a birthday session, part 1 of 2

   

This is the third time I've photographed this awesome family, and each time is more fun than the last. This year, Mom invited me to document the boys' actual birthday--they were hiding out upstairs (they graciously allowed me admission into their room, even though I didn't meet pirate standards) while she set up a surprise breakfast for them, complete with (delicious) Froot Loops and tons of fun gifts. I even had my own portrait taken with a Jake and the Neverland Pirates camera.

Although the main goal of the session was to capture the boys' birthday, I loved taking in the whole scene of their life stage right now--Mom makes sure everyone's shoes are tied & hair is combed, Dad extracts new toys from their crazy screwed-on twist ties and reads them notes from their grandparents. Things that, when you put them all in context, weave together to show the complete story of who they are as a family unit at this particular moment.

We made so many amazing images that, instead of cramming them all into one post, I decided to break them up & I'll share the rest later this week. I really think each half deserves its own little time to shine as a stand-alone vignette.