Last Christmas when I was doing my Christmas special, my friend, Susan, said that she wanted to get this gift for herself. I was happy to pop around the block and drop off a tin with chocolates and a gift certificate for a 2014 session, including a canvas. When we got together for these pictures, she said that the real incentive was to make sure she got family pictures done this year! We did and now she’ll have a fun canvas to hang on her wall too!
You can tell in these images that we had a lot of fun. Craig and Susan are so warm and the kids were easy to play with. One of my favorite parts of regular sessions is that we have a lot more flexibility to take shots of interactions between the different members of the family, including parents with each child (which I feel is really important!). We play, we talk, we mess around and that leads us to the real smiles and hugs and expressions that we want. I loved the colors that they wore, the way Finley’s wisps of hair escaped her headband and the way you can see Diesel’s teeth growing in when he belly laughs. Seeing the easy way that Craig and Susan relate to each other and the kids made me so happy to be taking their photos.
We felt a few drops of rain (despite the forecast!) when we arrived but the rain held off. However, the sky was a bit too murky to finish with silhouettes like we’d planned so we met for a few minutes a couple days later to do those.