Full disclosure - I've known this family for ten years. I worked with Jen six of those, where she became one of my dearest friends. So, you can imagine how excited I was to photograph her family!
She looked lovely, as always. A blue and white dress that brightened the day. Her husband - Brandon - was equally funny and amiable. Plus, he stayed upbeat through the entire two-hour session!
But their son, who I hadn't seen in about a year, delighted me. If I had a fraction of his energy I'd be the most productive person in the world. His favorite game was for him to yell "Ka-chow!" (Disney's Cars ring a bell?) while I tried to "catch" him with my camera as he raced back and forth. Towards the end of the session, exhausted and hot, he crashed, snuggling with his mother and helping me capture some precious moments between them.
Our backdrop was perfect for this nature-loving family. Manassas Battlefield park offered us forest trails, a stone house, and a hill-top field. They were clearly in their element.
They are such a beautiful family. The love and emotion between them is obvious. Jen and Brandon are so in love, and their child knows just how much he is cherished. It was such an honor to photograph them.