I knew it was going to be a beautiful morning and I was really looking forward to spending the first calm, quiet hours with this family. The last time I photographed Caroline and her kids, her son was sick with a fever so we did our best to keep it low-key and easy. This time, everyone was in fine form and we spent the session down by the Bulkey River skipping rocks, goofing around and lounging about.
I really love photographing this family – Caroline is a bit of a firecracker (I will insert no red hair comments here!) and knows how to make her family smile. The kids are just so loving and kind with each other and the whole family just knows how to have fun with each other. It really made for such a carefree, easygoing time and I think that family dynamic really shows in these images.
It would be really hard for me to pick a favourite – the way that Scott looks at Caroline against the barn backdrop or the way he looks at his kids on the beach blanket. Caroline cuddling with her son who is on the brink of teenage-hood and can still get a good giggle out of him. I can just hear the laughter all over again when I see these and that really makes me smile and makes my heart feel happy.
If you are considering having family portraits taken by any photographer, the best advice I can give you is to be present with your kids and have no expectations (especially with the little ones!). If you come ready and willing to have an adventure, wherever the session goes, I guarantee that your time will be a smashing success. And maybe a few Smarties for the little guys *wink*
Enjoy these sunny, summer images!