When I was looking back over my sessions that I did last year, I found myself going back to this particular session. Over and over again. Nope, its not a newborn either…..which is a little uncharacteristic for me since I love shooting newborns. It is actually a family session. This session is totally me and my vision for what I want my photography to portray. Natural, simple memories. Families doing what makes them unique. Those are the moments that will be looked back upon fondly years and years from now.
I have actually known this family for quite some time now and they always have THE MOST AMAZING photographs. So when Taylor asked me to take their pictures, I may have had a small stroke. Seriously….I did not think that my work could compare to the images that some of the other amazingly talented photographers had captured for her. But, I was up for the challenge. We chatted quite a bit about locations and timing and every little thing that goes into making a session the best that it can be. I was beyond thrilled when she came up with a spot that she just HAD to shoot at. It was such a perfect location I even took my family there for some pictures. The owner of the property was super cool and so awesome about letting us use his property. He even thanked me for coming. So cool right?!?!?!
Anyway, so I totally stressed about their session right up until I pulled in……..then I remembered why I do what I do and why I love it so much. It did not hurt that these guys had THE BEST outfits, and were happy to be there (seriously – get excited people about your pictures….we have tons of fun! ). This family was not looking for me to direct them as to what to do and how to pose for their pictures. I gave them little cues here and there and they were just naturals. I just love looking at their images because you can really see the connection- The love that the parents have for not only their kids, but for each other. And the kids….OH MY GOODNESS! I was so happy that they were not shy, they were more then happy to go trekking through a field of sunflowers searching for the biggest one. We played on tractors, ran through sunflower fields, read comic books and danced in fields. THAT is what I want my images to portray. REAL LIFE. Not the cookie cutter stiff posed images, but families being themselves. The giggles, the love, the fun. It just makes my heart happy. So without further adieu – here are some from this amazing sunflower themed session with the J Family!
I am so excited to move more towards these types of sessions in 2016!