This was such a fun family session to do – I love doing extended family shoots with multiple generations because everyone’s excited to be there with each other, especially when they’re traveling from out of state (or in from India!). This shoot involved Gita and Neil, their adorable children Deven and Maya, as well as Neil’s extended family (shout out to Shilpu for finding my website and recommending me!). All of the family members were in town to meet newborn baby Maya, who is so sweet and agreeable! We had a great time hanging out around the house, putting together Legos and playing Chess. I also got to see Kiran cook the Indian version of funnel cake in a pan, which looked delicious! Deven rode his lowrider house-bike thing down the insanely beautiful hallways filled with light in their stunning house and we waited and waited for Maya to fall asleep for pictures, but she was really much more interested in whatever we were doing. :D I talked to Gita and Neil about their move to Chapel Hill from Boston, and admired their home and family. It was so great to meet and work with everyone involved and to get a glimpse into their family life this morning.
I’d like to warmly welcome Annie and Kunal in the CSP 5 Timer’s Club! ::cue fireworks:: This is the 5th time we’ve photographed them, and while I love them SO much, I have to say that I’m deeply disappointed by the fact that they weren’t wearing their space suits. I mean, it’s fine I guess… it’d probably be a lot to expect Kunal to wear a pop-up hamper made into a rocket ship every time I see him given the limited mobility of his arms, but I’m still a little sad. But, I guess I’ll just have to wait until their newest addition Adhira is old enough to fit into her older sister Aashna’s astronaut costume, and then we upgrade Aashna into something like a shooting star maybe? Or a Mars Rover? Open to ideas.
We were lucky enough to shoot once again with Kunal’s parents Rehka and Mashesh, and Annie’s mom Barbara for this shoot, and also to listen to Aashna’s amazing karaoke skills. Her little sister Adhira, while not yet into karaoke, is definitely into smiling like the most adorable baby on the planet, having a similar haircut to me, and also posing like the smallest, cutest newscaster. It’s always great fun to photograph this crew, and we are so grateful that they’re our clients!
This is the 4th time we’ve photographed Annie+Kunal (their last session is here), and it’s an absolute pleasure each time. Annnnd we’ll actually be seeing them again shortly for another session, so at this point I think we could safely move in and no one would notice. But for this session, Annie’s Dad Tim contacted us and wanted to get family photos while everyone was in town together after the holidays. So much has been happening for this family! Tim and his partner Lorre just moved to the area from Tucson, Arizona to be closer to Annie and Kunal, who just gave birth to their second daughter Adhira while keeping up with Aashna, their toddler extraordinaire (and budding chef/baker/soccer player). Lorre’s daughter Brianne just got back in town from some time spent in Japan, and Wanda, Annie’s grandmother, was visiting from elsewhere in NC. Kunal’s parents Mahesh and Rekha flew in from India to be with their kids and grandkids over the holidays, and Kunal’s brother Manu came in from Little Rock. So there was a ton of family, and they were all happy to be together! We were lucky to get to photograph them hanging out at Tim and Lorre’s beautiful home, baking cupcakes and chasing around Aashna. This was the first time we had seen everyone together since Annie and Kunal’s wedding in 2015, and a great time was had by all. :)