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: