When my young ones were little, we used to take them to the San Antonio Missions every spring for portraits. Back then they didn't have rules about professional photography on the grounds so there were always brides, quinceanera girls and families having portraits made and soft boxes and reflectors were everywhere. It was hard to compete for a clear background and it was hard to move around without getting in someone's shot.
It's no surprise that the Mission staff had to put restrictions on professional photography on the site. Now they require an appointment and charge a hefty fee. It's cut down on the number of sessions going on at any one time and it's opened the Mission up after hours as well for portrait sessions.
My beautiful clients, Priscilla and Gabriel, reserved an after-hours shoot the other day and I was lucky enough to come along. When you reserve for an after hours shoot, you get your own private staff member with keys to the buildings to help you and let you into places you might not be able to otherwise go.
We were hoping for clear skies this evening because it had been raining on and off for days. We got stormy skies instead, but that worked out okay for some of those dramatic shots.
Mission San Jose is a peaceful place after hours. You can almost hear the walls talking.
Lisa On Location Photography