It is a joy for me to be back after a bit of a break with another family photo session post — just as it was a joy for me to get to photograph this lovely family a few weeks ago. We met at a vast and glorious park in north/central New Jersey. This state, you may be surprised to learn, is home to many really incredible, expansive parks, which make awesome backdrops for photo sessions and give the little ones tons of room to run (often a much-needed component in family photo shoots). As anyone who has ever pointed a camera at a toddler knows, it can be a bit of a challenge to get them stay still long enough to get a good shot, let alone to smile on cue. Trying to get the littlest member of this family to do those very things made for lots of fun and laughs that day. Big Sis, Mom, and Dad all got giggles out of her — and out of me at the same time. It is obvious, even just being around them for a little while, that these four share a great deal of love and a sweet, happy, joy-filled life together. I am grateful to have been invited to capture some of that, and hope they enjoy their photos for years to come.
I couldn’t help but grin as I worked through the images from my super-fun, extra-windy photo session with these familiar faces not long ago. Of course, you always hope for great “photo shootin’ weather.” Sometimes your wish comes true, but other times, you just have to go for it, even if conditions are less than ideal. This was one of those “other times.” We somehow managed to dodge the wind long enough to get some nice shots with mom, dad, and their silly, sweet little man, who is surely destined for stardom! He has a smile as big as the sky, strikes a pose like he’s been modeling his whole life, and is overflowing with joy, laughter, and personality. I just adore these guys and am happy to get to capture moments like these for them:
It brings me such joy to finally be back behind the camera doing what I love, and working with this beautiful crew for my first shoot after a few months away was extra-special for me. I have known Momma my whole life. Literally. We “met” in high school and became friends. Then one day, when our Moms found out we were friends, we learned that we are actually distant cousins through marriage, and that we had met way before high school – when we were babies playing in the same crib or playpen or something. As life goes sometimes, young adulthood took us separate ways again, but several years ago, the good side of social media brought us back in touch, and we’ve been reconnected ever since. When it was time for hubbie, doggie, and I to move, it was my friend/cousin who helped us find the place we now call home. To see her so happy with her wonderful husband, her sweet, silly, adorable, delightful, little boy, and her first child (the four-legged one) makes me smile. And, to have been able to capture just a few glimpses of that happiness means the world to me. Thanks, guys, for getting up at the crack of dawn and braving the chilly fall morning shoot, and for getting me back out there again. You guys are the best!!!
I love doing outdoor portrait shoots. But, as you might expect, the wacky weather in these parts can make planning for one a bit of a challenge. In one week, this awesome family and I tried about four or five times to go out for an early evening portrait session at a nearby park. We waited and hoped for the perfect conditions, checking the local forecast, staring out the window, and opening up our weather apps just about every hour – but each day, mother nature had less-than-ideal conditions in store for us. So finally, in an attempt to race against potentially a stormy evening, we decided to go out earlier in the day than we would have liked. Though pretty hot and sticky with not quite ideal sun, these guys hung in there, did an awesome job, and enabled me to capture some fun shots. Thanks to all of you for coming out with me. It was fun!! Here are a just a few from that day: