“The best family path is the road travelled together” Wess Fessler
I have the pleasure of getting to know this special family about a year ago when they moved here from Atlanta. The mom went to high school with my husband and moved back to the area with her family. Her 3 boys are the same ages as my boys so we bonded instantly. Even though I know her for a short time, I feel like our friendship has quickly blossomed into something special. When she asked me to photograph her family, I was thrilled. The first thing that came to my mind was to keep her boys busy. I thought spending the afternoon at a park would be a perfect way to keep them occupied. So that it doesn’t seem like a “photoshoot” for these boys, I suggested my friend to pack a picnic for her family.
It was a beautiful and warm Fall day…..just a perfect day for that picnic in the park and for the “F” family’s photoshoot. I had all these great ideas for the photoshoot. Oh yes, I even have the perfect spot by the pond for their picnic too. Maybe I could even capture my friend leisurely relaxing my her husband’s side and the boys all gathered around them playing tags.
I quickly discovered that a quiet picnic was not what these active boys had in mind. I also quickly learned that I needed to be in full speed with E, J and S if I wanted to be part of any of their actions!
I think in the first 15 minutes they climbed trees, tread in the water, explored nature, and even tackled each other! I don’t think they even sat still for their picnic!
I love that this session was so natural and reminded me of that old fashioned feeling and family time spent together.
My friend picked out the song, “The Promise” by Tracy Chapman to go with this session video that I made for her family. It is a perfect song and the words are very moving. Try listening to that song while editing this session. Whew! The song reflects the deep love parents have for their children and that we always want them to know they always have a place to come home. As my friend said, this is “The Promise” she wants to make to her family.
Ofcourse, I started reflecting on my own kids and how fast they grow up and reflecting on the words of the song. Tears…Tears….
Thank you for trusting me capturing this special time spent together! I hope that I have captured the joy that you find in your children daily. May you continue to be blessed with many special memories your family build together.