Huntersville Family Home Session
When Jon contacted me about doing a family session shortly after Christmas, he had such a familiar story behind his reasoning. When the kids were younger, according to him, photo sessions were often a bit chaotic. As a mom of three, I can totally empathize. It’s tough to get little ones to sit still long enough to get a decent traditional portrait. Most toddlers are pretty much over the whole thing by that 45 minute mark. Now that his kids are older, he wanted to try again, mostly for his wife’s sake, who clearly cherishes having an updated family portrait. They also had recently moved back to Huntersville, so documenting their family in their new home was going to be an added bonus. I’ve noticed, over the last couple of years, that I photograph more families with older kids than small kids these days. It’s been an interesting shift in my business to watch, and I do really enjoy it! It’s sweet to hear them tell me favorite childhood memories, where they’ve travelled, their hobbies. It’s just so easy to get to know them and their personalities very quickly.
I did this home session at the very end of 2018, and it was truly the best way to wrap up my year. They were so easy to work with and generally just a delight to be around. They told me all about living overseas, showed me their musical talents, and told me some of their favorite things to do together as a family. I made sure to capture a few of them, especially during this phase of life in their new Huntersville home. I have to say, I’m so impressed with their talent when it comes to music! They play each of their instruments beautifully. I almost didn’t want to stop shooting just so I could hear them play longer. 😉
One of my favorite places to do family portraits is in their own back yard. It just makes it so much more personal. We headed out back into a part of their property that was more wooded and natural. It was so pretty and the perfect place for family photos. We even included their cute dog Wookie. I always make it a point to grab at least one individual shot of each kid. It’s just so important, especially if another professional portrait won’t happen for a few more years. These kids are seriously beautiful. I’m sure I sounded like a broken record while photographing them, but their eyes are a photographer’s dream. So so pretty! They ended up choosing the next photo as their family portrait to display as a vivid metal. I adore the vivid metals. They’re a great modern way to display your favorite images. If you’d like to see them in person, hit that contact button below to schedule an in person consultation, but just take my word for it that they’re GORGEOUS.
We worked our way back up to the back patio where we grabbed a couple of my favorites from this session. To be honest, it’s hard to pinpoint my own favorites from this session. But I think the way we ended the evening was perfect. And very true to them. They told me they love to curl up together around the fire and just hang out together as a family. It’s very sweet to see how close they are as a family. I sometimes worry that prospective clients think I must stage things like this, but trust me, there’s no way I could ever fake a connection. They naturally grabbed a couple of drinks and blankets, gathered around the fire, and just chatted as a family. We even got a little goofy and they gave me their best “Blue Steel”. That’s a pretty good indication of just how much fun I had with this family.
Jon, Stephanie, and their four kids were a breath of fresh air after a very hectic Fall and Christmas season. A home session that ends in a relaxing evening around a fire is more than I could ever ask for. I truly hope they enjoy their photos and beautiful products for many many years (and secretly hope they decide to do another one before too long, bc I just loved them so stinkin’ much).