Here’s a little known secret, taking family portraits, not my favorite thing to do. There, the cat’s out of the bag. I love newborns and 6 month sessions, 3 year olds, could eat them up, but when I get an inquiry for family portraits I get a little knot in my stomach. Here’s why, typically there is one parent that really wants that “perfect” family portrait, (see post below), they’re anxious over how everyone looks and spends more time watching the kids than they do me, therefore I end up with a lot of pictures of mom or dad looking at the kids than at me, making that “perfect” family portrait not so perfect. Kids who are typically happy go lucky kids are not so happy to be there because they can sense the stress, all the way around they’re just not my favorite. But, yup there it is, don’t kid yourself, you knew it was coming… then along comes a family like this one, they had some wardrobe malfunctions (forgotten shoes), it was cold out (I think I complained more than they did) and in the middle of it my camera decided to take a break (I had a back-up, but ended up not needing to use it, thank goodness). Even with all of that, mom was calm and collected, dad laughed through the entire thing and the kidlets, while cold, put on their happy faces and showed why they’re such a great family. They didn’t give me a funny look when I asked them to “just hang out”, giving me the chance to capture them as they are, relaxed, slightly goofy and very loving. We hit two locations in less than an hour and have oodles of wonderful images. I get some really fun, amazing families through the studio, they’re helping to make that knot slowly disappear, this family makes my heart sing.