You know when it takes several years to schedule that mini family photo session? The one that you wanted to do before everyone grew up, lives entirely too far away, and you forget you ever wanted that family portrait all together? So does this family. But, it was worth the wait, I do believe. Squeezed in between all the fun and chaotic Christmas festivities, we settled in the hay barn (thank goodness for windblock and a small protection from the cold) with high spirits and good stories from the night before. It didn’t take long for these stunning folks to whip out their best smiles and a few loving (and mostly goofy) moments. All the reason to not put it off so long next time.
Happy first Birthday to you Lillian! Mamma and dad, your little girl is already one. If you are like me at all, you think that you will never forget the dents in her arms & legs, or the way her pudgy fingers grab hold to you, or way she sucks one her hands & plays with her tongue, or the way she sticks her legs out when she crawls. But one day your sweet baby girl will be an awesome 10 year old and you may have to look back through your photographs to refresh your memory. I know, because I had to do it the other day. Photographs are a blessing for that.
Warning: I can not possibly cram all the cuteness, personality, and affection into this blog feature without it being long. Because, let me tell you, there were more photographs this 75 minute session than I could share with you all. Our session started at Loose Park on an absolutely perfect spring evening. If mom and dad want a family portrait, we always start with that so we can get to the playful part of the session. And this is how it typically works with kids….you snap a few, then cuddle, tickle and run. And plop down again for another try in another spot. Because all kids have super long attention spans, right?
Amy’s dad got to be with us, so we made sure to capture some neat relationship with his little girl and grand children.
So, I really can’t believe I caught this image series because I was incredibly terrified when the run at full speed and jump into a somersault started that I am pretty sure I held my breath the entire time. But she thought it was great. And it was just moments later that I got to capture the spin-dance here. Portrait, play….portrait, play. And if we don’t want to let go of mom’s hand? No problem. It’s just as darling.
See how sneaky these are? Not even enough time to realize I got that portrait without mom’s hand! I love the sister relationship, and how much love is seen through the hugs. And Amy and John are so very sweet together
It was an honor to capture these special family moments. Thank you so very much.
I photographed Doug 5 years ago when he was very sick. Its’ a long story and one you really should hear. I’ll find a way to tell you later…but for the meantime here is a much too abbreviated version. At that time, he was so very sick that he could barely walk up the stairs let alone go sauntering around the city for an afternoon. But he has more intelligence and commitment than any one person I have had the honor of knowing and recently we spent the afternoon together to show off his flair for his own personal fashion, his health, and his personality. Hopefully these photographs will compel others to hear his story or read his books…
I was going through some older sessions this week. This was one of my favorite sessions of the year. Sure, it helps that they are dear friends, but I also love the lifestyle approach they were wanting. There is so much magic in being able to capture the dynamic of kids playing (and fighting) together, the attentiveness given to a favorite book, and the genuine smiles their favorite toys create. And then you throw mom and dad in the loop and it brings it all to a whole new level of awesomeness!