Last night we headed to one of my favorite locations for family photo sessions, The Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock. I love this spot for families due to all the barns, open fields, and gorgeous gardens to use as backdrops. Before the session started I was explaining to my assistant how you never know what to expect with family photo sessions with young children. You have to be prepared to expect the unexpected and go with the flow. You need to read the family for what would make them feel their best and look their best too. The little girl had tons of spirit and I am so grateful that my assistant was there to play with her and to keep her happy so that mom and dad could relax while I took their couple photos.
When I first met the dad he said, “You’re going to make this painless, right?” It’s funny because he said what most dads are thinking when their well intentioned wives plan the photo sessions for them telling them that they can go out to dinner after as their reward for being on their best behavior. The funniest part though was that it was the dad who was keeping everyone laughing throughout the session and when he started striking model poses all on his own I told him that I didn’t believe that he wasn’t enjoying this and could see that he was eating it up. Some of my favorite images of the session were the ones of the dad holding his little girl. You could see the love in his eyes when he looked at her with such joy that it melted your heart. When I was editing the final images, I couldn’t help but think how these same images could end up in his little girl’s wedding day slide show and it made me so happy to think that I could have a part in that.
The dad didn’t only look at his little girl in this way though, he looked at his wife with the same love and admiration. You could tell how much fun they had together as a couple and I kept thinking about how lucky their little girl was to grow up with parents who loved each other in this way.
At the end of the session as the sun was setting, the little girl hopped onto the hay and I was able to capture some of the best shots of the night. She has such a free and happy spirit and I loved being able to photograph such a darling little girl. I am so grateful that her mom chose me to photograph their family and hope that they cherish the images we created together for years to come!