in-law’s alpaca farm. A photo session at an alpaca farm? Sign me up!
I knew as soon as Mary (Rosina’s mother-in-law) invited me into her home and told me to make myself comfortable that these were my kind of people. Kid’s shoes piled up outside the front door, a swing set in the backyard, and a familiar home that just makes you want to sit down and chat over a cup of coffee. It all made sense when I found out that they used to live in a town just outside of Asheville, NC. I have a deep love for the land and people of North Carolina. I was born and raised in Georgia but spent many a-vacation in eastern NC with my dad’s family. Something about meeting North Carolina folk just seems familiar.
In between taking pictures the grandparents, kids, and grandkids, I enjoyed chatting with Mary about how she and her husband had ended up with an alpaca farm. (I mean, how does one end up with acres of land and pens full of alpacas?) Turns out the kids wanted a family business to carry on and bring them closer together. After looking into several options, Mary and Bill chose a location, moved, and started an alpaca farm. I got to learn quite a bit about alpacas too…breeding, selling, sheering, and the fact that they really aren’t that stinky!
When we spoke before our session, Rosina mentioned having a couple alpacas in the pictures. After rounding them up, the alpacas were ready for their photo debut. (I would like to point out that they even posed just like in the sign!) I couldn’t believe how quickly and easily these photos came together. Two alpacas and and two-year-old? I was anticipating some serious challenges, but they never happened. I have a few out-takes with funny faces and bunny years…but that’s just because this family has so much fun together!
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Thanks for having me out, Rogers Family! I loved learning more about alpacas and am so glad that I got the chance to be a part of all the love and fun you guys have together.