I think I can honestly say that this is my first family session that hasn’t involved small children. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to handle it, but it only took a few minutes to get into the swing of things. The dogs helped out a lot! It was like corralling toddlers so there wasn’t too big of a difference. 😉
I’ve known the Freburgs for quite a while now, but have never really interacted with their sons much. I learned very quickly that they are a fun family. And the daughters-in-law (one to be) fit in perfectly!
Thank you, Freburgs, for allowing me into your evening for a few hours even though it pushed into your dinner and you had to eat late.
Fall sessions with return clients who have become friends are one of the reasons that I have chosen to be a photographer. Anyone can take pictures of a lot of people. But if those people don’t come back to you, you must be doing something wrong. I want images that not only showcase my talent, but that tell a family’s story.
I know that most parents want every picture of their child smiling and behaving, but my favorite shots every time are the ones where the child lets down their guard and is comfortable enough with me to NOT smile. That’s when I know I’ve won them over. And those images, to me, are the most priceless.
Just because your nest is empty and has been for quite some time, doesn’t mean it is devoid of love and laughter. These two are proof of that and I love them dearly! What a great example to younger couples around them.
I love how they look at each other as if each was seeing the other for the very first time.
I have no idea what they were saying to each other throughout the shoot, but I did have to tell them at one point that secrets don’t make friends. That didn’t stop them though. 😉
My absolute favorites from this session are the ones on the front porch. There is nothing more meaningful and real as someone in their own home. Plus, they are such sweet shots and I have a special spot in my heart for front porches and days gone by.
I just love these two so, so much!
Going into this night I was recalling the last attempt at a session with this family. We laugh about it now (and actually then) because it was just one of those things. The littlest one was younger and had to be awakened from a late nap. Then, the sun was setting quickly. There was just no winning. If I recall correctly, it was a last minute thing because the temperature was perfect and the Mr. was not out in the fields with harvest.
But this attempt was a complete success! No tears, no waking from naps, plenty of time before the sun set, smiles, silliness and an all around beautiful evening.