Getting the chance to work with families more than once is basically like winning the photographer's lottery--it means the world that they've chosen me to tell another chapter of this beautiful, ongoing story of theirs. I genuinely enjoy hanging out with kids and noticing all the ways they've grown since last time, especially as they transition to being big brothers and sisters. The last time I worked with this family, Lucy was about Jack's age and we were working mostly in quiet, tender moments; now that the kiddo-parent ratio was evened up at 1:1, it was all about running around (on my part, at least) to catch belly giggles and sibling love, of which there was plenty. The sweet little baby girl I met the first time was replaced by an exuberant, independent young lady, and her wide-eyed, charming little brother was clearly taking mental notes on her every move as he followed along. Without a doubt, watching families shift and grow through my lens is one of the most enjoyable & rewarding parts of being a photographer.
You know what one of my favorite parts about photographing people is? It's not only the joy of making meaningful personal images for someone else - I mean, that is of course the heart of why I shoot the way I do, but there's this other amazing aspect to it, too. The actual experience of being around & getting to know new (to me), awesome people - considering how many things have to happen for individuals to cross path in a sea of so many others, it's not lost on me that I'm fortunate to connect with people whose company I genuinely enjoy as human beings, not just clients. Happy, warm and charmingly-dimpled human beings like August and his parents.
When August's mom first contacted me about family photos, she was a bit hesitant--they hadn't yet had professional photos taken together, and she just wasn't sure what to expect. As she voiced her concerns, I actually found myself getting really excited, because I could tell we already shared a very similar vision. Genuine moments, no forced smiles, being their authentic selves and capturing a story of who they are at this stage - that's my jam. It means a lot that, despite her hesitation about being photographed in general, they still put their trust in me to put some of their personal memories into images for them.
August, I hope you look back on these images and see just how much you are truly loved and cherished by your parents & furry brother - and I hope you never outgrow that charming belly laugh or those beautiful dimples!
Often times, my favorite parts of a session aren't just about making beautiful images (though that is pretty fun), but also getting to know more about my clients so I can put those images in context. Understanding who they are & where they're coming from. Discovering common ground in unlikely places, which helps me to peel back the layers and get a better picture (no pun intended) of what these photos will mean to them, and how to make sure that comes through. Here, big sister opened right up to me and got the session off to a warm, tender start - I think you'll plainly see that in her charming smile right here. I compared notes with mom over careers and working-motherhood, while dad & I uncovered a mutual admiration for Rich Landau restaurants and Federal Donuts. I watched sweet Caroline sleep and snuggle so peacefully, impervious to the chaos around her. Spending time with people in their most personal space isn't just me doing a job; I genuinely enjoy connecting with each and every member of each and every family, and this one was no exception. Congratulations, little Caroline; somehow, I think you already know how lucky you are to be welcomed into the world by a family so full of warmth & love.
Newborn & family session | Philadelphia, PA