We always adore photographing lifestyle family sessions at home, and for some unknown reason (cosmic forces?) our clients always have these super cool houses so it’s always an added bonus. This week’s family had a greenhouse! With turtles! And a super awesome 1960s living room with a white brick wall and built in fireplace that I would definitely steal if it didn’t involve an ill-thought-out plan and the use large scale machinery. Roger and Melanie are awesome parents who are raising two independent and strong kids, Martin and Anabel. They are fearless and wonderful. They ride their bikes fast and put on their own gardening gloves and wear superhero capes and do their own thing. They spent the morning playing Legos, reading, and gardening, which is exactly what my idea Saturday would also constitute… especially considering that they were planting mosquito repellant plants (need these shots to be recreated at our house, please). Also featured in this shoot is 10 year old Cocker Spaniel Extraordinaire Seymour, who is adorable and fluffy and loves Melanie to the ends of the Earth. He also has totally laid claim to that leather chair in their living room. Excited to have worked with this great family!

These guyyyys! First of all, everyone in this family has a great name. Everyone. Including the dog. Second of all, I’m going to steal all of their furniture, wallpaper, and paint colors. Third of all, Flossie and I have the same cat-head pillow. I showed her proof on my phone, which is how I finally won over her trust. Once she knew that we shared the same cat-head pillow, but that we also have and like cats, then Flossie figured we must be trust-worthy adults, and proceeded with the session instead of hiding behind her mom. Obviously, we share the same method of determining whether or not people should be liked. While I was working the Flossie angle, Geoff showed Linus his Boba Fett tattoo in order to gain Star Wars street cred, and then we were golden. After that, we systematically destroyed their living room by turning it into a fort, and made pancakes that involved a lot of free-floating flour that got on the clothes, faces, and hair of everyone (including Vegas the long-haired wiener dog of my dreams), and then slowwwwly backed out the door with our hands up, ran into our car, and sped away… leaving them with the wreckage of their formally very clean house.  But not before a lot of basketball was played, fingernails were painted, and dance parties were had. These kids are adorable (Linus is also rocking the same haircut as Geoff, and if I were two feet shorter I’d be coming back to steal all of Flossie’s outfits) and their parents are awesome, and a great time was had by all.

It is so much fun to have repeat clients, and even more fun when you get to see newborn brunette baby clients turn into blonde big sister clients who have a whole lot to say. We revisited the ever-wonderful Rachel and Kevin (whom you may know from their first newborn shoot with us a couple years ago) and joined them in welcoming new baby boy Jonah into their lives. This also involved reuniting with previous Baby Evelyn who is now Big Sister Evelyn. Previously, she had done a whole lot of sleeping and eating. Now, her days primarily consist of running frantically from room to room, hiding from you in a cardboard box castle, eating string cheese, and jumping on the bed because the photographer asked her to, thus creating a terrible downward spiral insistence to always be jumping on the bed that I suspect Rachel and Kevin might still be dealing with to this day (sorry guys).

Jonah is currently in the Whole Lot of Sleeping and Eating Phase so he’s slightly less energetic than Big Sister at this point, but I’m sure that he’ll progress to the String Cheese Phase in no time (and hopefully Evelyn will have forgotten about my bed jumping request by the time he gets there). A big thank you and congratulations to the wonderful Rachel and Kevin – you guys are awesome and your family is really cute.