Happy Thanksgiving weekend. Here is one of my favorite families, The Hartleys.
I met Krista because we parked close to each other every day at our kids’ elementary school. Over the course of seeing her day after day, and sometimes talking on the walk up to the school, I quickly learned that she was kind, and funny. She loved interesting things. She was a really loving mom. I learned that she and her husband Kurt are the owners of the Bunker in Westport. I was a little starstruck. But she was the one that took the initiative to run over to help me get the kids out of the car, and carry baby Dean. She gave me hugs sometimes. It may sound cheesy, but Krista was such a gift to me last year in a precarious season.
It is really fun to photograph people that you already love. Here is a look at my friends, Krista, Kurt, Finley, and Violet.
I got to know Sarah and Jason when I photographed their wedding at the very beginning of my pursuit of photography. About a year ago, as fate would have it, I reconnected with Sarah, She had recently come on staff at the gym that I was joining so that I could get fit after having baby#3. Sarah became one of the most important friends in my life as I met with her twice a week for a season. I am still training with her, and she is such a gift of brightness in my life. She is empowering, positive, fun, and full of grace. And she is partnered up with Jason, who is the ring leader of laughter and dreaming big.
Here they are with their beautiful three kids…
My biggest passion is photographing life unfolding naturally. Uncontrolled situations continually surprise me with photographs that I never could have constructed on my own. I like to think of it as treasure hunting every time I go on a shoot. We never know what sort of gems will present themselves.
Saying that, in the past few years, I have found myself increasingly understanding of the desire for a more traditional family portrait. Everyone standing and looking at the camera. Now that I have kids, I know that I want that of my family once a year. It’s a record that is so fun to look back at as the years pass. So this is one of those sessions, with a family that I love and have photographed for years. This year, with the addition of baby Bennett, they were due for an updated record of their family of 5. And of course, there were a few unscripted treasures along the way.
When I heard that Jessica and Ben were expecting twins I was ecstatic. They were dreaming of a big family even in the early days when I photographed their wedding. And now they are a family of four, making a really difficult job look incredibly easy. So happy for you guys! love.
This year was our funnest Halloween yet. It was so cute watching little Dean toddle along next to his big sisters that seem to be becoming teenagers right before my eyes. Our costumes were inspired by one of our favorite books, Ferdinand, by Monroe Leaf. The book is about a peaceful and content bull named Ferdinand, who prefers to sit and smell the flowers instead of fight in the bull fighting arena. Dean was little Ferdinand, Fiona the Matador, and Charlotte made a perfect Spanish lady.