just to be, and enjoy one's immediate family; it's like vacation.

just to be, and enjoy one's immediate family;
it's like vacation.

That's what this family session made me feel like. Like I was just watching a vacation unfold before me. We met up on the campus of Baylor University and walked around together. We read some stories, ate some muffins, swung on the tree swings, visited the fountain, twirled, and kissed the baby a thousand times each. I loved this session because Mom and Dad didn't seem weighed down by the presence of their children. They weren't worried about the baby looking away, or big sister refusing to wear (for more than one minute) the cardigan mom picked out; They enjoyed. They watched. They listened. They smiled. They let go of expectations. This is my hope for every session; the masks come off and parents welcome their kids to take off their masks, too. I can see mom and dad make eye contact with knowing glances because their kids are being kids, again (kids have a habit of doing that, don't they). 

brothers on the downs

We went out to some hilly downs in Waco for this family photography session and had a blast. This family is so dear, so smart, and so much fun. We ended up walking over towards the lake and throwing sticks and rocks, my favorite. We even found a piece of driftwood that looks exactly like a giant squid, which just happened to be big brother's favorite animal. He kept repeating, "A giant quid!! .....    A giant quid!!!" The image below, with all the hands around little brother and those big brown eyes, slays me and lights my heart on fire. I capture my favorite image Every Single Time right when the littlest one in the family gets tired and snuggly. It's precisely when Little One is over the camera, over this session, over the direction or even the playtime, then the walls come down, the parents or siblings lean in to comfort and BAM! I am able to capture the sweetest interaction. And a family interacting is just one of my favorite things to photograph. Hence, the heart on fire. Enjoy these images. Be inspired to DELIGHT IN your family.