Lifestyle Family Photography | Iceland | Burke Vacation

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I’ve said it before in this blog, but Iceland was tough. Aurora just started experiencing little bouts of separation anxiety before we left which was amplified by 10000 by leaving her routine and being thrust into a foreign country. We were all tired and it was rainy and cloudy every day except the day we arrived and our last day. I feel like I sound like I’m just complaining, and how lucky are we to even have been able to go on a trip like this. Which is true. But I am a firm believer that we have enough unrealistic comparisons out there. There is so much posturing in today’s social media world, and I never want to do that. So, it was hard. I didn’t enjoy a lot of it. I was excited for all the amazing images I expected to have, both lifestyle family photography and honest documentations of our trip and a few styled shoots. I think I got that, but it was a challenge to take pictures in the weather, and so I was easily discouraged.

However, I do think that is a little unfair to Iceland. It was beautiful. I kept telling Michael it looked like Hawaii, like a very cold tropic island. Everything was this intense green and covered in vibrant royal purple lupine. The fog hovered feet above the ground and you really felt you were in another world. We spent a couple days in Reykjavik before heading further into the golden circle near Seljalandsfoss and then on to Oxford.

In Reykjavik we booked a whale watching tour and puffin viewing tour. The puffin tour was incredible, we were the only people on the tour and we got to view these protected islands that are home to thousands of puffins. They swooped and dove all around us fishing and Rory was mesmerized. The whale watching tour wasn’t as enjoyable as it was so windy I couldn’t tell the difference between a whale breaking the surface and the whitecaps.

landscape photography of the iceland coast at Krýsuvíkurbjarg
landscape photography of the iceland coast at Krýsuvíkurbjarg view of the gulls
landscape photography of the iceland coast at Krýsuvíkurbjarg details of grass and rocks
landscape photography on the iceland coast with winding roads
Kleifarvatn lake landscape photography in Iceland family vacation
landscape photography details of icelandic flora
landscape photography details of icelands lupine flowers
lifestyle family photography vacation to reykjavik row homes and Hallgrimskirkja
Hallgrimskirkja at summer solstice
lifestyle family photography the photographer in Hallgrimskirkja
details of Hallgrimskirkja
lifestyle family photography father holds daughter on puffin tour
landscape photography birds fly and fish over water off the coast of reykjavik
lifestyle family photography father holds daughter as they look for puffins
landscape photography details of puffin island off coast of reykjavik
lifestyle family photography mother holds daughter on puffin tour boat

We spent another day driving around the golden circle, stopping in Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss. After a failed diaper at Thingvellir our hike was cut very short. The surprise to us all was Gullfoss. It was incredible, like Niagara Falls, but you could literally walk right up to it. Even more incredible, Rory kept asking to get closer and closer. Fear? Not a bit. This girl is going to give us a run for our money.

Settling into the more remote areas of Iceland was interesting with a toddler. We bought the wrong type of “mjolk” for Rory, which ended up being a form of liquid yogurt and ended in many tears of disappointment. Our air bnb had views of a volcano in the distance, but we never saw it with the heavy fog. We got pizza one night that ended up having dollops of cream cheese on it. We almost got stuck in a river trying to get to a canyon. It was also the day with the most amazing sights. We found a waterfall inside a cave. We saw faint outlines of mountains covered in fog with no sign of people anywhere for miles.

landscape photography on rainy iceland golden circle
landscape photography clouds cover the roads in iceland
landscape photography views of the lake before downpour
landscape photography views of the icelandic country side and sheep farm
iceland landscape photography on a cloudy day
lifestyle family photography toddler runs around thingvellir national park
lifestyle family photography toddler plays with rocks in thingvellir national park
landscape photography views overlooking thingvellir national park
lifestyle family photography father holds daughter in thingvellir national park
lifestyle family photography mother holds daughter overlooking thingvellir national park
toddler sits on rock wall in iceland lifestyle family photography
folliage at thingvellir national park in iceland
dad and daughter look at sheep in thingvellir national park in iceland
rock formations with greenery at thingvellir national park landscape photography
buildings at thingvellir national park
gullfoss waterfall on an overcast day landscape photography
lifestyle family photography dad holds daughter at gullfoss waterfall in iceland
details of lupine floral at gullfoss waterfall in iceland
rushing river near gullfoss in iceland landscape photography
dad holds daugher as they explore Geysir in Iceland lifestyle family photography
landscape photography geothermal pool in iceland
seljalandsfoss waterfall and blades of grass details in iceland
lifestyle family photography dad and daughter walk around seljalandsfoss waterfall
views of behind seljalandsfoss waterfall in iceland
small waterfalls in iceland lifestyle family photography
daughter calls to mom while walking the waterfall path in iceland lifestyle family photography
iceland flora in seljalandsfoss landscape photography
lifestyle family photography toddler sits on rock and explores seljalandfoss waterfall
sheep roam next to the cloudy hillside in iceland
foggy views of icelandic countryside landscape photography
misty mountains in iceland landscape photography
hidden waterfall in iceland
family explores Gljúfrafoss lifestyle family photography

The last day we went to Vik, where we finally had a bit of sunshine. The black sand beach was like nothing I had seen before. The contrast between the vibrant green and the black sand and ice blue ocean was incredible. There were horses peacefully munching on the long grass. Rory found a new favorite activity in throwing and eating sand. Truth. She threw a tantrum when we stopped her.

All in all, I probably wouldn’t go to Iceland again with a child her age. I would definitely like to go back and try to see the scenery in the winter with a possibility of the northern lights. Just probably many years from now. Any maybe an adults only trip.

glacier views on the road in iceland
red roofed homes beneath snowcapped glacier in iceland landscape photography
selfoss waterfall and grazing cows in iceland landscape photography
mom holds daughter in front of selfoss waterfall lifestyle family photography
mom and daughter walk to selfoss on family vacation
rock formations and daughers curls at selfoss iceland lifestyle family photography
dad holds daughter up stairs to top of selfoss in iceland with views of mist rainbow
landscape view of the glacier, lupine, and winding river in iceland
horses graze on the beach in vik landscape photography
tour horses graze near vik
views the beach, cliffs and lupine at viks black sand beach
landscape photography views of the sand and grass at viks black sand beach
photographers shoes and little black sand pebbles in iceland
Reynisfjara beach lifestyle family photography family sitting on basalt
family sits on basalt formations at Reynisfjara
mom and daughter explore the black sand beach at Reynisfjara lifestyle family photography

Brynn Burke Photography specializes in maternity photographynewborn photographybaby photography, and family photography in Columbus, Ohio serving the central Ohio area including Dublin, Powell, New Albany, Granville, Delaware, and Dayton. To view more stylized sessions in their trip to Iceland, click here.

I believe every family is unique and family photos are your most priceless possession. A luxuriously crafted experience, including a full wardrobe stocked with designer gowns, beautiful clothing for the littles, and organic and artful toys for play, allows your session to be carefree and enjoyable.

Sessions can take place in the studio centrally located in downtown Columbus or the outdoors in the field at sunset. A natural light photographer, regardless of what you choose the result is dreamy portraits that showcase your true emotion and connection.

I would love to begin planning your custom portrait session. If you would like more details on the session experience with Brynn Burke Photography please click here. If this is something you would love for your family, please head over to my contact page to get started.

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