children's photographer

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. 

the mccalleys | wenonah family photography

This family was such a dream. Genuine happiness all around, no joke. The kids were happy, eager even, to play in front of the camera; we immediately got to discussing baseball, lost teeth, bugs and the biggest dandelion "wishie" ever discovered. Maybe it's because they're already used to the camera, since Mom is also a photographer. At any rate, these five people just fit together so beautifully, like puzzle pieces. As I clicked away, I found myself with laughing and running right along with them; it wasn't a working session at all, more like a hang-out-and-have-some-good-belly-laughs-together session. I'm honestly struggling to find the right words to express the magnitude of joy I took home in my heart after spending an evening watching and capturing this gorgeous family. So I think I'll just leave it at that; you simply have to see it to really understand.

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kieran | philadelphia family photography

   

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parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer
parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer
parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer
parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer
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parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer
parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer
parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer
parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer
parikha mehta - modern philadelphia family photographer

 Sincere, loving, genuinely happy. You don't often meet people that can be each of those things at once, but this couple and their gorgeous 5-month old are all that and more. To be given the opportunity to capture that, in the setting of their warm + thoughtfully curated home, was truly a privilege.

the chinchio family | jersey city family photography

Did you guys know I actually fell into photography by way of knitting? It was back when knitting's revival was just starting to gain momentum, and some of us fledgling knitbloggers were reached out & found each other across the internet. Though my knitblog was retired a while ago, I will always be grateful for the friends I made through my little Blogspot home, including the incredibly kind and talented Connie Chang Chinchio. If you aren't familiar with her work, her designs are genious for bringing gorgeous stitchwork together with wearable, modern shapes. I'm so grateful we have stayed in touch through so many years and life changes, and I'm both humbled and honored that she asked me to photograph her little tribe. In addition to being utterly adorable, both of her children are incredibly bright spirits, and, together with her husband, the four of them make the most beautiful of families, inside and out.

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