A couple of weeks ago, I shared a sneak peek here of a fabulously fun family session I had.
The family wanted their shoot to take place at Annie's Playground, a place that is special to them and where they frequently spend quality time together. Not only is this playground enormous and unlike any you've ever seen, it also has a very special story behind it.
It was the perfect location for a family shoot. We started with some shots on the trail surrounding the playground, took the trail to a very pretty bridge, and then ended our session at the playground where we let the girls loose to enjoy the swings and slides.
After postponing our original shoot date due to damp and chilly weather, we were happy to see the weather cooperate for us on our second try. It was a gorgeous October evening.
Right off the bat, my first impression of this family was that they really know how to have a fun time!
More than anything, I wanted to capture the fun and joy they experience and share with one another.
I also wanted to capture the sweetness and adorableness of these two little ladies. How blessed are they to have each other?! This photo, along with the next two, are some of my favorites from this session.
When asked to give each other a smooch, the girls were more than happy to oblige... repeatedly. Does it get any sweeter than this?
Sisters really do share a special bond, don't they?
Our original plans for the shoot didn't include this bridge. It's located a little distance from the playground. I didn't know it existed and therefore didn't check it out during my pre-session scouting trip. Early in the shoot, Dad told me about the bridge and suggested that we may want to use it.
I was concerned about the time it would take to walk there eating up our daylight (I think I remember it being 3/4 of a mile each way) and I was nervous about using a location I hadn't checked out previously, but I thought it sounded very promising and I'm SO glad we gave it go! It's just a pretty location and everyone, including the girls, had a fun time. It also was a popular place for walkers and joggers, but I had no problems fitting in plenty of shots in between passersby.
Before a shoot, I always chat with Mom and Dad to get to know them and their family. When talking to Mom prior to this session, she told me that one daughter is shy and very much a good girl while the other is "trouble." Hmm, let us guess which one is which...
You can just tell that this Dad means the world to these little girls.
And look how much they love their mama.
After the shoot, my Mom happened to be at my house and after seeing some of these photos, she said, "She really looks like a fun mom!" Like I've said, aren't these little girls lucky?
At the end of the shoot, we returned to the playground and let the girls play on their favorite swings, slides, and other rides.
What do you think? Wasn't this the perfect location for this family's session?
These girls love this playground and experience so much joy on its swings and slides.
It's written all of their faces.
What a night! Thank you, B Family! I enjoyed spending the evening with you.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I love the month of October and its gorgeous weather. Here in the MD area, we've experienced some of the most beautiful weather over this past week. Luckily, my shoot with the B Family fell on a perfect fall evening. I'm very busy going through and editing all of the great shots we captured that night. In the meantime, I just had to share this adorable image of mom with her two little sweethearts.
To be honest, I was a bit nervous about this session. At 27 people, it was my largest group I've photographed and it didn't help my nerves that 15 of the 27 were 13 years old and under! But, by our session date, I was bursting with ideas and my excitement at photographing this important event far exceeded any nervousness. On top of that, the W's were the nicest and sweetest family to work with!
The W family decided to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents by spending the weekend at The Inn at Huntingfield Creek. You may remember my post earlier this summer about their gorgeous field of sunflowers. I have to say, I was so excited for the W's because, in my mind, it was the perfect way and place to celebrate!
While I haven't had the pleasure of staying at The Inn at Huntingfield Creek, I have enjoyed my time with Joanne and Jim Rich, the innkeepers. If they show the same hospitality to their guests as they've to shown me, then I know it's a delightful place to stay.
The gorgeous property of the inn made the perfect setting for our photo session. It offered varying backdrops for the various photo ops we wanted to capture. Please enjoy this sampling of the images taken that evening...
One of the many reasons I was so excited to be able to document this event for the W's is because the weekend they had planned reminded me so much of my childhood spent with my many cousins and extended family. Cousins are such a blessing. As a young child, some of my closest friendships and most cherished memories were with my cousins. I look at this photo of the W grandchildren and I think about how they'll remember this weekend, as well as their other family get-togethers, and look back with the kind of fondness I have of my childhood spent with my cousins.
At the end of our session, as the children cut loose and just before the sun disappeared behind the trees, I was able to snap a few photos of them playing together.
Dear W Family: Congratulations on 50 years! I am so honored that you asked me to capture this special event. I really had a fun time during our evening together. Thank you!
A couple of weeks ago, I told you here about a fun family session that I had recently. Today, I'd like to share a portion of the shots we captured that evening.
From the very beginning, when we first starting planning this session, I had it in my mind that we would use this swinging bridge. I'm so glad that they were up for it. I think it was the perfect spot to photograph this lively gang.
I happen to know this family very well and, as I've mentioned before, they are a very fun and outgoing bunch. From the very start of the shoot, they were laughing, cracking jokes, and eager to try new poses and locations. My hope was to capture their fun personality in their photos and, when I scroll through the shots from that evening, I'm happy to see that we did.
I think this photo above may be my favorite photo from this session. I love Mom's expression on her face as she looks at Dad and I love how baby sis is looking up to her two older sisters while the two of them share a joke.
I also love the outfits the family chose to wear. They coordinate perfectly without being too matchy and the colors look great together and with the lush, green foliage in the background.
Thank you Jen and Chris for giving me the opportunity to photograph your beautiful and fun family. It truly was an honor and a very fun experience for me. Thank you!
Happy 4th of July! My family is celebrating this important day with a parade, fireworks, and ... a Waterman's Day celebration. I'll be back on Wednesday to show you photos from our weekend and to explain more about the Waterman's Day. Until then, I have a recent session to tell you about...
Recently, I showed you a preview of my session with Oliver and his family. If you remember, I had the pleasure of photographing his baptism earlier this year. He was adorable then and he's adorable now.
I really enjoyed shooting our session. As always, Oliver's mom and dad were fun, easygoing, and up for anything. Here is a sampling of the shots we captured that evening. But, allow me to warn you - you're in for some serious cuteness! Oliver is a doll to photograph! He's super laidback and offers the best smiles and expressions!
Thank you, Emily and Tim, for giving me the opportunity to photograph your family once again. It was my pleasure!