Polaroid Project Day 2 photo 8

Shannon Purdy Polaroid project Day 2-8 by JW Purdy

Last Sunday I had planned for us to head out sometime around midday for our weekend photo shoot. After having done really nothing of importance all morning I found myself wanting a nap, wow, lazy I know right. Working six days at two different jobs makes me feel like I have the right to do absolutely nothing on my Sunday if I don’t want to. Yet somewhere in the back of my mind, I know that this is the one day I have to really spend with our family and I’ll run around all day doing family stuff with the Purdy crew. Now with most of the kids away at school and having a new project, we really focus on shooting and finding locations to work. It is always so much fun and a wonderful way to spend our time together. After waking from my short nap we headed out just to scout for a location. I was disappointed in myself and thought I had wasted too much time napping for us to get a shoot completed but I was still hopeful there may be an outside chance.  We headed West from the house into the setting sun. We had seen many times on our travels several locations that would be perfect for shooting and wanted to see if it was really going to be possible without getting in trouble. After driving for about 30 minutes Shannon was ready to throw in the towel and head back home. I told her just to give it a few more minutes.

Ten minutes later and we found something interesting and turned down a little farm to market road. As we headed down the road we saw a huge tractor sitting in an empty rice field. Just our luck, someone was already there taking photos of it. It is really hard to believe we ran into another photographer, golden hour or not, in this very rural farming area. We continued down the road past the scene a mile or so and stopped to read a historical marker sign. As I read the woman that had been taking photos of the tractor passed by in her van. I quickly jumped in our car and Shannon and I head back for some photos in the setting sun. Being that it was golden hour I loaded the color film pack into the camera. I couldn’t think of a better time to shoot color film, golden hour with a big green tractor as a prop. I really should have taken my shots more sparingly. I missed a wonderful shot that we thought of after I was out of film. I did end up getting the photo but I took it was my Canon and not the Polaroid. I will post it after all the Polaroids are up on the site.

In this, our last photo Shannon is just cheesing for the camera. She is such a character and makes life so much fun. It is very hard to capture someone’s personality on film but every once in a while during long projects, I get a few photos that give you a glimpse of it. She really is wonderful and the love of my life.

Until next time,

JW Purdy