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josie | downingtown family photography

When getting ready for a family photo session, parents often worry about how things will turn out with toddlers, those tiny humans who absolutely cannot stand still. No need to fret - remember, we’re not creating “everybody sit still and say cheese” photos here; we’re making “this is the crazy and pretty incredible chaos of your life right now” photos. Since I’m pretty good at chasing kids, and I also keep a few extra tricks up my sleeve if we need to convince them slow down every once in a while, there’s nothing at all for you to get anxious over - I promise.

the singh family

    

Seeing these four lovely people through my lens over the past few years has not only chronicled some of their growth as a family, but it's also shown me that I continue to be most inspired when I'm working with families in their own home, while they really just hang out and do normal family things. I realize how difficult it can be to "be yourself" when there's an outsider with a camera clicking constantly nearby--trust me, I know--but this family just lets me in, with no pretense and no apprehension, and I couldn't be more grateful for that.  Maybe it's because I've worked with them enough times before, and that I genuinely enjoy their company as friends, but their honesty and authenticity makes my job as their photographer an absolute joy, and I truly believe it's what also makes their images come together so beautifully year after year. These moments were all going to happen (mostly) independently of my presence, and I was just lucky enough to be in the right place, at the right time.

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.