Mom, can we leave dad at the park and go home, Eliot said. He had just woken up from his afternoon nap, and he wasn't too sure about having his picture taken by the stranger he had just met. I've known Simon and Melanie for years, but this was the first time we had gotten together for a family portrait session. Once we started running down the trails in Frick Park, digging dirt, exploring a hidden tepee that someone had built of fallen trees, setting up a picnic, and watching the setting sun eating animal crackers, Eliot and I were best friends. Here are a few favorites from their session, and I look forward to our upcoming play date with Alice.
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I had briefly met Leonard and Karrie and their two dogs Zeke and Tyke at an event the previous year, and was happy when I received a call from Leonard. He explained that they were expecting a baby, and he wanted to purchase a session as a gift for his wife. Leonard is tops in my book because I can't think of a more thoughtful gift than to have this precious time in their life as a family captured. Carolynn was about 4 months old when I met her. Whenever I hear the song Sweet Caroline, I think of Carolynn and how Karrie was singing it to her and substituting the name. I can't wait to see these guys again.
You may remember little miss Norah from her baby portrait session earlier this year. Since she turns 1 next week, Shannon, Dave and Norah came in to town from Cleveland to visit and have a few portraits taken. Norah is so expressive now, proud of being able to walk, and constantly on the quest for adventure (read: climb the stairs when no one is looking). The portrait session turned into a cake smash that was both adorable and hilarious at the same time (I love my job!). Before they headed back home we finished the day at the neighbors pond for a few shots of Norah in her halloween costume. Cutest outfit ever! I can't wait to see these guys soon again.
Paula and Frank are my oldest Pittsburgh friends. I've literally known them since the first day I set foot in Pittsburgh. A couple of years ago they moved to Columbia, MD and we still see each other every once in a while. If not in person, through voice mails with silly birthday songs, and cell phone pictures of good times. Auki, their oldest son, was our ring bearer four years ago. It's crazy how time flies and how much he has grown from being a baby to become a very smart and thoughtful little guy. Their second son Inti (his name means Sun, which fits him so perfectly) was born earlier this year. A few days before they traveled to South America for his baptism, Bradley and I hit the road to visit them. Of course a few pictures were snapped (some of my all time favorites for sure), raspberries were picked, board games were played, and lots of laughter filled the air. It makes my heart happy that we got to spend the weekend together, and to capture a little snippet of their life.
Lots of people wait for the bus in the morning. I am one of them. The best part about commuting is that you never know who you will meet. Some strangers become really good friends. David is one of them. His beaming smile and French accent could turn any crappy day into sunshine. A couple of years ago he and his wife Jessica started the process to adopt a baby. I was extremely happy when they eventually received good news and got to adopt a little baby girl. As a gift I wanted to capture their new life together as a family. I absolutely love how the pictures turned out. I also did a little bit of video since Jessica is an amazing violinist.
Here are a few of my favorites from their portrait session.