While I typically shoot my photography sessions in parks around Bergen County NJ, I love getting the opportunity to capture families on their home turf as well.
I traveled to this fun-loving family’s home for a backyard session and I had a blast capturing them in their yard where they are the most comfortable. When families feel relaxed they can truly be themselves, and we end up with a session filled with genuine smiles and unforced poses. And you know those are my favorites!
It may appear that this is a beautiful family of three, but there’s actually a fourth member: an adorable Labradoodle named Dustin (even his human-like name reveals that he is more than an ordinary pet to this family). We also had Mom, Dad, and Caleb, a 9.5 year-old-boy who is full of personality—he is a complete joy to be around and has a laugh that’s infectious. This trio (plus their pup) knows how to love and how to have fun. Though their family may be small, the love they have is immeasurable.
We laughed the entire time, allowing me to capture plenty of candid shots in their yard and around their pool (take a look at the pool boy or rather pool dog who brought me a noodle), and then I just hung out with them and schmoozed for an hour. By the time I left, not only did I gain two new friends in his parents, but Caleb and I became best buds, too—Caleb, thanks for showing me your Lego collection and super cool homemade zipline! You are one special guy!
I loved their genuine laughter that came from just being together. It filled this session with a joy and brightness that’s impossible to replicate. I might see a few more backyard sessions in my future after this one!