This past year the Military Village Project brought me not only an overload of friendship and cuteness, but also one of the most amazing families I think I’ve ever photographed.
I came away from their 15 minute mini session knowing I needed to contact them again for a family shoot. Both were moving last summer so I got out of my comfort zone and reached out to them to see if they were interested. Lucky for me they both were! Sadly for me, one of the families had flights to leave just a couple of weeks after I completed the project so we weren’t able to fit in a shoot. We hustled and were able to fit in a shoot with Kim and her absolutely adorable family.
They were even more fun than I had anticipated! Their daughter is quite the social butterfly and had absolutely no problem showing me all the fun things they brought with them to their session. The little guy on the other hand was not so sure about the homeless looking lady with the giant camera attached to her face. Lucky for me we found our groove quickly and he was quite the star of the show!
Snuggles and hugs from mom are always a huge help to loosen up a bit.
I always say there is a reason I tell parents to bring special items with them to sessions. It isn’t to give them more work on picture day, but rather to ease shyness with kids and because these special items are fleeting. I almost always tell the story of my now 15 year old insisting on having her Elmo snacks in her 2 year old photos. Those are now my absolute favorite!
Kim is a genius. When her little lady found her special lovey, she not only got a back up, but she got many, many, many back up Tonys for her – hahahaha!!! And lucky for me they brought them ALL!!! I know one day when she is slamming the door on her mom and dad, they will look back on this sweet picture of she and her loveys!
I’m so grateful this incredible family made time for a shoot with me. Let’s hope our paths cross in the future and we can shoot round two together!