I was so honored and excited to photograph one of my favorite families again, Jessica and Alan. I’ve known them for a long time and feel so lucky to get to capture them as bigger kids. (Check out their one-year session!) They welcomed their third child, Henry this summer. The twins, Will and Emily, are just a bit younger than my own twins, so I have always enjoying seeing and photographing them, because it’s just like playing at home. And they know me and are already comfortable with me, which makes things easier and more smooth. Mainly because they know I always have toys. 🙂 This lifestyle newborn and family photography session was a TON of fun.
This was kind of like two sessions in one–part of the time I was capturing sweet baby Henry, on his own or with his family, and the other part of the time I was chasing after Will and Emily, capturing their spirit, energy, and personality. Basically, it was a super playful and sweet session for all. 🙂
The session was at their home, so they were comfortable, and all of their favorite things were there. We started in their living room on their couch and big chair, with their favorite books nearby. The big kids read to baby Henry, and gave him kisses and snuggles, and we grownups all melted into little puddles of goo. Later we moved to their amazing backyard (which Jessica had been creating/overseeing while pregnant)–lush grass, a new swingset, tons of toys, and raised garden beds full of tasty veggies. The kids played on the swingset, and Daddy tossed them up in the air, and they got some of their favorite outdoor toys. What better portrait of a three-year-old boy than surrounded by his trucks?! [By the way, for the photos of all five family members, I was wielding a toy shark that bites, while wearing a swaddle blanket tied around my head. I have no shame when it comes to entertaining my subjects–I know I may look ridiculous but it’s always worth it for the big smiles (from the kids, the grown-ups, and me too!).] We ended the session back inside on the couch, with Mommy quietly reading to the kids.
As you can see, this is a family that is full of love and enjoyment, and it is such a pleasure to be around them and to photograph them!