children

the lourenco family

   

The lovely Evelyne Lourenco + her beautiful family at Valley Forge Park. It's always a joy to work with another photographer, and this was no exception. I've followed Evelyne's work for a while, and I've noticed how much nature plays into the way she sees her girls. After meeting them in person, I can definitely understand why--they were definitely in their element, happy and free.

august + family

    

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!

a birthday session, part 2 of 2

    

...and here's the second half of last week's epic twin birthday session. While shooting in-home will always have my heart, I do love spending time outdoors with little ones, like we did here at Valley Forge Park. They got to run free, while I got to make up for skipping my workout by chasing after them. Win-win, right?