I feel like ‘thou shall not covet’ is a fairly important notion. I really make an effort to live by it. Big 10 and all that. But when this little family walked up and I caught a glimpse of their hair!? Perhaps you’ll extend me a small amount of grace. Have you seen their hair?? Child models I tell you.
This was a super fun session. We had one family from California (my people, you know) another family from New York and grandma and grandpa from south Florida. This family vacation for them was about making grandma’s house the target and everyone flying in and meeting there. How cool is that?? So these kiddos were cousins from opposite ends of the country who were loving, loving every minute together. When they contacted me, one of the mamas said that this was ‘her’ project and that she just felt like they were little and time was going so fast. She said, “We’re family. We need to grab this while we’re all together.” Ah. My people.
Being far away from my own family, I get it and I love it. It makes those time when you are all together so precious and so important. The worse thing for me being nowhere near California, as much as we are south Florida fans, is the daily interactions we miss with the cousins. I so miss the kids! I miss my kids being with the other kids! They really do grow so fast and I start seeing pictures of them and think, no! They’re so much bigger already. Childhood is an incredible time and it’s quick. I loved that even though this family was living their lives on separate sides of the country, when they were together, they were together. And they wanted to preserve those memories, capture them. They told me that they were not into posed portraits of their little kids because the reality is they don’t pose! They may not even pause. 😉 Active children are, well, active. 😉 I told her that is what ‘lifestyle photography’ is all about. We’re being photojournalists and we’re making portraits at the same time. It’s about being incredibly specific about the set up and the look of a moment and then allowing that moment to unfold naturally and capturing the reality of it, in a beautiful way. They wanted to preserve a moment of all the cousins together. They wanted to preserve a moment of growing up together and of family. My people, I tell ya.
I couldn’t be happier with the images that were created. And seriously, did you see that hair??? Enjoy.