As a family photographer, when you arrive at your shoot to be greeted with kids screaming your name and running into your arms to give you the biggest “I-haven’t-seen-you-in-months!” hug, you know it’s going to be a great photo shoot! That is exactly what happened when I got to photograph this family. S still had curlers in her hair when she came running out of the van, and her little brother couldn’t wait to show me his loose tooth. These are the moments that make my heart swell and make me SO! GRATEFUL! for the job that I have. I have been working with this family for years and I LOVE every shoot that we do. We always try to “outdo” the last, but we have some traditions that we always do on every shoot that makes it really fun. This is fun because it forces me to be creative and try different things and locations. This time, I decided to work at Jetton Park on Lake Norman because I’ve been working there lately and I really love the scenery. Plus I thought it would be fun to do a summery beach scene with some of the kids’ clothes that mama chose. It worked out perfectly and the weather cooperated!
One of our photo shoot traditions is the last thing that we do is a “tackle mommy” photo. Everyone looks forward to this (well… maybe not mommy but she is such a sweet mama and a good sport that she wouldn’t let on if she didn’t). The whole family gives her the biggest hug ever that usually sends everyone toppling over onto the ground with mom at the bottom of the pile!
We have certain games that we always play, and the kids look forward to those as well. This time, I even found out who has the stinkiest feet in the family. And I will never, ever tell!
After each photo shoot with this crew, I feel like I just hung out and played with long time friends. It is so much fun. And the pictures that result are so authentic and full of love and life, just like these beautiful folks.
Thank you again R family… it is truly an honor to be your photographer!