I feel so very fortunate to have this beautiful family in my life. Jennifer told me her idea for the family photos she wanted; similar to last year, she wanted the kids to play and be who they are. Some poses were okay, but mostly, we will play. That's my kind of family shoot!
We ventured out to Little Mulberry Park in Dacula the day before the scheduled session. We needed to find the PERFECT spot to catch the sunset. The inspiration was a session full of lens flares and silhouettes and warm, hazy colors. We walked for miles before we found the time and place that the sun was everything we dreamed it could be. And, just to set it in stone, the Universe sent a us sign; a family of deer walked through the area - graceful, beautiful, and with the sun glowing around them. It was "meant to be."
The day of the session, the kids sprinted up the hill ready to explore. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. The clouds were minimal, but visible enough to play with the sun. And, when the clouds would break, the sun rays would burst through and cover the family in beautiful light.
How perfectly natural and lovely! One of the things that was super special about this session was being able to get video in addition the the still images (and I've talked before about how important video is). In the video, this beautiful family plays together. Children and parents spin and tumble and love each other - all surrounded by the sunset warmth.
Oftentimes, with family sessions, I'll reach the point where it's time for mom and dad to have a photo just the two of them and I'm frequently met with, "Oh, that's not necessary. We just need photos of the kids." But, it is necessary. Even if the session is about the kids, YOU are their ENTIRE world. They love you. They look up to you. You, parents, are the teachers, best friends, confidants, and role models for your kids and when they grow older, they'll want to have photos of you. It's so incredibly important, even if it doesn't feel like it now.
I love this shot of Jennifer and Jason. It's this pure love that is guiding their three wonderful children to become amazing adults.
It's always so lovely to have sessions that make me sad when they're finished. I could have edited the images from this session for forever. If you'd like to see a few more photographs, definitely check out the video below. Or better, if you're interested in your own sunset session, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give me a call (706-973-1038) and we'll start planning!