Oh, Mellon Park. The Walled Garden. Such a lovely place for photos. The garden was first built in the 1920s as part of the original Mellon Estate. It includes a lovely mix flowering perennials and trees, and some lovely stone sculptures, walls and steps that make for a really nice backdrop in portraits. The internet tells me that most of the hardscaping and the fountain are original to the 1929 construction. Anyway, it's gorgeous.
This family, who I have known and adored since both of our oldest kids were itty bitty babies, had moved away, and wanted a session while they were home visiting family. Well, what a great idea.
They suggested the Walled Garden in Mellon Park. Usually, as pretty as this spot is, I am not a huge fan of shooting there. Just because it is so popular with photographers, and the garden isn't a huge space, sometimes you have to wait around until someone is done using a spot to get out of your shot. And you know how much young kids love waiting. As if there wasn't already enough to think about while photographing. ;)
However, I figured that since we planned to meet on a Tuesday and it was threatening to rain that day, we'd have the place mostly to ourselves, but I was wrong. Still teeming with other photogs and their clients. But you know what? It was fine. We made it work. We also got to catch up a bit, as it had been at least a few years since we'd seen each other. So I'd say we did pretty well.