Gina started getting excited about a family photo session for her sweet family after she saw several of her friends C A P T U R E D blogs on Facebook. Erik clearly loves Gina and his family, but he did not share her enthusiasm for a family portrait session. He had visions of cramming his family into a crowded department store waiting room and being told to ‘say cheese’ while wearing ugly matching outfits.
I assured Gina---all Erik’s reservations about traditional family portraiture were completely justified and why I never took my own family to that kind of setting for photos. I knew nothing good could come from something like that for my family. That pressure cooker setting with young children is a perfect cocktail for disaster. Who wants that recorded forever in print!?
Gina shared C A P T U R E D photos with Erik and he began to warm to the idea. Space to roam and run around with his family like he would on a normal day (while someone just happened to take photos)---that idea he liked.
Photos should create a beautiful record of who we are and what we love most in this life. These are the kind of moments families will treasure for a lifetime.
If every little girl was loved by her daddy like this----wouldn’t the world be a much better place!?
Sophia spends her days singing, dancing, dressing up and pretending she’ll be Taylor Swift some day. I made her promise me that when she came to view her photos she’d sing me her favorite Taylor Swift song. Something tells me she’s already got them all memorized! As you can see, she’s already nailed the look of a country music star----I’ve got dibs on shooting her first album cover!
Alex joined us with his dad a little later for the session than the rest of the family. They were coming in from a football game. He and his dad share this passion and it’s making for many great memories between them. When he's not playing football, you can usually find him playing the drums or devouring a book!
Jake with those gorgeous blue eyes was like just about every toddler I’ve photographed---brimming with curiosity, full of life and unable to stay in one spot for more than 5 seconds even if all the candy in the world depended on it!
I was so impressed by Sophia and Alex’s patience with their little brother. Often it’s easy for big brothers and sisters to grow impatient with their little brothers who just keep doing a 180 from what everyone else is doing. But they never did. Instead they chased after Jake, marched with him, carried him and cheered him on through the whole session. He’s one lucky little guy to be loved with such devotion!
What cracked me up the most was hearing everyone in the family all the sudden break out in the "ABC" song or "Ride a Little Horsie" song to try and bring Jake back to the group. It worked like a charm (for a few seconds anyway!).
May your family continue to cheer each other on and the walls of your home echo with hearty laughter and music!
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